College 101: 10 Things I Wish I Knew Before College

Hello, friends!! So if you didn’t know, I’m about to start my senior year of college, and I’d like to think that I have gained some knowledge throughout the past 3 years. πŸŽ“ In honor of the passage of time, I’m starting a new College 101 series on my blog where I share tips, tricks, lessons, mistakes??, etc. to hopefully help some lost souls who are also about to embark on the next phase of their educational journey! Today, I’m sharing some of the things I wish I knew before I started college:

1. Don’t Buy Textbooks

A wise person once said, “Textbooks are a scam.” And they’re kinda right. If you can help it, avoid buying textbooks or look towards cheaper options. One textbook can range from anywhere between $25 – $400+, and throughout 4 years of college, it really adds up. πŸ’΅πŸ’° Depending on the class, you may not need to purchase the textbook in the first place. A lot of my professors use PowerPoint slides to teach, and the textbooks are listed on the syllabus as a formality and supplemental reading. Still, if you want the comfort of having a textbook to review difficult concepts before an exam, here are some money-saving alternatives:

  • Buy Used or Rent From Amazon πŸ›: It’s always best to price check for the cheapest option, but most of the time, I’ve found Amazon to be the most cost-effective.
  • Borrow From Your University Library πŸ“š: Most professors are sympathetic and understand that books can be expensive, so oftentimes, they’ll have copies of their books on loan at the library.
  • Purchase From Prior Students πŸ‘©πŸ»β€πŸ’»: Most colleges will have some type of “Free and For Sale” page on Facebook where students can buy and sell items from furniture to clothes to textbooks!! You can search through individual listings, or see if there’s a running Google Spreadsheet listing all the books for sale.
  • Use eTextBooks Over Physical Copies πŸ“±: Ebooks will most likely be cheaper than physical books, and they’re great because they also save on space! If you’re okay with reading on a screen, search different websites for digital copies of your textbook.

Sometimes, you won’t be able to skip purchasing from the bookstore. You may be required to purchase a book that is only sold by your school’s bookstore. Some pre-med classes like Chemistry and Bio make it mandatory to purchase lab notebooks from the campus bookstore. Other times, you’ll have to purchase a textbook to obtain an access code to complete online assignments. Research beforehand and ask those who’ve taken the class before to make the smartest purchase! πŸ’‘

2. Invest in a Mattress Topper

College mattresses aren’t typically known for being the most comfortable, and when you’re spending most of your day out and about in classes and extracurriculars, you want to come home for a good night’s rest to recharge before the next day. One of the best investments I made throughout college was in a 2-inch memory foam mattress pad. In comparison to other items you might purchase before starting school, this one is on the pricier end. πŸ˜ŒπŸ’€ BUT it’s one of my purchases that I haven’t regretted at all. If you’re using it throughout your 4 years of school, it’s well worth the initial investment!

3. Start Building Credit Early

It’s never too early to start thinking about your financial future, and one of the best things you can do for yourself is to start building credit. 🌟 Good credit is essential throughout your life, whether you want to buy a house and car or apply for a loan. Having a strong credit history signals to banks and other lenders that you will be able to pay off your debt down the line. If you took out a loan for college, you actually started building your credit already!

Another easy way to establish a credit history is by opening a credit card! If you’re a student, I highly recommend getting the Discover Student Card because it has a 5% rotating cash back, and it allows you to view your FICO score (which is what banks use to view your credit score) for free! Make sure you pay off your card every month because credit card interest is notoriously high, but if you use it responsibly, it’s a great way to start preparing for your financial future. If you don’t feel comfortable with owning your own credit card yet, ask your parents to make you an authorized user for theirs!

Note: There are tons of other credit card options that exist such as the Bank of America Cash Rewards or American Express Blue Cash Everyday, but I plan on diving a little deeper into them in my next College 101 post on finances! 😎

4. Join New Clubs (But Don’t Feel Obligated to Stay In Every One)

At the beginning of the school year, there will be an activities fair featuring all the clubs on campus. GO TO IT!! Even if it’s for a few minutes, allow the time to explore the different organizations your school has to offer. Aside from classes, your primary friend group will come from the activities you’re involved in on campus. Make a list of the clubs that you’re interested in, and attend the first meeting of each. If you don’t enjoy it, don’t feel obligated to stay. The main lesson is to at least give yourself the chance to try. πŸ’– I decided to rush a business fraternity my freshman year of college, and it was one of the best decisions I ever made. I never thought I would join any Greek organization before college, but the people I’ve met have become like family.

