Growing up, I loved scrapbooking with my mom and sister as a way of recording memories to look back on. Being a full time student with a job and internship, I can’t exactly say I have much time for that anymore. Since college is an amazing time of growth an experience, I don’t want to forget anything. So, I’ve been working on a project to consolidate these memories, and when I told my friends about it, they started following suit!
Something I’ve learned is to take pictures wherever I go. When you’re taking pictures, just make sure you don’t forget to be in the present and enjoy the experience! I’ve started printing out all my pictures and writing memories about the experience on the back. If you’re a freshman, I highly consider starting now, and if you’re a senior, you still have time to catch up! Facebook is a great tool to find your favorite shots! This is also helpful because it can give you the dates! When you’re writing down your memories, ask the friends who were there about what they remember and include as much as you can! As you finish your photo memories, put them in a photo album that you can keep for years to come!
You obviously need memories to capture, so take advantage of all the things that UConn has to offer! You don’t have to go to everything, but saying you were able to try something once creates a memory and eliminates “I wish I did…” when you’re in your 30s and missing your college years.
Spending time with your friends and building relationships is something we all know is important, but can prove to be difficult. As sad as it is, it gets even harder once you move away from college. If you’re involved in Greek Life, reach out to a brother or sister that you’re not as close with. You already know you share the same values, so building your friendship can only help you make lasting bonds (and memories)!
As scary as it is, we do have to think about “real life”, so don’t overload your social calendar. Study; you’ll thank yourself later. When your GPA is just a little bit higher than the candidate you’re competing against at the grad school interview or your outstanding work ethic lands you the job of your dreams, you’ll be happy you spent time at UConn focusing on school. Keep your opportunities for your future open so you can continue to make lasting memories!