Happy Back To School
I remember going back to school; fresh books, teachers, and lessons. If you haven’t gone back to school yet then you probably will very soon, so why not gain some wisdom from the wise.”Walk with the wise and become wise, for a companion of fools suffers harm” (Proverbs 13:20). Angelica is an outstanding woman of God and is in her last semester of college pursuing Mechanical engineering; what better person to give college advice!
In your opinion what is the hardest aspect of college?
The hardest aspect of college is understanding your path and following through. Once you identify your goals, it makes it easier to execute college and to stay persistent through trial & tribulations.
I was a straight-A student in high school and I just seem to struggle a lot in right in college. I am frustrated, what do you suggest?
Relax. Don’t apply any more pressure to yourself than college already does. Find some guidance through mentors, older students, alumni, or even your peers. Get some information on academic resources and programs that can help to readjust your focus and steps to get the grades you want. One of the best advice that I have received throughout my college career is “Work Smarter, not Harder”.
How do I pick a major?
College has so many opportunities available, so you should never limit yourself, ever. When deciding on the major you want, make sure that you can maximize your experience outside of the classroom within the next four years ahead of you. Thus, my key advice would be to brainstorm your interests and then based off of those listed, find a major that creates your interest into a passion.
Ok so what about professor and student relationship? Is it really important that I speak to my professors? I am nervous, I am one out of 300 students?
Yes! these professors will not know you unless you make an impression on them. So build relationships with them in order to reap the benefits of recommendations, grade changers, and overall, academic excellence. So, find your way to office hours, emails, front row, or whatever you need to do to show your face.
Do I really need an internship? Are they even useful?
YES. Experience is very important because it helps you to maximize your skills and bring you closer to your career of choice. Even the worst internships can teach you about yourself and what you don’t and do like.
I went to the bookstore to buy my books? was that a good idea? Where should I buy textbooks?
No, college is a business (aka expensive ) so go check out Amazon Prime for students, Half.com, free online pdfs, and older students that took the courses before you. Thank me later.
How do I maintain my faith in college when there is so much temptation? How do you flee temptation?
Find your foundation. Find that place on campus that you can go for spiritual wisdom, fellowship, and accountability. Whether it is a campus fellowship on campus or a nearby Church, campus hobby, or an on-campus coffee shop that you can reflect in. It is important to guard your heart throughout college and sometimes isolation can bring growth but don’t lose yourself.
How do you make time for God with your busy schedule? How am I even going to make it to church without a car?
Prayer is essential, so I always try to find time to pray throughout the day and to also receive wisdom in the smallest breaks (walking to class) through podcasts, youtube sermons, music and so forth. Sometimes I do fall behind, so make sure to have friends to keep you accountable and give you rides to church if you can’t find one on campus
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What should I pack for move in and what should I leave?
Your Bible because the enemy be trying it, especially at some schools more than ever, but that’s a topic for another blog post. Also, don’t forget your skin care, hygienic products, and stress reliever products because self-care is KEY. Don’t bring your whole closet to school because let’s be real, your style is going to change, you’ll be going home on breaks, and seasons change so nobody has time to be throwing out clothes when it is time to move out.
How can I avoid the freshman 15?
LOL. I am still learning; I’m currently at senior 4.5. However, being active through recreational and club teams are helpful because the team needs you so you can’t skip even if you don’t feel like going. Fitness is also more fun in a group context.
What about friendship? What is one friendship advice you would give to your freshman self?
Not everyone is for you (clapping emojis). Freshmen babe, the best thing you can do for yourself is to love yourself first because that’s the only thing that will stay constant for the next four years.
How do I make friends?
Pray for intentional friends, and then go out to organizations (social and professional), campus events and etc. because what is faith without works.
How can I interact well with my roommate? Did you ever have any roommate issues?
Set your boundaries even outside of the mandatory roommate agreement that you are forced to sign. Most of my issues were due to lack of communication.
How do you manage a social life and school life? What are some of your organization tips?
Lol in my pre-conditioned life or now? What I have learned now, is that both types of lives should feed into you and not the other way around. So, in some semesters my social life would just include organization meetings and my quiet time but then in others, it would be more parties. Thus, I would suggest that you take some time to relax and take on hobbies outside of your academics that can be your getaway when school becomes stressful but are also career builders.
Any more college advice?
Whoever said college was the best four years of your life, didn’t have their future figured out. The honest truth is that college will be a great four years only if you decide to dedicate it to your lifelong growth, success, and happiness. Here are 11 principles I wish I knew about growing up.
- Know who you are authentically because what you thought you were in high school was an illusion.
- As a lady, never shoot your shot, when you were just meant to keep score. (Stay Focused)
- Look at your friends, now ask yourself: what purpose do they serve? If they can’t grow with you then they can’t hear from you.
- In your worst moments. Still, show love.
- Embrace the pain, you can’t go under or over it but just through it.
- Don’t be afraid to say follow God and proclaim His name freely and boldly.
- Lack of communication leads to a greater assumption.
- Don’t let people suggestions be your greatest wisdom.
- What God has for you, you have to take it. There’s no way around it.
- The goal is to be a humble servant and not a boastful nuisance. The bible says that those who humble themselves will be exalted.
- Mental health is worth more than your grades.
Thank you, Angelica, for such great advice! I couldn’t have said it better myself. As you have blessed us with your wisdom, so will the Lord return that blessing to you double fold.
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