Top 3 Things I Should Have Done in College
by Rebekah Dull
Everyone has experienced something in their life that they look back on, and wish they would have done a bit differently. My first year of college is one of those things for me. College is new and scary when you first start. You don’t know what it has to offer you, unless you took a college success course your first term. Which isn’t required, so you probably didn’t or did you? Or perhaps a college success course didn’t exist when you went to college.
I just completed a full year at Clark College (Yay me!). A year doesn’t sound long, but that is further than anyone in my family has endured. I love helping people, so I want to share my top 3 things I wish I would have done my first year in college.
- I wish I would have asked for help. I was shy and stubborn. I did not want to ask anyone for help because I didn’t want to bother them, or I didn’t want them to think I was stupid. For example, if I asked where my classroom was, I wouldn’t have had panic attacks. I worried about not being able to find my class, because I knew if I wasn’t present I could be dropped from the course. Dramatic, right? But I am not the only person who has that fear.
- I wish I would have used Clark College’s services to relieve my anxiety. It’s okay that you might feel unsure, or confused. Your major might change 10 times before you’re done. The counseling and career services are a great to clear up the confusion and help you become more confident in your decisions. They also have great study labs with teachers that are willing to give the extra help you need. You won’t regret it.
- I wish I would have continued relationships with my professors. There are some professors who you will like right away and other grown on you throughout the term. Either way, those are the teachers who genuinely care about your success. Keep in contact with those professors; you never know when you will need them.
Whatever you do in college make sure you ask for help, use the school resources and build relationships. College is a journey that many take, but that few enjoy. Lastly, don’t forget to have fun!
Just because you come from a product of failure, that does NOT make you a failure. You determine that.
Rebekah A. Dull,
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