ft. my lineage!! and yes i am the shortest πŸ₯Ίβ€οΈ

5. Treat Your Body Well

As a bright-eyed and youthful Freshman, you will have tons of energy and think that you can conquer the world. Let me just say…TREAT YOUR BODY WITH CARE. You may want to go out to tons of late-night events every day or pull one all-nighter after another. You may think that you can get away with running on less than 5 hours of sleep for an entire month. BUT it will catch up to you. No one is there to tell you to eat like a responsible adult, but that doesn’t mean you should eat ice cream for dinner every day. πŸ₯• If you go out to party every weekend, don’t get too hammered to where you won’t remember last night’s details each time. Your body is a machine, and if you don’t treat it with care, it will start breaking down on you.

6. It’ll Take Time to Find Your True Friends

In an ideal world, the first group of friends you make in college either from your freshman floor or at some random event will become your permanent friend group throughout the next 4 years. You’ll instantly click, become BFFs, and be the bridesmaids each other’s weddings. In reality, finding your forever friends will take much more time, and that’s 100% okay. πŸ’ž Allow yourself the time to try new activities and meet new people because the ones who truly match with you will stick. Some friends will drift apart as you move throughout college, but you’ll also find other amazing people too. For the people who have genuinely left a mark in your life, you’ll know and will find a way to actively work to keep that relationship alive.

7. Go To Office Hours

This was something I struggled with a lot at first because talking to professors just seemed like such a scary concept to me, but teachers are human too! Most professors will be kind and understanding about your questions, and attending office hours is a great way to show that you’re proactive and want to learn. Of course, some professors may not be as nice or helpful as others, so my rule of thumb is to try and attend at least one office hour for each class throughout the semester. ✏️ If it isn’t helpful, you don’t have to go back, but it doesn’t hurt to try. Plus, professors will be more willing to write recommendation letters for you if they know who you are!

8. Find Your Balance Between Studying and Fun

Freshman year will fly by between adjusting to college, making new friends, attending social events, and studying from upcoming exams. With everything going on at once, it’s easy to get overwhelmed. It’s natural for us to want to make friends in a new environment and that requires being social which requires time. At the same time, college classes are harder than high school classes which means more time needs to be devoted to studying. I plan on writing another post about How to Study for a 4.0 and How to Balance Book Blogging and School, but the main idea is to study smarter not harder. πŸ€“ You want to find a balance where you’re not locking yourself in your room every day to study, but you also don’t want to be going out every night where you forget your educational responsibilities.

🌺 Related: The Struggle of Balancing Book Blogging and School

9. If You Have a Work-Study, Work In a Field You’re Interested In

College is *no surprise* expensive. If you receive financial aid from your school, you also might be required to have a work-study to help fund your tuition. πŸ’΅ Even if you aren’t required to have an on-campus job, it’s still a great way to have additional income for personal use. Many colleges will offer jobs ranging from working at the campus bookstore to being an assistant in the alumni office. I highly recommend choosing and applying for a job that aligns with a career you’re interested in pursuing. For example, many of my pre-med friends work in a research lab for one of the STEM departments or our medical school. It’s a great way to get industry experience but also have something relevant to put on your resume!

10. Talk to Older Students

I promise you…whatever questions you have or whatever circumstance you’re going through someone older and wiser likely went through something similar. 🌟 They’ll be a great resource to you when figuring out what classes to take, which professors to avoid, life hacks to get around campus, or even what restaurants to try in the area. Most people are usually really nice and want to share their experiences with you so don’t be afraid to approach them. They’ve been in the exact same boat as you!

And that concludes the first post in my College 101 series! Thank you so much for reading through it all, and I hope you found it somewhat helpful. What are your thoughts on this series so far? If you have any requests or other topics you’d like me to cover, please let me know in the comments!

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71 thoughts on “College 101: 10 Things I Wish I Knew Before College

  1. Thanks so much for this post, it was such a useful read! I’m currently in my second last year of high school and it’s scary that at the end of 2020 I’ll be graduating?! These tips are so insightful and obviously come from experience, I would love to see more posts like this πŸ™‚

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    1. YAY!! I’m so glad that you found this post helpful, and DONT BE SCARED!! Make the most of your time in high school, and cherish the time you have with your friends. Let me know if there are any specific types of posts you’d like to see in the College 101 series too (finances, balancing blogging, schoolwork??)

