Lessons I Learned My Freshman Year of College

Thursday, May 10, 2018

I shared a recap of my second semester of freshman year on Tuesday but I also wanted to share with y'all a post summing up some of the lessons I learned throughout my freshman year. Starting college and leaving home is definitely a time of change and I definitely learned a lot, which I feel most people my age would agree with.

Even though I did learn a lot in the classroom, most of the lessons I learned happen outside of the classroom. I definitely grew a lot as a person this past year and know I'll continue to grow throughout my time at Clemson.

A call home never fails

Find the good in every day

You can never have enough comfort colors t-shirts

Nothing brightens your day like running into a friend on campus

Stand up for what you believe in

Early bedtimes are rare and definitely cherished

Big truly knows best

Live in the moment

Go to office hours

It's ok to do things on your own

No one really cares what you wear to class

Friendships change and while some grow, it's ok to let go of others

The grass isn't always greener on the other side

Shower shoes are a necessity

And so is coffee

Instagram is a highlight reel

Sometimes getting off campus for a little bit is all you need

Friends should lift you up and help you grow, look for this type of friends

Be nice to everyone

It's ok to not know what you're doing

What lessons did you learn this school year? Let me know in the comments!


  1. You're learned some good lessons this year!! My freshman year of college was such a transformative year for me- I learned tons of life lessons then that I carry with me today.

    xoxo A

  2. What great lessons ! Sounds like you're off to a great start! Clemson has such a lovely campus .

  3. great lessons that will carry you through life!! Lol I realized post-grad that no one has any idea what they are doing, so it's even more okay to not know what you're doing lol

  4. These are great lessons! I had to learn all these the hard way as well when I was a freshman!

    xo Deborah
    Coffee, Prose, and Pretty Clothes

  5. This post made me miss my college days, these are great lessons!


  6. This is such a sweet post and made me miss my college days! Great lessons, girl, and enjoy your summer!

  7. Totally agree with "nobody cares what you wear to class" It's definitely not like high school haha

  8. It sounds like you had a long year, but from that time you've learned from every experience you encountered. It gets so much easier after this!

  9. I've been out of college for two years now & still live by the "you can never have too many Comfort Color t-shirts" rule, so don't forget that one ;)

    xoxo, SS

    Southern and Style

    1. I don't think the giant box of t-shirts I have will let me forget that one haha!

  10. I remember my first semester of college and how exciting it was to leave campus! It was so refreshing to hop on the bus and head downtown to do some shopping or go eat food that wasn't from the dining hall. One thing I learned was that it's okay to not know what you want to do with your life. Chances are, not many people do!

  11. Great lessons learned! When I think back to college I remember stressing over every little thing- definitley not worth it or necessary!

  12. aw, this gives me all the feels! definitely a year for learning!

  13. "Instagram is a highlight reel" - yaaassss!


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