Becoming Sabra Gilbert

Things I Learned In College: The Sticky Note Edition

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Hey y’all, I’m Paige from The Sticky Note Addict! I’m an organization-obsessed college student at UNC Chapel Hill, and you’ll find me blogging organization and cleaning tips, fashion favorites, gadgets/purses/shoes/anything I’m lusting for, and inspiration and advice. You’ll also wander across a few posts about my my hee-larious companion Bradley and absolutely adorable corg-sicle Gatsby.

Sabra was sweet enough to ask me if I would participate in her series, What I’ve Learned in College, and of course I responded with a big big big YESSSSS. I’m a sophomore now at UNC, and my first year of college was one full of successes, failures, and serious changes. I’ve learned a lot, and I’m really looking forward to the next three years.


So here it is — what I, the Sticky Note Addict, learned in college.


1. Sometimes, you belong exactly where you thought you did.


I knew, when I started college, that I was going to apply to write for The Daily Tar Heel and see how I liked working for a newspaper. But I had no idea that I was going to feel so at home with these incredibly unique and intelligent people. I knew I wanted to be part of the DTH, but I didn’t know how quickly it would become my thing. I’m joining the staff this year as an assistant editor, and I’ve found the place that I belong.



So, sometimes it works out like that. Sometimes you belong exactly where you want to be.


2. And sometimes you don’t actually enjoy something you thought you would.


I went into school as a history major, thinking I would love history as much as I did in high school. Nope. Hated it. Haaaated it. Also, I thought I would LOVE being away from home, and I was more homesick than anyone else I knew at school.


And that’s okay too. Things are different.


3. It’s okay to hate everything sometimes.


Some days while you’re at college, you will feel like the world is against you. You will hate your roommate, your dorm, your professors, your classes, your walk to campus every day, your bus route, your dining hall, anything and everything. Some days, you will get home from a really rough, awful day and just climb in bed. Some days, you will call your best friend from home or your mommy and just complain and complain. But you can do that, because some days will be awful. No matter what you do to prevent it.


Normal life is hard, but being in college, especially if you’re away from home, is even harder.


4. You cannot prevent overpacking.


You will pack too much when you go to school on the first day. You will bring too much home with you every time you go home. You will bring even more back with you every time you head back to school. And you will have more crap to move home than you’ve ever had in your life.


5. College girls generally dress the same.


And that’s fine too.


We all have our unique traits about us, but there is something so simple about a big school sweatshirt, leggings, and Uggs when it’s cold, or a frocket t-shirt, running shorts, and comfy shoes or sneakers when it’s hot out. I don’t care that every other girl dresses like me. If I want to be comfy, that’s what I have in my closet.


When we dress up, we all look different, but on a normal day in a big lecture hall, it’s like you’re seeing 1000 copies of the same girl.


And that’s my short and sweet list! Of course we’ve all learned so much, but that’s all I’m going to share with y’all! Thank you so much to Sabra for letting me participate in the fun!



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Thank you Paige for guest posting!
Make sure to check out her blog and meet cute little Gatsby!
I might steal him :)