      Thank you so much for reading, Cas!!

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  2. What a wonderful post! ☺️🌸 Iβ€˜m going to be writing my bachelor thesis next semester (aaaaah), but it feels like I only started yesterday 😱 I agree that self-care is soooo important especially during exam season when you need to do all the things!

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    1. Thank you so much, Caro!! and AHHHHH that sounds scary but I’m SO SURE you’re going to do amazing. And you’re so right!! I think self-care is one of those things that is often overlooked ESPECIALLY during exam season (I know I sometimes do) It’s always a great reminder to take care of yourself first both mentally, emotionally, and physically!

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  3. Tiffany, this is a great post! I just finished school this May and I absolutely agree with everything you’ve shared here, ESPECIALLY going to office hours. Even if you think you know what you’re doing, GO TO OFFICE HOURS. Sometimes you’ll understand things better. Sometimes you’ll just chat with a prof for 20 minutes. Nine times out of ten, though, you’re better off for it than not going to office hours.

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    1. Thank you, Meaghan!! I remember being SO intimidated by going to office hours and some of them are definitely not as helpful as others, but you’re so right!! 9/10 it’s always better to go than not. Even if you end up realizing you probably won’t go in the future, at least you showed the initial effort ☺️

      Congratulations on finishing school too ❀️

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  4. These are great, Tiffany! πŸ˜€
    I was so scared of college when I got in but now it seems silly. I’m about to go to my third and final year, too. Thankfully, my college is an one hour/one hour and a half sometimes bus ride from my home, so I get to sleep in my bed, and I get to attend college because I have financial aid (it works differently here, you get financial aid if your household earns less than a certain amount yearly, and I don’t have to pay it back – the downside is I can’t get a job while studying or I might surpass that amount and lose it). I’m part of three groups/activities and they take so much out of me, but I think I’m doing ok. I’m just sad about the friends part. I’ve met many people but I feel most of them are classmates, not friends, even the ones from the grous I’ve joined. But it’s alright, I suppose.
    I’m going to study abroad next semester and I feel it’ll do me wonders to get away from all this, but I’m also nervous about it.
    I hope you have a great year! ^^

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    1. Thank you, Marta!!

      It’s not silly at all!! I was in the same way. I was so nervous about everything, and ahhh WE”RE ALMOST DONE?!?! It’s really so great that your school is close to home.

      I’m so excited for you to study abroad too! I think that’s one thing I really regret not doing because it didn’t work with my course load. I know you’ll have tons of fun though. WHere are you studying? πŸ’–

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      1. I almost wouldn’t have signed up for going, either. My mom wasn’t totally okay about me going abroad, so I signed up without telling her – there were only 2 spots for the University I wanted and I had no idea I would be chosen anyway. My course load for this semester isn’t exactly Erasmus-friendly, so if they don’t open the classes I’ve chosen, I might be in a bit of a mess. But I’m hoping for the best! I’m going to Regensburg, in Germany πŸ™‚

        Are you planning on keep studying after finishing your bachelor? Maybe you could study abroad during your Master’s …

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      2. I’m actually doing a combined program where I would get my undergrad and master’s degree in 4.5 years! I think I’m really going to try and find opportunities to travel for work or vacation, but I don’t think I’ll be able to during school.

        AHHH Germany sounds like it’s going to be a blast!! I’m super excited for you 😍

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      3. ahh that’s so cool! I wish! my bachelor is three years and then master’s degreee would be more two, but for the master’s i want most students of my bachelor can’t get in (it’s highly competitive and i’m just setting myself for failure and stress) so i’m thinking about staying one more year after my first bachelor so i can get a second one and improve my chances. so, in total, six years.
        I’m really excited about germany, especially because the city I’m staying in is really old and has some really beautiful buildings! I’ll definitely share everything online haha

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  5. omg wow SO AGREE WITH ALL OF THESE. PARTICULARLY the mattress topper one–before I went to college my parents bought me a super nice mattress topper and anytime anyone sat on my bed they were like “omg how am I sitting on a fluffy cloud right now.” SO worth it πŸ™‚ Great post!!!

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    1. YES THANK YOU HOLLY!!! OMG I could fall asleep so so well with the mattress topper, and I’d love it so much. It can really make such a difference with college beds too. Thanks again for reading my post!!

