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The Queen's Tips for Upcoming College Freshmen

I recently received this email from a visitor and I wanted to respond in the form of a post:

"I love what you did with the website! I just want to know if you have any tips for someone who is about to go to college next month. I am really nervous and sometimes it feels like I am not ready." 

My number one tip would be to stay true to yourself. When you leave and go off to college, it is like a totally different world. You will have to interact with so many different people from all different walks of life. People will have different styles, views and personalities than yourself. Don't change for anyone. 

I'm sure that you have already heard from your high school teacher's, guidance counselor's, and family that you need to study. Well, I am going to say it again...STUDY! Even when you don't have a test...study! When you come back to your room from class...study! You MUST study! Someone once said that in college you can have three things, but only choose two: A good social life, good grades, or enough sleep. Choose wisely.  

Find a group of people who are like-minded as you. Get involved. Join as many clubs as you can handle. Extra-circular activities look GREAT on a resume with a good GPA. Network at every single opportunity! Its not always about what you know, but who you know. 

Going to college is a huge step. You may feel overwhelmed. Never give up. Don't be afraid to ask for help. Ask questions in class and make special trips to meet with your professor after class. If thing's get too hard, don't be afraid to seek psychological help or counseling. There is help out there but you cannot be afraid to ask for it. You have not because you ask not.

FIND A CHURCH HOME AWAY FROM HOME! If you like to attend a mega-church, that is fine. However, here is a little secret: find a smaller church that either does not have many youth, or they have a medium size college campus ministry. The smaller church's are more tight knit. They will embrace you. They will treat you like family. And there is nothing like the feeling of having family close when you are in a new, strange place. 

 Whatever you do, give it your all. Go after what you want. You never know what the outcome will be unless you try. The worst feeling is wondering "what if." 

To all of my upcoming college freshmen queens: I wish you much success, an absent feeling of hunger (you will learn), and a few  good Thursday nights.  

xoxo, 

 The Queen