This post is not about how to not gain 15lbs eating at BDH; although, I could write about that. I would like to offer 15 truths to the girl anxiously awaiting her freshman year at MC. May you find the same joy in your experiences as I did.
1. If you are natured anything like me, you will miss home. It’s ok. Most people do whether they say it or not. If you are in school close to home, never feel bad about going home. I am convinced that I am the biggest Daddy’s girl on the face of the earth. The longest time I had ever spent apart from my Dad before leaving for school was a week. The whole summer before moving in, I dreaded the blessed day. Every night I was home that summer, I sat right beside my Dad until I was almost asleep. The weeks leading up to move in, if anyone even mentioned the term, I was in tears. The thought of not having my sweet Daddy to wake me up every morning overwhelmed me. I decided to stay at Meredith for two weeks before coming home. I wanted time to adjust to my new schedule and scenery. I had a busy week and a half. It was nothing short of wonderful and I was loving life. I adjusted to everything just as I was told I would. I moved in on a Saturday and 10 days later, on the following Tuesday, I woke up and thought: “Why am I doing this to myself?” I live 45 minutes away. If I want to see my Daddy, why am I forcing myself to be here? So that ended that. I drove home after class that day, surprised my father and I will always remember the look on his face when he saw me. Pure joy. It had been a long 10 days for both of us.. After seeing him a few hours, I got in the car and headed back to Meredith. I felt secure in knowing I had the best of both worlds. I was then officially okay with not being at home. Since then, I have never felt homesick and I have never let anything stop me from going home if I want to.
2. GET INVOLVED. I went to Meredith with the mindset that I was going to do everything and I did. I had THE BEST time. Not only is this a great way to meet people but it is a good way to discover new interests. By the end of my freshman year I was a teaching fellow, class rep for 1891, secretary of my class, vice president of the college republicans, member of young educators, cru and 50 other groups I don’t have time to name, and participated in all freshman traditions. I recently committed to being on orientation crew for 2017 as well as student assisting a class at MC for incoming freshman this semester. Add into the mix having a best friend who plays football at NC State- busy year but so good. Enjoy all that makes up this unique time.
3. Do not let anyone control your happiness. I see so many girls lose their identity chasing something. Sometimes it’s a boy, a certain image, or likes on instagram. You will never get your college years back. Remember that.
4. Take care of yourself. This should have been the first thing on the list because it is so important. Eat well 80% of the time and find a time to exercise on week days. It can be such a stress reliever and needed alone time. You deserve it.
5. Learn how to budget school and social time. Too much of either and not enough of the other is not good for you. Don’t get so caught up in all of the work that you have no life. You will become miserable.
6. Utilize your professors’ office hours!! At Meredith, the professors are so eager to help you if you seek them out.
7. Pick a designated time each day to get away to study. I found that it was easy for me to get distracted in my room.
8. Buy a planner. Use it. When you receive your syllabuses, write down every single due date. Write in every single club meeting. You will get overwhelmed and overworked and think you will remember something but trust me, you won’t.
9. Don’t procrastinate. Just don’t. If you can help it.
10. Get as much sleep as you can. Never feel bad about taking a nap if you need one.
11. Take lots of pictures- you’ll want them. The year will fly by and it’s always fun to look back and appreciate all that you experienced.
12. When you walk through campus, smile. Say hello to people you pass. Say thank you to all the sweet faces that do so much for us. We are lucky to have such a wonderful, supportive Meredith family.
13. There’s always a sister willing to come along side you to encourage, love, and push you to be a better person. Look for these angels. Befriend them. Love them. Appreciate their presence in your life and their dedication to Meredith.
14. Utilize the learning center. Utilize the library and all its amenities. Utilize the fitness center. Walk the Meredith mile. Sit by the pond. Study in the amphitheater. Walk to Ben and Jerry’s. Walk to the fountain and throw a penny in every once in a while. Savor the moments that capture Meredith so well.
15. Be engaged every single day. Be intentional about your goals. Try to remain on a schedule but don’t be afraid to mix in a few spontaneous things too. Value the sisterhood of Meredith College and make it your personal goal to have the best experience possible at our wonderland.