3 Tips for Getting the Most Out of College

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It’s already hard to believe that I’m two years post grad! The outfit plus the scenery totally gave me back to school vibes when shooting this outfit. This is definitely a look I would’ve worn during those first few weeks of college. In post grad life, it’s one I reach for a lot on the weekends or for travel.

Because of the collegiate feel of this outfit, I wanted to share some advice for those who are heading off to college this fall. Read on for my three tips!

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Wearing: J.Crew boatneck tee (I own this in three colors!) | Rag & Bone boyfriend shorts (this year’s style) | Converse sneakers | GiGi New York handbag | Ray-Ban aviators | BaubleBar monogrammed necklace

While it’s been a couple of years, I’d like to think I still have some valuable advice for those heading off to college. Here are my three tips–and a small dose of honesty–for making college everything you want it to be and more.

How to Make the Most of College

1. Branch out and try new things.

Whether it’s your freshmen year or you’re heading back, take advantage of this time to try new things. College is a great opportunity to discover what you like and don’t like, whether that’s through classes, internships, clubs, activities, etc. Sign up for those informational club meetings! Say yes when a classmate asks you to get lunch. You never know what will happen unless you try.

2. Know that things get better.

While these four years are some of the most fun, they will also be some of the hardest. You may make friends and then realize that maybe they aren’t the right friends for you. You’ll find the friends who can bring out the best version of you.

Studying, exams, papers, group projects, they all suck. But you’ll get through them. I still remember dreading that required public speaking class. (Yes, I was a communications major with a huge fear of public speaking.) I was so afraid I wouldn’t be able to complete a speech. And guess what? I got through it.

And don’t forget, coffee is always there for those exam-filled weeks and late nights. 😉

3. Savor the moment.

College goes by in the blink of an eye. Seriously, it doesn’t seem that long ago that I was off crying saying goodbye to my parents. I still look to the student section when I go back for football games and think to myself, “Shouldn’t I be sitting over there?” I truly believe that college is and always will be some of the best years of my life. I hope that this experience is one that you love just as much as I did! Enjoy every moment!

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Photos by Yenma K. Photography