Your first year of college is definitely an enormous learning experience, I know that personally there are many things I learned in college so far. Today I would like to introduce you to Hayden Pigott, who writes over at Haute Table. Hayden just finished her first year at The University of Texas at Austin and here's the 5 most important lessons she learned in college this year!

The 5 most important things that I learned my Freshman year of college! #tips #universityThe year has wound down in Austin, and now I can reflect on my first amazing freshman year at The University of Texas at Austin. Below are my five absolutely necessary tips for all you future college freshman.

#1: Get out there.

Lesson1I have a few friends who went on a different path than I did and they ended up with two friends at the end of the spring semester. I got out there, went to tons of different club meetings, joined a freshman interest group, started my own club, and talked to people in my classes.

I have a great group of friends that I can rely on. If you don’t get out there, and I know it is super hard, you might not get everything out of your college experience that you should have. College is where you reinvent yourself and make friends with a whole different group of people than in high school, and that is okay.

You will learn so much about yourself and the world if you just get out there.

#2: Don’t sweat the small stuff.

You are not going to do well in a few classes, you will do something stupid (like crack your MacBook screen), you will stay out too late, and you will (most likely) eat too much. But guess what? That is life.

Once you fail a test you get back up and brush yourself off. It is not going to matter down the road. What matters more is enjoying you. You only have one life to live, so don’t freak out when your English teacher doesn’t like that you are a journalism major and gives you bad grades (am I getting too personal?).

You go to college not just to get a degree in whatever you think your future career will be, but to become a fully functioning adult. And you don’t do that by only staying in your room and studying. You have to make mistakes and not sweat them when you screw up. It will all work itself out.

#3: Don’t be afraid.

lesson3I am not in a sorority, however, there is a sorority that has a phrase “Go Confidently.” If you do this in your college career you will be incredibly successful and probably really happy.

Don’t be afraid to do something just because you have never tried it before. I jumped off of a two story boat with my friends because, why not? Not being afraid goes hand in hand with putting yourself out there. If you are afraid of joining a club, do it anyway.

Don’t have any regrets because you were afraid.

#4: Find your special spot.

lesson2Studying and living with a roommate can be HARD. You will struggle in both your studies and your friendship (or lack there of) with your roommate. So find somewhere you can go that makes you happy to be there and where you can focus.

I have two for studying, one is the Texas Union’s third floor and the other is our amazing Architecture Library which a gorgeous room. For getting out of my dorm room, it is The Blanton Museum of Art.

Go explore campus for the little hidden gems of your learning institution to find the perfect spot for you.

#5: Let go.

lesson4If you have not already learned this, some things are out of your hands.

I am someone who is pretty much always in control of her emotions and situations. However, when I entered the college process I soon realized that once I sent off my applications there was NOTHING I could do to convince them I should get into their university. This will also happen in college.

Some things, like your grades, the ways people perceive you, your sorority/spirit group bid, or anything else under the sun, are not in your control. So just let go and don’t worry about them.

Either it is meant to be or it isn’t (I know, I hate it when people tell me that too.) But it is true.

About the Author:

Hayden Piggot // Haute Table

I am a Florida girl living in Austin, Texas and I started Haute Table in August of 2012. I am a Freshman at the University of Texas at Austin studying journalism. I love pineapples, seersucker, red nail polish, and preppy boys.

I’m inspired by almost every quote on Pinterest, I could survive on cupcakes, and have an obsession with the 1920’s and I love to celebrate every holiday to the max!

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9 thoughts on “Top 5 Things I Learned My Freshman Year: Guest Post

  • June 17, 2015 at 9:31 am

    Hi! This is such an awesome article and just the advice I was looking for. I’m going to be an incoming freshman at UTAustin actually, and I’m simultaneously super excited and nervous.
    Thanks for the great post!

    • June 17, 2015 at 2:31 pm

      Oh my goodness thank you! Congrats on UT, it is such an amazing school! And, shameless plug, if you are looking for a group/organization to check out, try The Ladybirds!

      Hayden | Haute Table

  • June 17, 2015 at 11:07 am

    Great post! I so agree with all of these tips and would have said the EXACT same thing pretty much 🙂 I am also so jealous you live in Texas. I want to travel there SO badly one day.

  • June 17, 2015 at 6:13 pm

    Dani , I hope you and Hayden are having a blast in Austin . How do you like UT ? My oldest son is at college at Texas Tech in Lubbock …btw he’s a preppy boy. He He !! Have fun.

  • June 17, 2015 at 6:28 pm

    I can’t remember much from my first year of college…it was a while ago LOL! I do remember how important it was for me to make friends. I kept reminding myself that most people there were in the same boat as me so what did I have to lose by putting myself out there!? Congrats on finishing your first year. Good luck to you.

  • June 17, 2015 at 10:26 pm

    I remember my freshman year I was so scared to step out of my box and when I finally did I was so happy with the results! Meeting new people and experiencing new things is a HUGE part of being a newbie 🙂

  • June 18, 2015 at 7:26 am

    I just finished up my first year of college. These are things I learned I should’ve done after my first year of college. aha. So I am definitely going to use this for next year. 🙂

  • June 18, 2015 at 6:26 pm

    awe man I met some of my best friends freshman year of college! What an exciting time! Good luck!!


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