Ten Things I Wish I Had Realized In College

  1. Any amount of scholarship money helps. Even if it's relatively small, it's important to keep your grades up to continue receiving that money. Don't be like me and lose your scholarship for a year because you let your GPA dip too low.
  2. Fear Of Missing Out (FOMO) is healthy, in moderation. You don't want to miss social opportunities but you also don't want to accept them every time because you will wear yourself out.
  3. Always opt for IU's Health Center over the CVS Minute Clinic. Contrary to its namesake, CVS appointments can and usually do take over an hour, whereas if you schedule an appointment early and in advance at the Health Center, you can practically breeze in and out and get whatever sick you got going on fixed. Also, CVS will often turn you away without a proper diagnosis and/or medication, which is extremely frustrating.
  4. It's a major disservice to yourself not to get involved. I was not particularly involved in any of IU's vast number of clubs and organizations, except the Greek system and I wish I had been.
  5. Creating traditions is extremely important. My best friend and I happened to attend IU's annual production of The Nutcracker at the MAC all four years of undergrad and it wasn't until this last winter that I realized how special and memorable doing that was and will be.
  6. There are so very many fantastic restaurants and venues in Bloomington that I still haven't tried. I'm sure all five of my senses would have appreciated me taking advantage of them all.
  7. Getting season tickets for IU basketball is the thing to do. I can't tell you how depressing it is not to be able to attend the games, especially now that they're so exciting and well attended. If you'll still be around next year, buy season tickets!
  8. Dating is its own beast in college and means something different from person to person. Be self-sufficient and stay open minded. You never know who you might meet.
  9. Balance is key in every aspect of college, but it's not easy to attain. Learning what works for you requires a lot of trial and error, but eventually you will know how to function well and be happy.
  10. When I say I wish I had known these things, I mean it, but I don't mean that I regret what I didn't know. College is about education, both in an intellectual and personal sense and there's always more to learn. So regretting is pointless, but retaining and sharing knowledge about it is not.
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