9 Things High School Graduates Should Read Before Going Off To College

Congratulations, Class of 2019! 

I am so proud of all of you. Here are 9 things I think every high school graduate should know before going off to college:

1. You did it. Give yourself a pat on the back.

You graduated high school; that is a huge accomplishment! Don't underestimate how great of an achievement this is.

2. Preserve REAL friendships.

Good friends are hard to find. Believe me, I would know. If you have that friend in high school, don't lose touch-- no matter how far the distance is between the two of you. Like the tassel was worth the hassle, a good friend is also worth the hassle.

3. Don't let a relationship define you.

A friendship or a romantic relationship. Don't let a romantic relationship influence where you go to school. (No matter how serious!) My high school boyfriend and I ended up breaking up a year into our college careers. If I would have went to the same college as him, I would have major regrets. Going to my own school allowed me to grow and develop into the person I truly wanted to become.

4. Attend your college's orientation events.

No matter how corny. I ended up going to one and meeting a ton of great people. I even met one of my best friends there!

5. Use your college's resources-- no matter how smart you are.

I love going to my college's writing center. Having another set of eyes look over your 20 page English paper is truly a blessing. They'll fix that run of sentence you wrote at 1:00 A.M.

6. Show your professors you care. 

  • Arrive to class early. I like to show up about 10-15 minutes early.
  • I know it was cool to sit in the back of the room in high school, but this is college. Sit in the front.
  • Go to their office hours. Professors remember the students who show up to their office hours.

7. Living with another human being is probably a little different than you anticipate.

Many, many people think that their roommate is also going to be their best friend. (I was one of them!) I hate to be the one to break it to you, but that's not always the case. When you room with someone, you're exposed to their true colors. And, they're exposed to yours. You might realize that you two have a different set of interests or even priorities. Some people are drawn to the party scene, whereas others are drawn to making President's List. Regardless, stay focused.

8.  Don't forget to call mom and dad.

Mom and dad have been your biggest supporters since day one. Trust me! They've watched you flourish into the beautiful adult you are. Don't forget to send them a text letting them know your acing calculus. And, don't be afraid to reach out to them for help. If you and your roommate aren't seeing eye to eye, they'll be able to give you advice on how to deal with it.

9. Challenge yourself.

In the beginning of my freshman year, I was scared to try new things. I was scared to go against the norm. I decided to challenge myself and I'm graduating next semester. I completed a four year degree in two and half semesters. Not to mention, I'm graduating with two minors. Challenge yourself. Your future self will thank you for it.

Congratulations, Natalie! I am so proud of your past, present, and future achievements. You are going to do incredible things with your life.


  1. These are all great tips! Especially the one about going to orientation! I am super shy and introverted but that is also where I met my friends during University.

    1. Thank you. I was super shy too, but college definitely brings you out of that shell. Thanks for reading!!

  2. Amazing post. Reminded me of my college days. Life used to be very different. I wish I had gotten this advice back then.

    1. Thank you so much, Hina! I really appreciate that. Wishing you the best of luck with your future endeavors.

  3. I love these tips. I know a lot of people who could benefit from reading this. Challenge yourself really stood out to me...I wish someone had encouraged me to do that when I was younger!

    1. Thank you so much! I really appreciate it. Challenge yourself and get out of your comfort zone— it’s never too late!