New Beginnings: What I Learned in College

And. . .I’m back! Hey friends! Sorry for the delay, but I finally managed to come around and write this post! Now that my undergraduate career at UC Merced has finally come to an end, I thought that I might share the things I’ve learned my four years there. This may not apply to everyone, but I hope you like it anyway!

Note: These are all things I learned from my own experience. I’ve never travelled abroad, nor am I good with budgeting money, so if those things are really what you’re looking for, maybe ask another friend haha (I’m still working on it). Regardless, here you go.
  • It’s okay if you aren’t attending your first choice school.

    • Trust me. I never imagined myself walking to class at 8 am, and stepping outside to breathe in the fresh aroma of cow manure. Yeah, Merced was my safety school, and yeah, I hated it at first, but trust me, no matter where you go, approach it with an open mind. You never know what you could learn from your surroundings. UC Merced housed the friendliest, and close-knit campus community. I can’t count how many times I’ve lost my pencil pouch and have had it returned safely to me each time. You can pretty much ask anyone to watch your things, and trust that it will be there when you return. Of course, if you are going to any larger university, I highly recommend you take better care of your valuables than I did.IMG_9795 copyProcessed with VSCO with a7 preset
  • You will struggle to fit in.

    • It’s a given, it will happen, and you will be fine. You’ll make friends, don’t worry.

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  • You will meet different types of friends.

    • Those you are close to will change. It’s inevitable. However, you will make those friends you will keep life long relationships with, and those deserve to be cherished.
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  • College is NOT a race. I repeat, NOT A RACE.

    • Sure, you may not have pictured your college career this way, but life takes unexpected turns. You haven’t failed if it took you a bit longer. It’s nothing to be ashamed about. TBH, I just finished with two summer classes. Sorry friends, but class and work this summer took top priority. And, I still have to take a class at SJSU in fall.
  • To first years: Do not be afraid to try new things and DON’T BE LAZY

    • Join clubs! Perhaps even go through greek recruitment if you feel like it. Don’t let the idea of ‘too much work’ stop you from trying something new, because screw that comfort zone. Take on leadership roles! That being said, please don’t overload yourself your first year either. Get a feel for the campus and community, and learn to schedule and prioritize things according to what’s best for you.

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  • If you lose your way,

    • I’m biased, of course, but I wouldn’t recommend something I don’t believe in. Go talk to your career counselors on campus. Take career assessment tests, and discover your strengths. Seriously. If you are currently at UCM, talk to Lezly at the Center for Career and Professional Advancement. She’s awesome, and will help you with all of your Career Assessment Test needs.
  • You will encounter failure and disappointment. . .

    • And survive. Don’t let failing a class weigh you down. Retake that son of a bitch and try again. And if you decide that you failed a class and realized that it has nothing to what you want to do in the future, take another class. You will be just fine. Your harshest critic in college is yourself, (not your parents).
  • Be the best you

    • Learn more about yourself. Explore those hobbies you’ve been meaning to try. Go on adventures with friends, go to concerts, do whatever you’ve been wanting to do, just be smart, and safe. Another part about loving yourself is taking extra great care of your body. Eat healthy and workout. You aren’t going to have that high school bod forever, lol.
  • Thank your professors and TA’s.

    • I know it may be difficult to, but gratitude goes a long way. Be sincere when you say thank you (There is a clear difference between sincerity and gratitude). TA’s are also graduate students, doing research, and taking their own classes. TA-ing is only apart of their journey to receiving their Ph.D. If you are fortunate to have a TA who genuinely cares about you learning material, and wants you to succeed, rather than lackadaisically letting you do whatever you want, THANK THEM. They take their time out to help you. Same with professors. They have lives, and families too you know haha. Some professors even rewrite curriculum because they really want their material to stick. If you have a job on campus, and some adult staff you work with are amazing people, thank them too.
  • Don’t sweat the small things.

    • Life is way too short. Have an amazing year in college! Study and work hard, and don’t forget to have fun.

 

 

-Asia

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Big thanks to everyone who stuck by me through this awesome journey!

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