College Culture: An Introduction

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Hi there! My name is Julia and I’m an eighteen-year-old, recent high school graduate living in the bay area. During my free time, I love to drink Iced Vanilla Lattes, play video games, and take photos. Whenever I get the chance, I have a lot of other hobbies, but school is a priority for me so that definitely comes first.

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My hope is to represent an upcoming college student on Where She Wandered, for everyone embarking on the same path as I am! I’m still learning as I go, and I’d love to take you guys along with me so we can figure things out together. I can’t wait to talk about how I survived high school, and what I’m learning about college as I go through it first hand.


With my first quarter of college coming to a close, I thought this would be the perfect time to wrap up the top three things I’ve learned over the last few months!

Self Management
Now more then ever, I’ve had to learn how to manage my time and practice self discipline. Unlike high school, there isn’t someone reminding you about deadlines and exams, you’re on your own here! I have to space out my assignments on my own, and remind myself that it’s my own responsibility to get to school everyday. At first this was a bit of an adjustment, no one looming over you to make sure you made it to class everyday, or that you were prepared for upcoming tests. But with a little bit of time, I was able to adapt and find a schedule that works for me!

Making Friends
Gone are the days of ice breakers and forced group activities. It’s a solo ride through college, and you could technically get away with not talking to anyone in your classes for an entire quarter. It’s not like high school, where everyone grew up in the same area, and is the same age with shared interests. . A classroom can be filled with students of all different ages, and all walks of life. It’s up to you to put yourself out there and find people that you can connect with.

Follow Your Interests
One of my favorite things about college has been the wide range of courses that you can sign up for. If there’s something you’ve always wanted to learn, now is the time to do it! Between all your core classes, throw in some pottery, creative writing, or a foreign language! It will help keep your mind fresh and motivated, while balancing all the mundane classes that you have to take to advance in college.

Do you have any tips for me? I’d love to hear them!