“Honest Advice for Incoming Freshmen”
College has been a whole new experience. New people, a new environment, and this year felt like my life was really starting. My freshman year of college was such a fun and exciting year, and although it has come to an end, I am so thankful that I had the opportunity to go to such an amazing university. Here are 13 things that I learned as I look back and reflect on this year.
1. You will fail exams that you stayed up all night(s) studying for, grades don’t determine your worth, you can try again as many times as it takes you to succeed.
2. Go up to people and introduce yourself, make new friends, it can be scary at first but everyone’s on the same boat & everyone needs a friend.
3. Go to your professor’s office hours, you may learn that they are really cool & you may even end up becoming super close with them.
4. It’s okay to be by yourself and do things by yourself, whether it’s eating lunch, studying, going to local/school events, you’ll find peace in hanging out with yourself & getting to know yourself more.
5. Be open to new people & new experiences. Don’t close any doors for yourself until you 100% know something just isn’t for you.
6. Anxiety & panic attacks are horrible but you will learn how to manage them and realize that you’re so much more than all the worrying that goes on in your heart and mind.
7. If you want to party, great. If you’d rather stay in & do a face mask while watching 80’s movies or studying or eating ice cream, great. Do whatever makes you comfortable.
8. Mental & physical health comes first, always. Take a break from studying & go outside to run, walk, workout, take a nap, stretch, get your sleep, eat healthy, drink loads of h2o!!
9. You will make friends and lose friends but that’s when you’ll learn to be thankful for every single person that enters your life. Some may stay, some may go, but you have to appreciate the time that y’all had & just hope for the best in the future.
10. Be kind, always. No matter what. Smile at strangers, ask them how their day’s going, spread happiness all around. A small random act of kindness that you do may be the highlight of someone’s day.
11. Loneliness, confusion, sadness, etc. can all sneak up on you at the oddest times, and that is completely normal. These growing pains & new transition in life can feel overwhelming but I promise you’re doing better than you realize. Talking these feelings and sharing how you feel with someone can help immensely so never be afraid to reach out for help.
12. Go after the things that make you happy, even if they are on the total opposite side of the spectrum from your major/ career choice. Try new hobbies and do not be afraid to branch out.
13. Do assignments for school ahead of time. Break down materials when you’re studying so it doesn’t feel overwhelming. You’ll learn how to study & what works for you. Don’t procrastinate, get ahead on school work & you will feel amazing come finals week.
When I say that college is the best, I mean that College is THE best. There is so much to look forward to and I am so grateful to have met such insanely awesome friends this past year. I loved getting to be a part of Fashion Society at my school and help out with the fashion shows this year, working at the retirement home on campus and meeting such joyful senior citizens, growing more, discovering more about myself.
GET TO KNOW KIMBERLY:
First and Last Name: Kimberly Mata
Hometown: San Antonio, Texas
University Attended: The University of Texas at San Antonio
Current Job/Occupation: Medical Scribe for a Children’s Hospital & Summer Camp Counselor
Other ventures/”Side Hustles”: Photography & Babysitting
What’s the best advice you ever received as a student or young professional?
“There is only going to ever be one you in history, so be the best you that you can be”
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