ashley-85All the packing and shopping had paid off; it was move-in day. I was officially a college student! I had everything packed strategically in the car. My brother asked, “Is this all going to fit?” I replied with a shrug of my shoulders. Being the first in my family to attend college, I didn’t know what to expect. But I was eager to learn. Here are some things I wish I knew:

* Don’t take everything you own. There is not a lot of room.
You can always return for more.

* Take classes in high school similar to those you need or plan
to take in college. I didn’t take anatomy my senior year,
and I am regretting it now.

* When it comes to studying. Study a little every night.
Don’t think you can study for an exam a few hours the
night before. You will be up til 4 in the morning,
and most likely you will not pass the exam.

* Learn from others mistakes. You will have plenty of time
to make your own. And you will make your own.

Please know that college is not what you see on T.V. or in the movies. It simply will not be what you are expecting. And you will have unexpected road bumps along the way. That doesn’t mean it cannot be fun. My favorite memory so far is being up til 11 one Wednesday night baking cupcakes and coloring with my new friends instead of studying. If you listen to one thing I have to say please let it be this: No matter where you are or what you are doing, you can have fun. If the right people are there, you can’t help but have fun. Enjoy everything you do and the people you meet!