10 Things I Wish Someone Had Told Me When I Started College

By: Dylan Howard

  1. Start saving as much money as you can. College is a weird. You are at a place with food and living spaces and things to do and for most people, they only have to pay bills at the beginning of each semester. For some, even this isn’t a problem, as their parents take care of the cost for them. That all changes 6 months after you graduate and all of a sudden you find yourself having to repay several thousands of dollars in student loans. Start preparing for that now, people.
  2. Don’t worry about sex. I know many people who spend far too much time worrying about trying to “get laid”. It almost becomes an obsession, as college is portrayed as this place where everyone is having sex with everyone every weekend. Then if they don’t succeed, they feel like losers. If it happens, it happens. If it doesn’t, it doesn’t. Who cares? If you want to wait until marriage for sex, great. If you want to go wild and see how high your number can get, great. Do what makes you comfortable. Just be safe, or you’ll catch something. It’s a jungle out there…
  3. Work part-time during the school year. Extra money is great, and in college, walking around with a $20 dollar bill in your wallet pretty much puts you in the upper 1% of income amongst your peers. Plus, you’ll feel good about yourself when your jobless friends are complaining about their workload and you’re thinking “Seriously? I do more than you already and I have a job. Quit complaining”.
  4. Don’t feel the need to drink or party. I promise you that you do not need alcohol to have a good time, and too often people just use booze as an excuse for them to act stupid. If you want to drink at a party that’s fine (assuming you’re 21), but don’t have a fun time ruined because you’re the DD and feel like you can’t have fun without being inebriated. Also, you can make some serious cash by making people pay you to DD for them. Just make sure you ask them for money after they’ve been drinking.
  5. Get. An. Internship. This is so important. As far as wanting to be a marketable individual after you graduate, you better get an internship. Think of it, companies are constantly bombarded with a bunch of other 22 year olds with a degree in whatever, trying to grab a job opening. Having an internship where you worked full time immediately puts you near the top of the list.
  6. For the love of goodness, start assignments early. First and foremost, I am definitely not the poster child for doing things early. In fact, I’m writing this very article the day after it was due. My life would have been so much easier had I front-loaded all of my assignments. No more all-nighters, no more last minute cramming. Just do your stuff early. Netflix can wait.
  7.  Fill your first year with (insert class) 101. Whatever you think you want to do with your life when you start school, it’s more than likely going to change. Sometimes you never know you enjoy something until you try it out. Use your first two or three semesters and take every different kind of class you can. Learn what you like!
  8. Take advantage of this incredible time in your life. Believe it or not, you are never going to have more free time in your life than when you’re in college. No full time job, no kids, no hours of driving every week. These four years are the life! Make the most of it. Take long trips, see the world, hang out with your friends. When you’re sitting at your first parent-teacher conference in ten years, don’t regret not having a good time.
  9. Learn about other cultures and beliefs, and rethink your own. You probably won’t have another opportunity to be surrounded by people who are literally from all over the world. Sit down with them and ask them about their childhood and their traditions. And forget what your parents taught you about politics and religion. Start finding out what you truly believe for yourself.
  10. I couldn’t think of a 10th.

Dylan Howard, from Jacksonville, Illinois is a senior who is majoring in Economics with a minor in Mathematics. Dylan was born very young in 1993 and is the fifth of six children. Dylan is best known for his “Rambler Rant” where he takes trivial arguments way too seriously. If you want any interviews or autographs, you’ll have to contact his secretary.



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