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  6. Ah this is such an informative and helpful post Tiffany! I don’t plan on going to Uni though, but sometimes I catch myself wanting to just for the life experience haha. Maybe I’ll go later on in my life…or not we’ll see. I’ve just finished my college course and am currently looking for jobs which is so painful…like honestly I feel it’d be less painful if I didn’t live in a village and relied on my parents for transport. Anyway, I can’t wait to read the rest of this series! ❀

    (I would be interested in a post where you share what made you decide to go to Uni, and how you picked the Uni you went to if they appeal to you as topics.)

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    1. Yay!! I’m really glad that you found this post helpful, Clo πŸ₯° I think it’s really great that you know for yourself of why you don’t plan to go to uni. (Also, is there a distinction for you between uni and college?) It’s something many people should reflect on too. I’m also currently in the job search process, and you’re right IT IS SO PAINFUL OMG. It’s so much stress between applying and interviewing and waiting to hear back 😭 I’m wishing you all the luck as you prepare.

      Do you have any topics in particular you’d like me to cover?? I wrote a post on how I decided on my uni a year ago! https://readbytiffany.com/2018/03/29/picking-a-college-follow-your-heart/

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      1. Ah yes for us College is like your equivalent to senior year in high school, for us College/Sixth Form is where you can do A Levels or another type of course (since I did a graphic design course not A Levels) Even if you went to College here you’d still have to go to Uni as they mean different things for us haha.

        Ooooo I’m gonna read the post you linked and then I’ll bother you in twitter DMs with a few topics if that’s ok haha ❀ Ah wishing you all the luck too with the job search, its honestly so nerve wracking I legit woke up this morning and was like I had a dream about the job interview which isn't for several weeks yet…man I want a refund on this adulting thing cause I didn't ask for this haha

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  7. Aah, I LOVE THIS POST!! I’m currently a Junior in college, and I *wish* I knew all this before I started. Especially the textbook thing, omggg. My first semester I bought all my textbooks before starting classes and spent over $500! After coming to class, not using half of them, and getting a huge Google Doc with almost all the textbooks I would need for college from an older student I befriended I immediately felt regret. Since my first semester I don’t think I’ve spent more than $30 on textbooks and it’s amazing. Can’t wait to see more of these posts! πŸ’•

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    1. ahhh thank you chana!! SAME HERE THOUGH. i was just sitting there thinking about what i wish i knew before i started. and YIKES that $500 is STEEP 😭i spent $330 on ONE mondatory textbook last semester, and i felt my bank account crying(!!) i’m glad that you have the google docs now! i got a lot of books from older friends too that was SUPER helpful. let me know if you think there are any other topic ideas you’d like to see!! thanks for reading, chana πŸ’–

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  8. This is such an interesting post, Tiffany. The college experience was a bit different for me since I went to college in France and therefore the clubs, the college-mattress things and finances are quite different here for me, but it’s lovely to read and learn from you right here! πŸ˜€ I 200% agree about self-care and taking the time to find your people, these are things I struggled with a lot at university, too.
    This is a wonderful series, looking forward to reading more of it πŸ™‚

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    1. Oooo college in France sounds really really interesting, and I’d love to learn more about it. College mattresses can be like bricks sometimes (and not the *most* sanitary #yikes so the mattress pad is WONDERFUL) also the rumors of US College’s notoriously high tuition costs are so true. i hope it’s okay in France!!

      and YES i think practicing self-care is so so important especially after you graduate college into real life. it’s so important to take time for yourself because mental/emotional/physical health comes first. i’m really glad that you enjoyed this post!! it makes me excited to write more!!

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  9. Brilliant tips here, Tiffany! I feel like everyone needs to go through a few mistakes to really learn but having a foundation always helps avoiding the biggest ones hahaha Also, making your educational/life journey a bit easier is not a bad thing, despite what many people preach. In fact, the less you have to focus on how hard life is and finding ways to make it easier yourself, the more time and energy you are left to spend on actual fun and progress πŸ™‚

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    1. Thank you, Sophie!! I definitely agree. College is really trial and error and having a place to make mistakes, but having a few tips beforehand will help you from making huge ones. Let me know if you have any topics you’d like to see in the series later on!! Thank you again for reading!!

