What I Wish I Could Tell Myself When I Started College

It is hard for me to believe that I will be a college graduate in less than three months. When I reflect on my experience, I have been blessed to have an amazing group of friends and a fun and diverse experience. However, I wish I learned more quickly. I feel like I am a completely different person than I was when I started school, and while this is common, there are a few key ideas that I wish I heard at the beginning.

Do Not Take Yourself So Seriously

When I began college, I was motivated and ready to tackle any academic challenge I was faced with. While this led to success in my classes, I ignored a lot of the other important aspects of school. I stopped working out consistently, skipped out on some social events, and did not spend enough time meeting new people. These habits only got more extreme over time and led to a pretty serious downward spiral towards the end of my sophomore year.

Through the pandemic, we have learned that life is short and it is important to appreciate every moment along the way. Keep this in the back of your mind when you start stressing about an exam or worrying about your internship plan for the summer.

There Is NOT One Path To Success

Throughout my college experience, I have had some amazing mentors that have guided me through the rigorous pre-med gauntlet. Sometimes, however, I took their advice a little too seriously. I thought that I had to EXACTLY replicate the actions of my mentors in order to be successful. And while that would have led to a great resume and some accolades, it would not be