It's been a week since I've graduated college, but somehow it doesn't feel real still. I missed Purdue before I even left and wanted to talk a little bit about the things that I learned during my time there and how transformative college was for me. If your new here, welcome! I'll give you some of the backstory. I've lived in the suburbs of Boston my entire life, when applying to college I stuck with mostly east coast schools. My mom encouraged me to apply to Purdue on a whim because my uncle went there. My plan to go to New York took a sudden turn when I got my Boilermaker acceptance letter. So here are just a few of the many things I learned while at school. 
Also if you have any questions about going to college/or if you are going to Purdue or thinking about it please don't hesitate to ask in the comments or by email!!

College is a clean slate
I was an introvert in high school. I spent a lot of time by myself and I was quiet aside from the time I was around my few close friends. I was sick of being the quiet kid in the classroom and knew that in college I was ready to start being more outgoing and outspoken. I was also worried about what people were going to think of me when the knew I had a blog. Something I am so thankful for is judgement free friends. They thought it was so cool and creative and were totally supportive! I love how college is so much less judgmental and you don't have to worry as much what people think of you.

Figure out who you are/Say yes!
Aside from having a fresh start, this is really a time to grow as a person. There's a lot of trial and error in this journey, and with that is a whole bunch of new experiences! A helpful tip for this is to keep an open mind to trying new things. Say yes as much as possible! I could never see myself in a sorority four years ago, and I was so against it my freshmen year my thoughts were clouded with the stereotypes. But I rushed my sophomore year and have made some of my closest friends through Tri Delta. Don't be afraid to go out of your comfort zone every once in a while!

Take advantage of your independence
Depending on how you grew up, college could be the first time that you really make your own decisions. This was definitely true for me. My parents always gave me directions on what to do, and college was the first time I really made my own plans and my own decisions. I absolutely loved the independence and freedom. I got to decide when I wanted to do my homework, when to wake up, what to eat, who to hang out with, what my plans were for the weekend. I am still a really indecisive person, but I've gotten a lot better since college.

It's ok to not have it figured out
I originally started as a business major and was hating every second of it. As I dove deeper into my core business classes sophomore year I knew that the next three years were going to be brutal if I didn't do something about it. But I had no idea what I wanted to do. It's kind of crazy that when you're applying to college at 17 years old you're expected to know what you want to do with your life. And it's ok to not know yet! It's not said nearly enough, but so many people change their major in college. Nearly everyone I know started as one major and is graduating with a different degree. Take the time to figure out what you're passionate about, even if it's during your sophomore or junior year. Talk to other students that are in that major as well, it can be really helpful to talk with others about what they're doing and what their classes are like!

Make the most out of where you are
The midwest was a big change for me. Thankfully Purdue is a really big campus with 30,000 undergrad students. I looked at this as an opportunity to meet thousands of people! Although the school itself is kind of in the middle of nowhere, I wasn't alone. I learned to go out of my way to meet new people whether it was through clubs, greek life, parties, or social media. Just because you are not in a city doesn't mean you can't have a great experience. Take advantage of wherever you are, there will be few other times you're surrounded by people of similar interest and same age group in the future!



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It's been a week since I've graduated college, but somehow it doesn't feel real still. I missed Purdue before I even left and wanted to talk a little bit about the things that I learned during my time there and how transformative college was for me. If your new here, welcome! I'll give you some of the backstory. I've lived in the suburbs of Boston my entire life, when applying to college I stuck with mostly east coast schools. My mom encouraged me to apply to Purdue on a whim because my uncle went there. My plan to go to New York took a sudden turn when I got my Boilermaker acceptance letter. So here are just a few of the many things I learned while at school. 
Also if you have any questions about going to college/or if you are going to Purdue or thinking about it please don't hesitate to ask in the comments or by email!!

College is a clean slate
I was an introvert in high school. I spent a lot of time by myself and I was quiet aside from the time I was around my few close friends. I was sick of being the quiet kid in the classroom and knew that in college I was ready to start being more outgoing and outspoken. I was also worried about what people were going to think of me when the knew I had a blog. Something I am so thankful for is judgement free friends. They thought it was so cool and creative and were totally supportive! I love how college is so much less judgmental and you don't have to worry as much what people think of you.

Figure out who you are/Say yes!
Aside from having a fresh start, this is really a time to grow as a person. There's a lot of trial and error in this journey, and with that is a whole bunch of new experiences! A helpful tip for this is to keep an open mind to trying new things. Say yes as much as possible! I could never see myself in a sorority four years ago, and I was so against it my freshmen year my thoughts were clouded with the stereotypes. But I rushed my sophomore year and have made some of my closest friends through Tri Delta. Don't be afraid to go out of your comfort zone every once in a while!

Take advantage of your independence
Depending on how you grew up, college could be the first time that you really make your own decisions. This was definitely true for me. My parents always gave me directions on what to do, and college was the first time I really made my own plans and my own decisions. I absolutely loved the independence and freedom. I got to decide when I wanted to do my homework, when to wake up, what to eat, who to hang out with, what my plans were for the weekend. I am still a really indecisive person, but I've gotten a lot better since college.

It's ok to not have it figured out
I originally started as a business major and was hating every second of it. As I dove deeper into my core business classes sophomore year I knew that the next three years were going to be brutal if I didn't do something about it. But I had no idea what I wanted to do. It's kind of crazy that when you're applying to college at 17 years old you're expected to know what you want to do with your life. And it's ok to not know yet! It's not said nearly enough, but so many people change their major in college. Nearly everyone I know started as one major and is graduating with a different degree. Take the time to figure out what you're passionate about, even if it's during your sophomore or junior year. Talk to other students that are in that major as well, it can be really helpful to talk with others about what they're doing and what their classes are like!

Make the most out of where you are
The midwest was a big change for me. Thankfully Purdue is a really big campus with 30,000 undergrad students. I looked at this as an opportunity to meet thousands of people! Although the school itself is kind of in the middle of nowhere, I wasn't alone. I learned to go out of my way to meet new people whether it was through clubs, greek life, parties, or social media. Just because you are not in a city doesn't mean you can't have a great experience. Take advantage of wherever you are, there will be few other times you're surrounded by people of similar interest and same age group in the future!



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  1. Congratulations on graduating! You look absolutely stunning in those pics!

    xoxo,
    Christina

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