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  10. Thank you so much for blessing us with such an amazing post, Tiffany ❀ ❀ The mattress at my college orientation was horribly uncomfortable and I was up all night so definitely need to get a mattress topper. I'm apprehensive and scared for making friends, and just trying my best to remember that it'll take time, and have to push myself out of my comfort zone and try new clubs! Looking forward to your other college posts πŸ˜€

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    1. KAY!! I was thinking of you when I was writing this, and I’m really glad that it was helpful. πŸ₯° OOF some mattresses really do feel like bricks so you sohuld definitely get a mattress topper then. i swear it’ll be life-changing! don’t be worried about making friends!! i’m sure you’ll be a-okay. just remember that everyone else is in the same boat and are new to campus and are looking for friends too! let me know if there are other topics you’d like to see ☺️

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  11. This is a super helpful post and I would’ve loved to have this back as a freshman! I go to a college where my fees are included (textbooks as well), so fortunately I don’t have to worry about those, but I agree they’re EXPENSIVE. Hearing my friends from other schools complain about textbooks around this time makes me cry on the inside for them.

    I’m about to enter my senior year as well and um… I’m already feeling the consequences of NOT having a credit score. (Should’ve taken a hint from Discover because they kept pestering me and I finally caved recently.)

    I’m still scared of joining new organizations though, along with making friends – it’s one of my biggest struggles (to be fair I usually have to run off campus for work so I don’t have time).

    Can’t wait to see other posts in this series!

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    1. YAY I’m so glad that you found this helpful, Sophia!! I honestly thought back so much to what I wish I had known before I started college. OOO I’m so so glad that your textbooks fees are included. I had to spend $330 last year on ONE mandatory textbook. 😭 My wallet was seriously crying.

      IT’S OKAY. Better now to start building credit than 10 years from now. It’s good that you know!! I’m still scared of meeting new people sometimes, but I think we’re doing well! I think blogging is also a great avenue for meeting people and making friends too ☺️

      afklsjflaj your excitement for my series makes me even more excited to write!! let me know if you have any ideas you want me to cover!

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  12. Such a great post. I’m in my last year of college and I totally agree with the take care of your body point. With all the classes, overnight reading, presentations and projects its easy to get burnt out and not eat and sleep well.

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    1. Yes exactly!! I feel like many students feel guilty in NOT doing those things or they take a lot of pride in pulling 3 all-nighters in one week or never getting any sleep, but in actuality, it’s SO bad for your body. It’ll really take a toll on you too.

      Thank you for reading my post ❀️

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  13. I’m also going into my senior year and 100% agree with all of this! I really wish that I had started going to office hours sooner because I keep running into situations where I need a letter of recommendation but I don’t have that many options because I didn’t really get to know many professors. I was so freaked out by how official they all seemed that I just avoided one-on-ones at all costs which was completely wrong looking back on it. Best of luck with your senior year, Tiffany, and I look forward to reading your other college posts!

    Laura @BlueEyeBooks

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    1. Yes!! Thank you Laura!!

      I really wished I wasn’t too scared to attend office hours my Freshman year, but I started branching out more my Sophomore year and met some really great professors. I hope you’re able to meet more professors your senior year too!! BEST OF LUCK ❀ ❀ ❀ Let me know if there are any topics you'd really like me to cover!!

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  14. This post was so helpful Tiffany! Though I haven’t gone to college yet, I agree so much that you really have to be responsible because nobody is there to tell you to sleep early or eat healthy. I learned that the hard way when I spent two months in China without my parents HAHAHA. Amazing post ❀

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    1. YAY I’m glad that you liked it Caitlin!! OOF I hope you were okay and didn’t burn out too when you were in China, but that also sounds really fun!! I think it’s something we all know, but it’s honestly SO hard to actually implement and follow in our daily lives πŸ˜…

      Thanks for reading!! ❀️

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    1. Thank you!! I’m glad you found these tips helpful, Crystal. Joining new clubs have definitely been my primary way of meeting new people and making friends. πŸ₯°

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  15. This is such an amazing post, Tiffany! I love all your advice so much! ❀ When I first started college, I quickly found out that textbooks are such a scam! I now purchase all of mine digitally or through Amazon. It helps me out so much in the long run. I have yet to join any clubs, but I'm considering doing so next year (I'm afraid I have too much on my plate this semester!). Treating your body well and finding a great school-work-social balance is so important! I felt awfully overwhelmed during my first year of school, when I didn't know how to manage my time well! I'm glad to admit that I have a decent idea of how to balance everything now! Haha! πŸ™‚

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    1. Aww thanks so much Kelly!! I really appreciate that you enjoy it ❀ Amazon is really a game-changer when it comes to getting textbooks, and I also love asking any of my older friends too. OOO Clubs are great to meet friends, but I also understand where you're coming from because we can get SO BUSY!! I really hope you'll find a better balance this year when it comes to school and especially blogging, but it's honestly such a struggle figuring it out even now!

