Dessa Rhodes in the upcoming novel, Your Destination Is On the Left, has to decide between college and the nomadic life she currently lives with her family and a small communal caravan (and where her longtime crush is). Lauren Spieller, the author of this emotional and romantic story, stopped by to give us her 10 tips for teens who are going away to college next fall. Read her tips below and check out Your Destination Is On the Left when it hits shelves June 26th!
10 Things You Need to Know Before Going Away to College
1. It’s okay to grow apart from your high school friends.
It’s also okay to stay close to them and to miss home. In fact, you’ll probably do a little bit of both.
2. Change your sheets once a week.
3. Develop a schedule and stick to it.
Try to find time to exercise, but also make time for fun. Good habits will get you through tough times.
4. Vegetables. Eat them.
5. Choose your major carefully, but don’t be afraid to switch.
College is about finding out who you are and what you want to do. It’s natural for the answers to those questions to change.
6. Try something new as often as possible, and push yourself to meet people who look/think/act differently than you do.
That’s the joy of college—meeting new people and trying new things.
7. Put yourself in positions to learn and grow.
That means challenging yourself, but it also means recognizing that you’re not quite ready for the challenge presented by a class or experience. There’s no shame in dropping a class or leaving a group if you aren’t ready for it.
8. Don’t compare your body to anyone else’s.
You are you, and you are wonderful.
9. Don’t be afraid to ask for help.
Professors, graduate assistants, counselors, Resident Advisors, friends—they’re all there to help you. Let them.
10. Have fun, and don’t be afraid to make mistakes!
College is a time like no other, so take advantage of it! And no matter what happens, remember: you have your entire life ahead of you. This is just the beginning.