The Five Best Things about Being a College Student

Hey there! This was one of my first ever posts on my blog, but I’m keeping it live for archiving purposes. Keep reading to hear what I thought about this topic on Jan. 17, 2016, or click here to browse my more recent posts.

Going to college isn’t for everyone—but anyone will admit: it’s better than high school!

From preparing students for career success to making everyone feel welcome, life on a college campus is a whole new world full of endless opportunities. Here are just five great aspects of university life:

1. You’re on the road to success—and you have a support group to keep you on track.

It’s true, you can slide by in the back of the classroom, and your professors aren’t going to call a parent-teacher conference to get you back on the right track. But if you really want to get somewhere with your career—and you make an effort—your professors are going to support you every step of the way. It’s likely that your university even has free student services, like tutoring or a writing center, to help you out. The whole school is rooting for you: you just have to make it happen.

2. You have a newfound freedom.

I don’t just mean this in the obvious sense; of course, it’s nice to have independence as a young adult, but you can also simply be yourself more than was socially acceptable in high school. In college, there are thousands of new and diverse people. They all dress, speak, and express themselves uniquely—and you can too! You’ll quickly become friends with people who share your interest in indie rock or turtlenecks.

3. You are surrounded by people who share your passions.

Are you a book nerd? So are all the other English majors! Love practicing for hours on end? So do all of your fellow music majors! In college, you can become completely immersed in an environment filled with people who have the same quirks, aspirations, and dreams as you. You’re constantly learning —and hopefully making lots of new friends along the way.

4. You have the chance to try all those things you wished you had done in high school.

Maybe you were in eleventh grade when you decided you wanted to join the chess club, but by then it was too late to get in on the action. Or maybe you decided you wanted to go for the soccer team after try-outs were already over. Whatever the reason, now, while you’re in college, is your chance to get involved. One of the best things about university life is that you can join nearly any club you want—and compared to my high school, the options seem endless.

5. You find yourself.

In just my first semester of college, I discovered that I’m an introvert, found my true calling, and even changed my major. I figured out what I want in a friend, and what time I study best. I learned so much about myself that I had never thought of before—and it was life-changing. For the first time, I felt like I knew myself. Of course, you don’t have to go to college to find yourself, but self-discovery is encouraged and nurtured in the right university environment.

What are some of the best things about your university? Let me know in the comments!

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