High school success (or lack of it) doesn’t automatically apply to college. You start college with a clean academic slate, along with a lot of independence and a myriad of critical decisions as you begin the transition into adulthood. The decisions that you make and the actions you take during this first year of college will have a major impact on the rest of your college experience, your future career, even the rest of your life as well.
Whatever you do, be sure to be yourself and try to enjoy your college experience as much as possible. Here are some basic tips for your first year away from home.
- 1.Start fresh. Think of college as a brand new beginning. New school, new friends, new you. Even if you know someone going to your college, try to expand your group by meeting new people. What’s more, don’t just become familiar with your campus. Get to know the town itself, big or small.
- 2.Make your dorm room your new home. Bare-walled dorm rooms are depressing. Bring posters and pillows with bright colors to liven up the room. Discuss a color scheme with your roommate. Having a homey dorm will make it more comfortable and nice to be in.
- 3.Get involved on campus. A big problem for a lot of new students is a combination of homesickness and a feeling of not quite belonging. Consider joining a select group — and be careful not to go overboard — of student organizations, clubs, sororities or fraternities, or sports teams. You’ll make new friends, learn new skills, and feel more connected to your school.
- 4.Keep in touch with your folks. Home sickness will hit you like a ton of bricks sooner or later. No matter how busy you are with school and friends, make time to call your parents or keep in touch by email. They miss you as much as you miss them- probably more.
- 5.Seek a balance. College life is a mixture of social and academic happenings. Don’t tip the balance too far in either direction.
- 6.Get organized. Buy an organizer, a PDA, a big wall calendar — whatever it takes for you to know when assignments are due. Don’t procrastinate, but prioritize your life. Give yourself deadlines — and stick to them. Crossing tasks off when you finish is much more satisfying.
- 7.Make time for you. Be sure you set aside some time and activities that help you relax and take the stress out of your day or week. Whether it is enlisting yoga techniques, watching your favorite television shows, or writing in a journal. Be good to yourself.
- 8.Take responsibility for yourself and your actions. Don’t look to place the blame on others for your mistakes; own up to them and move on. Being an adult means taking responsibility for everything that happens to you.
- 9.Don’t feel pressured to make a hasty decision about a career or a major. It doesn’t matter if it seems as though everyone else seems to know what they’re doing with their lives — believe me, they don’t — college is the time for you to really discover who you are, what you enjoy doing, what you’re good at, and what you want to be. It’s not a race; take your time and enjoy exploring your options.
- 10.Find the Career Services Office. Regardless of whether you are entering college as undeclared or have your entire future mapped out, seek out the wonderful professionals in your college’s career services office and get started on planning, preparing, and acting on your future.
- 11.Stay healthy/Eat right. Get enough sleep, take your vitamins, and eat right. And without mom or dad there to serve you a balanced meal, you may be tempted to go for those extra fries or cookies. Stay healthy and avoid the dreaded extra “Freshman 15″ pounds by sticking to a balanced diet.
- 12.Use common sense when drinking. There’s another money-sucker: alcohol. We’ve all heard it before: don’t leave your drink unattended. Avoid drinking games, don’t drink and drive, and know your limits.
- 13.Keep track of your money. If you’ve never had to create a budget, now is the time to do so. Find ways to stretch your money – and as best you can, avoid all those credit card solicitations you’ll soon be receiving. The average credit card debt of college grads is staggering.
- 14.Don’t cut corners. College is all about learning. If you procrastinate and cram, you may still do well on tests, but you’ll learn very little. Even worse, don’t cheat on term papers or tests.
- 15.Be prepared to feel overwhelmed. There’s a lot going in your life right now. Expect to have moments where it seems a bit too much. Be prepared to feel completely unprepared. The trick is knowing that you’re not the only one feeling that way.
Final Words of Advice
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