As you may know, I am a SENIOR this year. I have learned many things in my three years here. (Three years because I am graduating a year early!) Here are a few things that I think are important and I wish I would have known as a freshman.
- Don’t use a tray in the Caf. People will look at you funny. Yes, you’ll have to take multiple trips to get food, drink, silverware, and that extra chocolate chip cookie, but it helps you be able to see and talk to more people! The Caf is all about the social life! And carb overload….
- BUY AN UMBRELLA. Even boys use them. It rains a lot, like sometimes weeks at a time in March and April. It’s a great investment. I have gone through a few in my time here, but definitely the bigger the better! Rain coat and cute rain boots optional, yet extremely recommended.
- Take advantage of the FREE tutoring in the CLCS. It’s FREE!!!!! I should have used it way more for my Organic Chemistry class, but was too embarrassed to. Don’t be! College is hard, and at some point, EVERYONE struggles. Believe me!
- Don’t brag about how you were Valedictorian in high school, or student body president, or on Homecoming court. College is a whole new ballgame, and everyone gets to start fresh. You’re in a new place, with new people, and no matter who you were your four years in high school, you can start over and become whoever you want to be! Your past is all behind you.
- Don’t always go hang out with your friends. You need to study.
- Don’t always study. You need to go hang out with your friends.
- Don’t let your spiritual life take the back burner. And by that I mean that chapel does NOT count as church. Chapel is great, but you still need to find a great church to get plugged into. Accountability is CRUCIAL in college.
- Don’t let stress overwhelm you. The first semester of college may not be your hardest academically, but it is hard in SO many other ways. You move away from your parents, your high school best friends go to schools in other states, you miss your (sometimes) annoying little brother (love you, Tate!), you have to find a job and pay for your own gas, you have to take Chemistry and you’re terrible at it, you have to learn how to balance friends, work, church, school, and so many other things that college students struggle with. Here’s a piece of advice: Don’t let these things get you down, or make you not enjoy college. It is a part of growing up and maturation. It is not easy. Honestly, I am in my senior year, and still haven’t gotten perfect at prioritizing. I eat out too much and in the Caf way too little. I stay up wayyyy too late sometimes watching Netflix with my roommate. I put off studying til the last minute. And you know what, that is all okay. Everything in moderation. BUT I AM NOT TELLING YOU TO NEVER STUDY OR DO HOMEWORK!!!!!!! That is the main reason why we are here, and Trevecca provides us, its students, with a phenomenal education. But twenty years from now, when you have an incredible job and a happy life, you are going to thank Trevecca for more than just the degree that gave you that job. You are going to thank good ole TNU for hiring Godly, caring professors that mentor and teach their students to become the most successful worker and Christ follower that they can be. You are going to thank Trevecca for the many fun memories and events that you reminisce on when you flip through your old Darda yearbook. You are going to thank Trevecca for the tight-knit group of friends that you still have, twenty years after college, and for those classmates that you catch up with during class anniversaries. But most of all, you are going to thank our “Home on the Holy Hill” for instilling in you the desire to have a relationship with Jesus Christ, everyday. You are going to be thankful for the mentality of Leadership and Service that is stressed by this great institution. And twenty years from now, I guarantee you won’t remember the nights you got a lot of sleep.