Hey guys! Welcome back. I am extremely excited to announce that this is a guest post from Lauren. Be sure to check out her blog! She wrote a post to my readers, as well as her own, about college from a graduating senior. I hope you all find this as helpful as I did.

1. You really don’t have to have it all figured out.

I began my undergrad career at a totally different school than I am graduating from, I’ve changed my major twice, and at one point I added in a minor. Oh, and during my sophomore year I took a semester off. So here I am about to graduate, but it took me 5 years. This is something that I did not expect, none of this was part of my plan or vision. I used to hate this and almost feel ashamed of it. But the truth is, it really doesn’t matter. Who’s the one setting the precedent that you must finish in 4 years? Who gets to decide how long it all takes you? YOU DO. Don’t put too much pressure on yourself to have your whole entire future figured out. Because even if you don’t, it will all work out. Figure it what it is you really love and can see yourself doing and don’t worry about other people.

2. Actually take notes and actually study.

Note taking is probably one of the first things people think of when they think of going to class. And yes it can be boring, but real talk taking notes is so helpful and important. Taking notes is just going to help you remember and review material. And personally, I love handwriting my notes. Okay I know this is probably an unpopular opinion, but handwriting notes totally helps and is actually shown to be more beneficial than electronic notes. Now of course if you can’t hand write your notes than don’t stress yourself out, but if you can, you totally should. I have retained more information for exams through handwriting my notes in class and then actually rewriting them later at home. Yes it can be a hassle and yes it can be time consuming, but honestly it’s so worth it. (and also the rewritten notes are always so much prettier) I’ve just found that the notes I’m taking in class can be messier because I’m trying to make sure I’ve got all the important info down. But going back later allowed me to organize all the info in a way that visually made more sense to me and that was easier to read. Plus, writing the material over again is going to force you to read it again and reinforce what you’ve learned. And yes studying is annoying, but seriously do it. You won’t regret it.
3. Live your life the way you want to, it’s YOUR life. Live authentically. Don’t feel pressure to live the lives others are. If you do, chances are you won’t enjoy it. I learned this the hard way, but it really is such a worthwhile lesson to learn. Don’t waste time living other people’s lives, live yours.
4. Have fun make memories
Rule 1: Don’t worry so much about what other people think that you don’t have fun.
Rule 2: Don’t let school bog you down so much that you don’t make time for fun. Yes, take school seriously, but allow yourself to have time where you are enjoying yourself. It is really a balance that you need. Make memories that will last forever. Time flies.
Rule 3: Don’t worry about money so much either that you keep yourself from living life.
5. Learn , don’t take the easy way
It can be so tempting to take the class that will be an easy A or not show up to your 8 am class because there’s no strict attendance policy, but honestly try to refrain from that. To be honest it only hurts you. It’s kind of a waste of money and you’re not really learning. Don’t waste the time you have in school. Sure maybe some semesters you give yourself a bit of a break and take an easier class, but don’t do that for every class, or consistently.
6. Don’t stress too much  
Stress only takes a toll on your body and your mind. Relax, and realize that you need to give yourself a break. Take time for yourself and don’t feel bad about it.
7. Be open to people and the world
Be open to new opportunities that this unique time in your life offers you. There may be opportunities and chances that pop up while you’re in college that you may not be able to take advantage of at any other point.
8. Take your time, enjoy the journey  
Don’t worry if it takes you longer than the “standard” four years for you to finish college. Just enjoy your time in college and don’t try to rush it.
9. Balance
It’s so easy to get caught up in one thing or the other and become singularly focused on that one thing. Try your best to be aware of that and realize that balance is key to live your best life.
10. Get involved Put yourself out there
Take hold of all that your college years brings you. There are so many groups, clubs, and events at school- take advantage and join. This is something that I really didn’t do, and I definitely regret it. You want your school to feel like your home and you want to feel like you’re actually a part of the community there.
11. Be kind
Most importantly be kind to all of the people you come across. College is a time when you meet so many different people, people you may never have otherwise come across. Be kind to those that seem different than you. To the person that on the surface seems unlovable. Our world needs far more love than we have right now. Just keep that in mind as you are navigating through your college career.

Xoxo, Lauren Moriah

Thank you so much for stopping by! And thank you to Lauren for writing this awesome piece. I look forward to many more. Comment below if you would like to be featured on my blog as well. Don’t forget to follow both Lauren and myself if you have not already and I hope to see you next time!