Emotional investment is dangerous, be prepared for magic and misery (that's only sometimes worth it) , but don't take this as an excuse not to get close to people and make friends because your friends are the ones who will be happy when you are and pick up the pieces when you are not, and trust me- you will meet some wonderful people.
Find a place where you can be alone and away from everything (and still be safe of course) because there are times when you are going to be stressed, frustrated, hurt, etc. and you don't want to be around others
Love thy roommate, you live with them-communicate and function like adults because you won't survive otherwise...(if you can be friends with them it's a total plus ! I'm lucky to have mine!) Also, find a friend that will let you sleep on your floor in case you ever have that time that you can't get along or they want the room to theirselves etc. roommates respect the backup plan.
Try new things but don't lose sight of who you are, college is exciting and new and there are so many things to try and experience but be smart about it. Don't try to be someone you are not for someone else, and don't make decisions that are going to put you in risky situations (though you make think it fun at the time I can tell you stories of people who will regret it for the rest of their lives)
Have fun, I know I said don't make stupid decisions above but you can still live it up in moderation, just don't be an idiot, college is amazing and you have a lot of independence-utilize it but don't abuse it
Know how to do your own laundry, if you know how to do your own laundry 1) you won't smell and 2) other people will pay you to do theirs ... Do you want to pay or be paid?
Stay in touch with family and friends back home, they love you and miss you and there comes points when you think you function completely on your own but fun fact: you can't. Everyone needs love and family always comes first-don't make the mistake of forgetting them just because you don't live with them. They'll get you through anything.
Don't forget the little things, and by that I mean do not forget dish soap, nail clippers, and your fork. Seriously. They're important.
Sharing is caring, sharing your problems with certain friends when you can't deal on your own is important because there are going to be times that you just wanna curl up and forget everyone and everything but usually that's the worst thing for you. When you isolate yourself you think too much and that's when you make yourself even more upset ( at least that's what happens to me). Sometimes time alone to sort yourself is good, but know when it's counter productive .
This post probably sounded super cheesy and cliche but it's true I promise! Especially to my people back home and anyone else reading this precollege, or even just starting out -just take it into consideration. I don't expect you to live by what I say, that would be silly, you need to experience things yourself! Just be smart about t and never ever forget that you're loved.
~A Duck Inspired