6 Things I’d Tell My Introverted Undergrad Self

During my first day on campus I was overwhelmed by my naive, unbridled enthusiasm and the intense anxiety that always comes with meeting new people in a new environment. I remember my mother’s face when my parents realized they actually had to leave me on the campus all by my lonesome…a campus that was less than an hour  away from our home.

As I think about college, I laugh, I smile, and I cringe a little. I had good times, I had good times that I thought were bad times, and I had bad times that are now laughable times. College was, more than anything, a culmination of exploratory experiences that all adults should have–if the option is available.

Now that I am a part of the working world, undergrad most definitely sounds like a vacation. I would totally do 21 Jump Street –college style — if the powers would let me… but I digress.

I decided to compile my own list of the 6 things I would tell my extremely introverted undergrad self…

1. Be brave! Stop being afraid of making mistakes.

This is the one time in your life where you can actually make a few mistakes. Make them in the name of  self- progression and keep it moving!

2. Do the things that make you happy!

There were so many things that I enjoyed doing and wanted to do back then. I enjoyed singing, writing poetry, and just about anything creative. But I was (and still am) shy. And you know what? I kept it to myself for fear that others might not find it cool, or they’d think that I was bad at it!

3. Minimize the amount of loans that you take out.

This is a big one. Don’t take out any more student loans than you actually need! A few years of powdered laundry detergent, Ramen noodles, a part-time job and riding back seat in your bff’s hooptie will not kill you.

4. Make wise decisions about a college major.

What you don’t want to do is continue that Ramen-noodle-powdered-laundry-detergent lifestyle when you enter into your career. If grad school isn’t in the crystal ball, make wise decisions about your major.

Choose something that will keep you gainfully employed after 4 years of school. Try minoring in those fun abstract classes.

5. This is your time to travel, see the world, learn languages, and observe other cultures!

This is one time in your  life where you wont have to submit paperwork to a supervisor requesting time off for vacation. For many, there are no children to  worry about, no mortgages, no car payment, and no student loan payments. At this point in life, a summer vacation should be  abroad with minimal amenity requirements.

6. Find a mentor.

This may be the best piece of advice that I could share. I caught on to the concept of mentorship later than I probably should have. It’s important to find someone that has gone through the process and can give you candid advice and direction, especially if you come from an environment where that leadership was not readily available.

 

 

 

 

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