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What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

My college is almost exactly like my high school in many ways, but the main difference is the frequency (or lack there of) of classes in comparison to high school. The one thing I wish I had worked on before college: time management. There are so many opportunities for extra-curricular activities: clubs, jobs, volunteering, sports, support groups, tutoring, societies, and groups for every hobby imaginable. I like to be involved in everything, but I could definitely use a little practice in the time management department. My advice would be to learn to manage time wisely prior to college.

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I wish I knew that high school reputations didn't matter, that I should have definitely considered my career after college when considering which college to pick, internships are incredibly important and should start in high school, the high school prom queen and king will not be able to wear their crowns to college nor will anyone care about their status, hard work is more important than boys kissed, true worth exists in the soul and most of our life journey should be focused on that, join more community services clubs, and help more people as often as possible.

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I wish I had known that it wouldn't be nearly as scary as I thought it would be! When I was preparing to leave home and fly across the country to go to college, I was terrified, and I kept imagining all the terrible things that might happen-- I'd be homesick, I wouldn't have friends, no one to eat dinner with. But I arrived there, and I immediately felt welcome, and developed great friendships. I wish I could go back and tell myself, "It will be okay-- Wellesley's an amazing place, and you'll love it."

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That the social environment was going to be very strange and isolated. It was difficult for me to feel like I had an active enough social life, and a balanced enough social life. That is why I moved to the city of Boston for two years. Also, I wish people would have told me that everyone turns gay.

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I wish I had learned to better manage my time before coming to Wellesley. Even now, in my sophomore year, difficulty with time management has influenced my grades and academic planning.

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I wish I'd known just how strong of a stress culture there is here, how difficult the classes are and how cruel the grading system can be.

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How isolated it really is. All the publicity for it makes it seem like Boston is easily accessible, and it really wasn't.

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I wish there were more social events on campus.

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How competitive and unfriendly people can be

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