It’s about that time of year where moms and dads either lose their child to college for the first time (or maybe second, third, fourth) or they become empty nesters. I’m the third of four kids, so me leaving for college wasn’t too big of a deal for them, but it was big for me! I was doing as much research as I could to learn about being a byu student. Honestly, Brigham Young University was never my dream school, but I’m a huge fan of saving money and, of course, good education isn’t bad either. So, BYU is where I landed!
Once I got accepted to BYU, I felt super overwhelmed by all the things I had to do and decisions I had to make. There’s byu off campus housing, or byu on campus housing. BYU housing can be tough to deal with, so the dorms would probably be best, right? I was going to need a job… should I go through byu student employment or venture out and find something on my own? Or should I just focus on school for the first semester and get a job later? What classes do I take and how do I choose from the massive byu undergraduate majors list? And where the heck even are my classes?! Why is everyone using acronyms and saying, “oh, it’s just in the WILK. I’ll meet you there at orientation”. What is the WILK?! By the way, it’s the Wilkinson Center and it’s got just about everything you need there (bookstore, food court aka CougarEat, byu advisement center, bowling, print & copy center, post office, etc).
Ok, breathe. You have a lot to do and it’s a big change, but don’t let yourself get overwhelmed. You can only control so many things. Not everything will go as planned. That’s ok. You already know life is like that, try to remember it when things switch from high school to college. You’re going to do great!
Not everyone is a fan of advice, but I remember when I was an incoming freshman, I wanted all the advice I could get. So, let me give 3 general pieces of advice for you: