What I’ve Learned In My First Year

A list to learn from.

  1. You know more than you think you do.
  2. It is okay to realize you’re not in your perfect program.
  3. It’s not okay to do nothing about it.
  4. Don’t put off switching programs because it will throw your timing off. Timing doesn’t matter.
  5. Timing is everything.
  6. You don’t have to pull an all-nighter if you start earlier than midnight.
  7. It’s okay to cry.
  8. Keep your party friend group broad. Keep your confidante friend group close.
  9. Your friend group will disintegrate and reform. Let it. You’ll find out who your true friends are.
  10. Check your exam schedule, even if you think you know it.
  11. Having a car is convenient. Not having a car saves you $300 in gas.
  12. Whatever cash money you have, put it in the bank.
  13. Tim Horton’s is a nice substitute for caf food, but caf food is already paid for.
  14. Don’t do Netflix.
  15. If you have an exercise routine in place, keep it in place.
  16. Going to the bar every night of the week is overrated.
  17. If it’s worth more than 10% of your mark, start it earlier than the night before.
  18. Coming home almost every weekend is okay.
  19. Don’t let every weekend be a drink-until-the-room-spins-go-to-bed-at-four-and-wake-up-at-one-in-the-afternoon weekend.
  20. It’s okay if you’d rather stay at home than stay at school for Spring Expo.
  21. Even if you’re not from a farm, don’t alienate yourself from those who are.
  22. Do not be scared of telling your friends you’re switching into agriculture. If they make fun, they’re not your friends.
  23. Do not feel obligated to follow everyone on every social media site.
  24. If you go to the library to study, make sure you study.
  25. You don’t have as much money as you think you do.
  26. If you say you’re going to do something, do it.
  27. It’s okay to have some regrets. Don’t let these regrets stop you from doing anything.
  28. You won’t get the love you deserve if you hang out with people who don’t respect you.
  29. You should not stay friends with people who make fun of you.
  30. Make friends with people you can talk about real issues with.
  31. You will want to buy a box of Lucky Charms as a study snack. Don’t bother. Those raisins are staring you right in the face.
  32. Allow your mom to take care of you. You’re still her baby.
  33. Be able to take care of yourself. You’re a grown-up now.
  34. Do not let people make you feel bad for missing your own birthday party. They didn’t want to party for your birthday. They just wanted to party.

Keep Calm and Farm On,

Emma — The Suburban Aggie


2 thoughts on “What I’ve Learned In My First Year

  1. It seems like you regret most of the things you’ve done and people you’ve met, that doesn’t mean that these things and those people are the problem, the common denominator here is you.

    • Hi Carolina, it’s great to hear from you.
      This list is a list of things I learned in Ridgetown, and that I think I should keep in mind for my university career. I don’t regret everything that happened or all of the people that I met in Ridgetown. In fact, I have very few regrets. I loved being in Ridgetown and all of the people that I met – that means you and the BBRM crew too! BBRM was just not the program for me, so I switched.
      I hope you had a great summer and that Ridgetown treats you well this year. Hopefully I’ll see you soon!
      Much love, Emma

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