I'm about to head off to college in the fall and it's pretty terrifying since i've lived in my suburban city my entire life. Can you offer me any advice on college like what to do or what not to do?
If you’re a girl: don’t get pregnant.
If you’re a guy: don’t get a girl pregnant.
Other than that, it’s pretty much just have fun and enjoy. Try a lot of different things and just try to enjoy life as much as you can (but beware of the consequences!). Make friends and be nice to people, because you never know, after college they might be able to help you out in getting a job or finding a place to live. Concentrate on doing well in school (play hard, but work hard as well). People argue that grades don’t determine your future, but you’re already paying for schooling, why flunk it? Besides, a good grade may get you somewhere (it may not), but a bad grade will definitely get you nowhere. Focus on learning within your major and outside your major. You’ll get a lot of life experiences and skills that may come in handy in the future. Stay open minded, because you never know, you might leave college wanting to do something you’ve never thought about doing before.
Look at me, I went to college to study physics, went to gradschool in physics, and now I’m drawing for a Saturday morning cartoon show. My interest went from finding the Higgs Boson and figuring out how particles retain their mass to “I just wanna sit here and draw cartoons all day.” Keep an open mind.
Also, a little extra advice from personal experience: I don’t know how highschool was for you, but remember that in college there is no peer pressure that you might’ve had in highschool. You’re pretty much your own person. You are not defined by your friends, and by god, you have the right to choose your friends. If you have to put up with the people you call “friends”, or you get pushed around by them, then they’re probably not worth being friends with. And this is perfectly okay. It’s okay to move from one group of friends to another until you find one you feel comfortable in. A lot of college experience is experienced with “friends”, and if you don’t choose your friends carefully, your experience won’t be great.
Good luck, and remember to always use protection.