Before I came to college I wish I had known…

Before I came to college I wish I had known…

That it didn’t matter how late I scheduled my first class, I’d sleep right through it.

That I could change so much and barely realize itgreek volunteer day 3

That you can love a lot of people in a lot of different ways.

That college kids throw airplanes too.

That if you don’t wear pajamas to class everyone will ask why you’re so dressed up.

That every clock on campus shows a different time.

That if you were smart in high school – so what?

That I would go to a party the night before a final.

That Chem labs require more time than all my classes put together.

That you can know everything and still fail a test.

That you can know nothing and ace a test.

That I could get used to almost anything I found out about my roommate.

That home is a great place to visit.

erickson loungeThat most of my education would be obtained outside of my classes.

That friendship is more than just getting drunk together.

That I would be one of those people my parents warned me about.

That free food served until 10:00 is gone by 9:30.

That Psychology is really Biology,

That Biology is really Chemistry,

That Chemistry is really Physics, and Physics is really Math.

That my parents would become so much smarter in the last few years.

That it is possible to be alone even when you are surrounded by friends.

That you are almost always surrounded by friends.

That friends are what make this place worthwhile.

That it is really not as hard to make friends as I thought.

That even at a “nice” college, there would be kids who drink and use drugs.

That I would stay up all night studying, even if I never did in high school.


That some nights I would have to sleep with the lights on while my roommate studied.

That no one is around to tell you to study, eat right or clean your room.

That I should have learned how to balance a checkbook.

That people would borrow my clothes without asking.

That tests and papers always seem to come in threes.

franceThat time flies.

That people are as friendly to you as you are to them.

That what I’ve done in the past doesn’t matter–everyone has a chance to “make it” in college.

That I should not judge people on first impressions.

That my parents would be really sad when I left.

That I would miss my mom’s cooking, and still gain 10 pounds.

About meghancooley

Meghan Cooley has worked in admissions for over 15 years. She's served in a variety of roles, ranging from tour guide to admissions counselor to her most recent position as Director of Admissions and Recruitment. Through many admissions cycles - she's experienced the ebb and flow of the higher education landscape in the Midwest, become an expert on family dynamics within the college search, guided many through the details of the college search and witnessed the joy and disappointment of student college decisions.

Now, as the Director of Recruitment Communication and Manager of social media at Augustana College, Meghan and her team of talented students focus on marketing Augustana to prospective families, educating families about the college search process, and enhancing professional development opportunities in the profession. She is passionate about increasing diversity (socio-economic and ethnic) in private higher education, alleviating the fears and frustrations that often come with a college search (especially in first generation families), and above all, helping students find the best fit for them as they explore all the educational opportunities available.

Meghan often invites guest bloggers mostly including Augustana admissions staff and current students to contribute. The talented students and staff offer a perspective in the trenches of the college search and college experience.

A 1999 graduate of Augustana College, Meghan holds Bachelor's Degrees in English and Spanish. An avid international traveler, she recommends hiking the Inca Trail to Manchu Picchu in Peru, eating Gelato in Rome, Italy, and seeing an opera at the Volksoper in Vienna, Austria. She is married to Augustana graduate and Modern Woodmen project manager, Luke Cooley. They have three sons, Charles, Oliver and Bennett.

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