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7 Students Share the Biggest Realizations They Made In Freshman Year

Which ones do you relate to?
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For many, college is a priceless experience in life. Every year you spend in college has something unique to offer. There's so much to learn, and we're not only talking about textbook knowledge. It won't take you until senior year to realize a few valuable things about the collegiate experience. Below, we list down a few realizations one will make during freshman year, based on #GenerationCandy's own experiences.

Friendship in college isn't about the quantity.

Entering college for the first time ever sounds exciting because you'll be meeting all sorts of people from different places and backgrounds. That said, it's okay if you don't become friends with everyone. "You do not need to have many friends to call yourself happy," shares @christinemarasigan_.

Friendship is about quality.

It's not really about how many friends you make throughout your stay in college, but more about how many have stayed by your side throughout the years. College is tough, but it's more bearable when you have someone who can relate to you and ~suffer~ with you. "Find a genuine and supportive group of friends to make life in college more bearable," @emerald.davantes advises.

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Grades aren't everything.

It sucks to fail a class, or even get grades lower than what your friends got. But at the end of the day, grades are just numbers and aren't an exact measure for how much you've learned and understood in class. "Grades don't define who you are. It's more of the process of learning and the memories made," says @sofiajahrling.

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Org life is also essential.

For some, joining organizations have helped them learn new things and broaden their understanding about life. Aside from getting to work on the advocacies you're passionate about, it's also a good way to meet new people who will help you imrpove your outlook in life. "You have to join organizations to widen your perspective!" says @mayabsantos.

There's a lot to learn outside the classroom.

Yes, it is indeed true. Not everything valuable will be taught inside the four walls of your classroom. There's also a lot to learn from people other than your professors."Hindi lang sa tinuturo ng prof. Yung iba sa classmates mo matututunan," says @rain.nnley. Even your peers can teach you life lessons that are just as valuable. 

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It takes a lot of work to get through college.

It's really true, college is no joke."You really have to put in the work and read in advance," says @pringpingg. The road to graduation is not an easy path to take, but that's what makes all your years in college worth it.

You'll have an identity crisis at some point.

Am I in the right course? Am I still passionate about what I'm studying? It's never too early or too late to doubt yourself in college. Students can definitely experience an identity crisis as early as their freshman year, but that's okay. Even though it might feel like it, you're not alone in feeling lost. You still have four or so years to figure things out and you have like-minded people who will go through all the confusion with you. "You will feel lost just like everybody else and it's okay to be unsure of the future," assures @iamjacquelineong.

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