Friday, July 5, 2019

10 Things I Learned During Freshman Year at Harvard

I finished my freshman year of college at Harvard about a month ago and I wanted to share my experience. Whether you're getting ready to leave for college or beginning your applications, hopefully you'll get a feel of what college is like!

 Walking into my first class on campus was so nerve racking. Everyone was so smart and accomplished, and I listened to their stories and introductions in awe. I had two NASA scientists in one of my writing classes! Since I'm in the dual degree program at Harvard and working on my bachelor's and master's in Business Administration simultaneously, I took two graduate classes this year. Being the youngest in these classes by about 10 years, I was immediately intimidated. However, I was surprised about how kind and helpful everyone was. Not one person acted superior and were constantly asking for my input on projects. My professors were some of the best teachers I've ever been around.

I grew as a person, both academically and personally, more this year than any year of my life. Moving out was a huge, scary step for me but also completely exciting. My mom is my best friend and not having her be only a walk downstairs took time to get used to. 

When I previously questioned if I'd be able to keep up with the amount of work, I now know I can. I'm so grateful for the friends and memories I've made this year. There were definitely overwhelming nights that were spent crying because of all the work that had to get done, but for every night like that, there were more spent laughing. College is an incredible experience, but it's completely normal to have some nerves going into it! Just remember that everyone is going through the same thing.

1. College is nothing like high school. I can't speak for other schools, but at Harvard there were no issues with drama, which was such a relief. Everyone is so busy with bettering themselves that there's no time! If you're in high school right now, dealing with mean girls and drama, it gets so much better!

2. Utilize!! I didn't know this until my second semester and I really wish I knew about it sooner. It makes such a difference to have a professor that doesn't make you afraid to talk or be in class! Good professors want to see you succeed! 

3. Don't buy your books through your school book store. You can rent textbooks on amazon. Who wants to be stuck paying for a bunch of textbooks that you probably aren't going to open again!

4. When they say it goes fast, it really does! Those endless nights in high school of studying, extra curriculars, and endless application essays, all got you to where you are now so enjoy it. Time flies!

5. Balence, balence, balence! Your school work should always come first but don't forget to have fun. It's perfectly okay to go out with friends but it's also completely okay if you want to stay in. One of the benefits of college is that you get full control over your schedule. 

6. Keep an organized planner. Being organized in college is essential. The first day of college, I wrote down all the important dates from each syllabus in my planner. That way I made sure I balanced school, work, and fun!

7. Be yourself and don't worry about making friends. Try new things and approach people! College is all about going out of your comfort zone. Try new things, meet new people, and laugh a lot.

8. Stick to your morals. Don't let peer pressure or anything else effect dating, going out, partying, or joining certain things. People won't judge you for not wanting to do something. 

9. Do not pick morning classes! As much as you think you're going to be up at 6 am for a workout, have breakfast at 7, and then be right on time for your 8 am class, you're not! Save yourself from some hard mornings!

10. Seek help if you need it. Everyone is rooting for you and sometimes we all have hard days. Your academic counselors, health center, professors, and friends can all lend you the support you need. Make sure to ask for help!

Let me know what your best tips for college students are. 


  1. smart and pretty

  2. this was helpful. thank you. would you do a college series?


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