      Thank you so much for reading my post!!

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  16. This is such a lovely post, Tiffany πŸ™‚ you refreshed my college memories, though it’s been a good 7 years since I passed my college. I used to live at my home when I was in college so my experience was quite different. I always wondered what it would have felt to live in hostel πŸ˜€ Now thinking back at that time, I regret how I wasn’t into reading at that time and of course, blogging was so new for us. Yes, I am that old school πŸ˜€

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    1. Aww thank you, Sim!! I’m really glad that you enjoyed this post and that it brought good remembers. I think it’s so cool to see how much the blogging community has changed over time. Definitely would appreciate any adulting advice you have now that you’re out of college ❀️

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  17. This is such a wonderful post, and these are all pieces of advice I wish I knew before college too. Especially textbooks. I always bought used and resold them online (usually on abebooks) to try to get some money back. So expensive!

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    1. OOO I’ve never heard of abebooks before, but I definitely want to try checking it out too. I really wish I knew not to buy textbooks earlier on so I could’ve saved more money!! I’m glad that this post was something you could also relate to after college too πŸ’–

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  18. I LOVE THIS POST SO MUCH TIFF!! It’s super useful to me as I’m looking into more college stuff now (the sobbing in the distance? it’s me) and I’ll definitely keep this all in mind for the future. I can’t wait to read more of the posts in this series!! ❀

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    1. IM EXCITED FOR YOU BB YOU ARE GROWING UP~!! (but sometimes it doesn’t feel like there’s even a huge age gap?? like you just friend)

      you can always reach out to me when college stuff rolls around more about essays + where to apply. my dm’s are always open to you πŸ’– i hope you like the next few posts i have planned (but have not written ahahhhahahhhaa)

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      1. AAHH BUT I HATE GROWING UP 😭😭 and fhdshfsd yeah I really don’t feel an age gap with a lot of the people I talk to here which makes me happy!! ❀ and I may have to hit you up about college in the future, but in the mean time I'm excited for your posts, whenever you write them 😎

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  19. This is such a BRILLIANT post!! I’m not going to college (or uni?? i think is the British equivalent!) for a couple of years but i will definitely keep this post in mind for the future!! I love these tips so much and cannot wait for other posts in this series! (also high-five to being short!)

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    1. AHHH IM SO GLAD YOU LOVE IT??? 😭❀️ I’m glad you still have some time before you have to decide about uni, but I’m still super glad that you thought these tips were useful. I think a lot of them can be applied in lots of other areas too like finding friends and taking care of yourself.

      MUCH LOVE, KERYS!! πŸ’–

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      1. Definitely! These are also great life tips! I’m lowkey obsessed with study bloggers/youtubers at the moment and I’m super excited to read more of this series! Thank you for writing such an awesome post!! πŸ’›

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    1. I’m so glad!! Best of luck for your start of college ❀️ Let me know if there are any other topics you’d love to see~

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  20. I’m currently in the middle of finals of my first semester in senior year, and I relate to everything you said! I might just make a post like this, because there are quite a few different things to mention for Indian students because our system is so different. Great post πŸ™‚

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    1. You should!! I love reading about everyone’s experiences, and I’d love to see how our systems differ too. Thanks for reading! πŸ₯°

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  21. I graduated college in 2011, and I think all of this is still relevant. I majored in English, so my textbooks were really just…books. I lucked out in that area, but I remember I did have to take a biology class and couldn’t afford the textbook. I checked out every day I had that class in order to do my homework. But it almost didn’t matter because the professor’s Powerslide slides were literally the entire chapter word for word! It was kind of frustrating.

    I definitely second building credit. No one taught me that so now that I’m 31, I only recently started to build my credit.

    And YES to going to office hours. I went to a small university, but I took advantage of my professors’ office hours and they were all SO WILLING to help me. It really helps to build that student/professor relationship so at least the professor knows you’re TRYING.

    Such a great post, Tiffany!

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    1. Thank you so much for reading!! I love that so many of these tips that applied to you a few years ago are still relevant now (well maybe not AS relevant because of COVID LOL)

      Thank you again for stopping by!!

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