Have you ever found yourself going into a new experience worrying that you’ll totally mess it up?
For better or worse, fear of failure is one of the most common human anxieties. So, it’s no surprise that recent high school grads might worry that they’ll make stupid mistakes in college.
I’ve recently spent hours on the phone with a young woman who’s off to a liberal arts college in the midwest. Her frantic questions to me included:
What courses should I take first semester?
Do I want an advisor in my major, or outside of it?
Do I want to live in the same dorm with kids in my freshman seminar, or not?
Will I screw it all up if I make bad choices early on?
The common theme of all her questions was, “Will I screw it all up if I make bad choices early on?” And my answer to her is: no, you’ll be fine. As long as you pay attention to these 3 tips to protect yourself from some typical freshmen woes.
Check out this video, and I’ll explain more about what I mean.
P.S. Now that you’ve watched the video, I need to add one thing: it’s actually quite healthy to make a certain amount of mistakes in college…and in life! Some of the most wonderful experiences in my life (and my best ideas for my business) resulted from making a mistake first. But more about that later…
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