Walking through the halls and through the gate of my college for one last time as a sophomore, as my last examination was over, was an unusual experience. I heard some students mumbling to themselves that today is their last day in the college and this instantly hit me. My graduation day is not far. I thought about my last two years of having seniors as my mentors and amazing friends. And also the fact that I am going to be a senior in a month’s time. I thought about my duties as a senior, and how college is going to change as me being the part of the graduating batch of English Literature. So I made a list of my major advices to my juniors, and I wish I could have gone back into time to tell this to the younger me.
1. You don’t need to impress your seniors. It doesn’t matter how fascinating they may look, and you would want to copy them to mould in the newly earned college life, but it doesn’t work like that, trust me. Every person is different and takes their own time in growing and organizing their life.
2. Spending money on food and clothes is utterly futile. Wear what you feel comfortable and good in, don’t pay heed to judgemental morons and fashion police. I am aware of the numerous college fashion blogs that influence us women greatly, but if you want to dress up or you feel like coming in pyjamas and crocs, don’t stop yourself. Your outfit should depend upon your confidence, not others’ comments. You will need to grow thick skin too. But it wouldn’t matter much as long as you are sure of your purpose.
Secondly, those fragrant restaurants near your college are a bait for hungry students. Have a healthy breakfast in the morning and you won’t feel lethargic post noon. Energy is required to be attentive during all those hours of lectures, and fried food is definitely not helping you. Swap your morning coffee with green tea and include plenty of green vegetables and fresh fruits in your diet.
3. Lectures are important. (but you need to choose among the worthwhile)
I completely relate with the feeling of freedom of choosing between the lectures, and being autonomous. But with great power comes great responsibility. Lecturers definitely teach you something useful, no matter how much your seniors have trash talked about that professor. If you’re sure of the fact that you already know more what he is teaching, you can choose. If you think you can learn more than he is teaching, you should reconsider, because you might lose out on that topic while reading yourself. Sometimes lecturers teach you valuable concepts which definitely help you in writing your exams. Once you become a pro in analyzing your professors, you can freely skip lectures and tutorials.
4. Smart bag packing is crucial during your graduation. The reasons are two – it helps avoid carrying extra burden and saving from embarassing situations. Relieve your bag of all bits of paper and useless things. Always carry an extra pen and tissues. Also, changing bags too often causes to miss some of the contents. Get yourself one sturdy good looking bagpack and you can save a lot of your time. I assure that bag will also be nostalgic after your graduation is over. Watch bagpacking essentials on YouTube for good advices.
5. Be good to people, but not overattached. We’re adults now, and entering college also means socializing as an adult. That means having more mature relationships with people, be it your colleagues during internships or your fellow class mates. We often get swayed away by a lot of new things, but at the end of the day you matter the most to yourself, and keep that in mind for eternity.
6. Don’t be afraid to take chances. Try new things and participate in different activities. Don’t know whether I should congratulate you or console with you, but you’re now responsible for your own actions, not your parents. And isn’t it the greatest feeling? College is just not about a three year degree, it’s much more than that. By the time you get the certificate in your hand, you will be an entirely different person, and damn right I can assure.
7. Start a hobby. Your hobby creates your identity, not your course. Join some classes, explore yourself and your interests because all this life you were taught to become someone. Now it’s time you know who you are and who you’re meant to be. And if you feel that childhood is over, you’re wrong. You have just started. Learn by unlearning.
8. People who do not socialize are not mean. It’s a stereotype. In my case, I have found the coolest humans on Earth in the dark corner of the canteen, stealing Wi-Fi and hogging on crisps and coke. The most resolved people in life are those who keep to themselves. Be friendly to all, and you might find your 3am friends in the most bizarre places. As mentioned before, be open to perceive and understand people.
I am very excited to see new freshermen around in the next semester. Life is going to be different in a month. Well life is always different every day. But major events are likely to take place, like me becoming a sort of a mentor to the newcomers. Learning however doesn’t stop for me here.