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After writing the blog What I wish someone had told me before going to college, I wanted to see what others wish they would have been told. As promised, the top responses are below. Leave a comment with your thoughts.  We would love to hear them!

  1. Save, save, save.
  2. Going to a community college at first can save you a lot of money and give you more time to discern
  3. Well, I personally didn’t go to college until my mid-30’s, but from watching my kids grow up, I would tell them to trust their instincts, meet as many new people as they can, try as many new things as they can, and experience all the diversity. Always keep your personal goals in mind, and work hard towards them. Learn why elders tell you nothing worthwhile is easy. Enjoy it all and make some great memories, and maybe even make a few wonderful lifelong friends. It seems to be the coming of age time in your life, and when you can truly find your passion and who you are. Most of all, enjoy all of it!
  4. Don’t be afraid to switch majors, but be fully versed on what credits will count and what won’t…you’d be surprised!
  5. To be honest, to see if your calling in life needs college. With how much debt people consume in college sometimes for jobs that will never need a degree. Is it worth it?
  6. College is an opportunity to get rid of high school baggage and express yourself and your identity in ways that you never felt you could before.
  7. Give yourself an ice cream break after every hour as you study for an exam, and ALWAYS, ALWAYS take advantage of free coffee. Oh, and don’t be afraid to reward yourself with naps. Sometimes it’s the only way to get from Wednesday to Friday.
  8. Make sure your professors know you. You may need them as references in the future!
  9. Your identity has nothing to do with your accomplishments.
  10. Stay away from student loans!
  11. That college is actually the easiest part of your adult life…
  12. Success isn’t measured with a grade. True success is measured by trying your hardest…pass or fail.
  13. That I will miss my mom and can’t forget to call her.
  14. You don’t HAVE to go (especially if you’re not sure what you want to do).
  15. Art school is plausible and does, in fact, lead to some great careers.
  16. Get as many scholarships as possible so you don’t owe the rest of your life to repaying student loans.