Advice to Incoming College Freshmen

I get it. You just graduated high school where you were the top dog. You’re ready to tackle college and you know exactly what to do. You know your parents’ advice is outdated and you’ve read enough blog posts that you’re ready.

I was the same way. So if you won’t listen to your parents and you’re looking for one more post to read, at least consider the top ten things I wish I had known as an incoming college freshman.

1: Don’t Take 18 Credits.
No matter what you think, college is different than high school (unless you took Mrs. Mays’ BC Calculus class. That is exactly like college). Plan to study three hours for every hour in class (well, I said plan… we all know that we wait until the night before to study but it’s the thought that counts). You need it. Plus, you don’t realize how much time you don’t have in college because you now cook your own meals, you do your own laundry, you buy your own groceries and you do your own cleaning (this is where you’ll begin to miss Mom). In my opinion, the best way to have a balanced school/work/social/personal life is to take between 12-14 credits. You’ll thank me later.

2: You Don’t Always Have to Buy the Newest Edition of a Textbook.
More often than not, an older version is almost exactly the same and costs significantly less money. I tend to wait until after the first day of class to buy my textbooks. Then I ask the professor’s opinion of different versions and I avoid spending $200 on a textbook I don’t actually need (which has actually happened). And thanks to Amazon Prime, you can get most textbooks within the next few days (yay for student discounts and two-day shipping).

3: Pick Three Majors That Interest You.
Your first semester at college you need to pick three majors that interest you (even if you’re already a hundred percent set on one major). Take one class from each major. This will give you the opportunity to explore any career route that has peaked your interest. You’ll be grateful you did some exploring before it was too late.

4: Join Clubs and Volunteer.
Take advantage of the clubs and volunteer opportunities on campus. They will give you the experience you’ll need when applying for jobs without requiring you to have any prior experience. One regret of mine is that I wasn’t involved enough in the opportunities my campus had to offer. It would have made job application season so much easier. Get involved. Get Experience.

5: Keep Your Dating Standards High.
This is where a majority of my college regrets lie. There are plenty of fish in the sea. Don’t just fall for the first person that shows you a little bit of attention. You’re worth more than that.

6: Get a Sports Pass. 
If your college offers a sports pass, get one. Even if you don’t have any friends yet. It will help you make friends and it’s a great way to be involved in your school. Not getting a sports pass is one of my biggest regrets of Freshman year.

7: Dishes.
Don’t be that guy or girl who never does their dishes. Simple as that. Also, don’t be that roommate who leaves mean notes about dirty dishes (guilty as charged).

8: Call Home Often.
You need it and they need it. No matter how crazy or annoying they are, family will always have your back. Moms usually know the right things to say and Dads usually have your best interest in mind. Call home.

9: Keep Your Chin Up.
You’re not the only lonely person in college. There are plenty of people to make friends with. It just takes time and practice. Keep your chin up and try new things. You’ll make friends.

10: Don’t Lose Sight of Who You Are.
After years of late night papers and endless jobs to pay the bills, it’s easy to lose a little bit of yourself. Don’t become so focused on grades or internships or getting the right job that your personality begins to dull. Invest in yourself as much as you are investing in the future. Go the the gym. Read a book. Paint a picture. Constantly do the little things that make you who you are.

 

What is your advice to incoming college freshmen? I’d love to hear your tips and tricks in the comment section below!

We Found Love

We found love in a hopeless place. Actually, our story is pretty cute.

It was the first day of church (yes, church) at the beginning of a new school year. I was sitting by myself and this guy and his roommates sat next to me. We introduced ourselves, neither of us commenting on the unusualness of the other person's name, and he asked me where I was from. I told him I was from Vegas (which is definitely one of the best things about introducing myself) and he said he had just been there. I mapped out for him where in the city I lived on the back of the church program. Church ended, we parted ways, and when retelling this encounter to our parents later that day, we both remarked flippantly that we'd probably get married one day.

Little did we know.

School started that week and would you believe it, this boy was in one of my classes. I was grateful because it was typically a Freshman class but I had neglected to take it. I wasn't excited about being surrounded by doe-eyed, "A"- hungry, freshly legal students. Fortunately this boy was no Freshman and was willing to sit next to me the entire semester (even though I honestly slept through 80% of every class).

The days flew by, the leaves turned from green to red to orange to dead, and not much had happened between this boy and I. But then, Halloween.

For those of you who don't know me, I am the most paranoid, weak-stomached, scaredy-cat you will ever meet in your life. A group of us decided to go to a haunted corn maze and I was terrified. By now this boy and his roommates were pretty close friends with me and my roommates, so naturally we went through the haunted house together. Unbeknownst to me, this was a maze of haunted houses, not just one. For the first few houses I was huddled behind one of our friends and never opened my eyes. However, he was too excited and moved way too fast for my petrified body. So, who was the closest available body to cower behind? You guessed it.

I latched onto that boy like there was no tomorrow and buried my face into the back of his hoodie. Later when discussing this adventure, my husband told me he thought I was just playing around and I was using this as an excuse to flirt. So naturally, he convinced all the maze's ghouls, ghosts, and goblins to terrorize me more so that I would hold him tighter.

"But now that I know you better, I've since realized that you were actually terrified."

You think?

Well, the rest is history and we have plenty of hilarious stories leading up to our wedding day. My husband and I are as different as night and day. But we love and support each other, keep a sense of humor, and always end the day with a hug and a kiss.

 

How did you meet your significant other? I'd love to hear your love story in the comment section below!

 

Read our engagement story. It's sure to make you giggle.

We're having a baby! Read our pregnancy announcement story!

The Haunted Corn Maze

Our First Date

Our First Picture as a “Thing” (we look so little)

Welcome!

I’m in my last year of college and I just had my first baby. Life is crazy with trying to balance school, family, an internship, and three jobs all while training for a half marathon. I am majoring in Advertising and I currently serve on the BYU Women’s Studies Honor Society. If you think my hands are full, you should see my heart.

The purpose of this blog is to empower my readers. I hope they can leave my blog feeling inspired and uplifted. If not, at least they had a good laugh.

 

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Here’s my best and worst advice, how-to’s, shoulds and should nots. In short, these are all the lessons I had to learn the hard way.

 

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