This week I’ll be heading back to college! (Well not quite.) I’ll be visiting with the ladies of Delta Zeta and Alpha Phi during LSU’s Rush Workshop as they prepare to welcome potential new members and expand their sisterhoods! I can remember those days of my own life vividly – I mean how can one forget being in a house with 200 other girls bouncing, clapping and singing for two weeks straight? Oddly enough, those are some of my favorite memories/stories from the sorority now!
After I got emails from both chapters inviting me in, I started thinking about my own college years and what I’d tell myself if I could. I quizzed Jordan too. And it turns out that my advice to my college self is also advice I’d give my present and future self. Check it out in today’s full post!
Keep Reading Advice to My College Self
You Never Get A Second Chance At A First Impression
Krystal, you’ve heard this one before, and you probably ignored it or rolled your eyes. But have you ever wondered what impression you give other people observing your visual cues? College is a time when you meet A LOT of new people who are making assessments of your character. Stand up straight, make direct eye contact, and positively engage in your conversations.
Check Your Default Face (RBF)
And when I say “default face,” I really mean “resting bitch face.” Krystal, you have RBF – you won’t figure this out until like sophomore year. But sometimes when you’re lost in thought or listening very attentively, you have an unfriendly or unwelcoming face. One way to present a more pleasant face is to not set your jaw. Leave your jaw a little open or press your tongue to the roof of your mouth to prevent any unintentional scowling!
Quit Being In A Rush
Stop saying “I can’t wait until…” Because while you are thinking about the future, you will sometimes miss the present. College FLIES by so fast, and you’ll regret all of those “I wish this semester was over already” quotes. Cherish every little second of it – this is your last hurrah, and you’ll want to make it last!
Cultivate Your Tribe
Meet everyone you can while in college – and hopefully leave a good impression like we spoke about above. They will be a part of your professional network one day. I won’t name names, but some of the people you least expect from undergrad will be your biggest blog supporters later in life. (People you worked with your freshman year at the Rec Center will be your SEO heroes for your website.) You never know how or where you’ll need these connections – but you will.
Investigate. Take the internship. Learn what you love to do and learn what you hate by taking more classes applicable to being a business owner. Instead of taking Astronomy 1 & 2 to get an easy A (it will actually be really difficult and you’ll struggle to get a B), take more business classes. Lord knows you will need them when you decide to be your own boss. And actually, you probably need to take some accounting classes too because you’ll be paying a butt load of self-employment taxes one day.
Get Out Of Your Comfort Zone
Accept risks. This means you’re going to make mistakes – mostly of the heart, BUT you will learn the most from these decisions. You’ll learn what you want in a partner during these years and finally pick the right one. Test your limits. You should go on that study abroad summer trip even though you know you’ll have major FOMO knowing all your friends are back in Baton Rouge. (You actually won’t do it, and you’ll always regret it.)
Ps. Wash your face every single night no matter how late it is. And that 2 a.m. Taco Bell will go straight to your butt.
What would advice would you give your college self? I’d love to hear in the comments!
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