Some Things You Should Know if You’re Just Starting College


Oh, so you’re just starting college this semester? Well, here’s some things you should know.

1. The high school social cliques you are familiar with will get you no where.

There are no preps, there are no geeks, there are just people. If you spend your time trying to fit into high school social roles, you will not succeed in college. People are simply people.

2. You control your own destiny.

The amount of work you put into college is what you will get out of college. In high school, it was a system. In high school, things were not often fair in the sense that some people got credit where they didn’t deserve it. In college this is not so. If you put in the hours, no matter your intelligence, you will make good grades. If you do not, you will fail. Hard work is the key.

3. Consequences.

Life does have consequences. I know it’s hard to believe, but not showing up for class and spending all of your time partying will get you an F. And don’t even think about copying anybody’s homework.

4. You’re paying for this.

The government pays for high school. You pay for college. Even if you get a scholarship, you pay with your performance. Don’t blow it by being lazy and not doing your work.

5. Oh by the way, it’s the best time of your life.

The freedom of college is something that is a wonderful experience. The different cultures and the memories made should be enjoyed. But as with all of life it’s about responsibility. Get used to it, responsibility is here to stay from here on out.



Matthew Estes

Matthew Estes currently exists in the ether between graudate student and full-time worker. One day he hopes to be a full-time novelist and blogger, but until that day comes he spends his time playing video games, eating pizza, and being with his soon-to-be wife. However, he has yet to do all three at the same time. Bucket list stuff, you know.