Coming from a small, conservative school, I had no idea what was in store for me in college.
Decision after decision would determine the outcome of my college career. All of a sudden I was exposed to so many things that I had not witnessed in high school.
Some decisions I chose wisely, and others not quite as much. My belief is that there is no problem with making mistakes unless you keep making the same ones without learning anything. My point is that sometimes, it is a good idea to truly step back and look at where you are and view your life in third person.
Listed below are some decisions you may face in college or have faced before and how they can affect you as a person.
Should I Go to Class Today?
This is a big one. I know a lot of students — including myself — who have struggled to find the motivation to go to class.
There is a big problem associated with not going to class: money is being wasted. At the beginning of the semester, we all receive bills and a huge portion of that is tuition.
Learning to be committed and responsible is an essential part of becoming an adult. Believe me, I understand that sometimes we all need a day off and that’s fine, as long as it doesn’t affect us negatively later.
Should I Pick Up an Extra Job or More Hours?
If you get a part-time job in college, it can get a little stressful at times.
A job teaches you a lot about better time management and productivity. Occasionally, your job may offer you a few extra hours or you may get an opportunity elsewhere to dog sit. If you think you can handle it, go for it. But if you know you’re already slightly stressed, avoid taking on a workload that is beyond your reach at the moment.
Will I Be Accepting of Others?
When I came to Angelo State University as a freshman, I did not expect to witness so many different perspectives, political views and cultures.
In college, I heard some things I agreed with and other things I did not. In the end, I learned to listen to others’ ideas and respect them as people. I really encourage you to do the same. You will be amazed at how much you learn and find out about yourself in the process.
Should I Drink?
I remember when I was first offered alcohol in college. I have never been the type to drink, so I turned it down.
Now I’m not saying this makes me better than anyone. I understand everyone has their own opinions. My point is, not everybody does it.
Personally, I would not recommend drinking in college as a minor if you have an exam to study for, and much less if you’re driving, because of the serious consequences associated. Should you choose to drink, be sure to go with a trusted group of friends, never leave your drink unattended, designate a driver and drink responsibly.
Should I Accept Controlled Substances?
Randomly, one day I was offered Adderall. I rejected the offer and the stranger just walked off and, honestly, I don’t think I have ever seen him again.
For those of you who don’t know, Adderall is a controlled substance in the form of a pill that is intended to treat ADHD but is commonly used by college students as a “study aid.”
It’s never a good idea to accept any drugs from strangers. You have no knowledge of the person and what it is they are truly trying to sell you. Second, it is illegal. Third, it is addictive and can have severe health consequences.
What are My Boundaries?
Know what your limits are. You will face questions that range from “Should I eat out?“ to “Should I engage in casual sex?“
The list is endless, and it is a good idea to have at least a small sense of who you want to be.
Of course, in college you will change as will your boundaries. That’s fine as long as you don’t feel you are having to compromise a huge part of yourself. Bottom line, just be you and surround yourself with people who respect that.
What choices have you been faced with? And how did you decide what to do? Hit up the comments below and let us know.