10 Tips For College Freshmen
For incoming college freshmen, these first few weeks on campus can be intimidating. Moving to a new place and finding your way is tougher than it may seem. Luckily, we have provided ten helpful tips to aid your transition into college life.
Go To Class
This one may seem obvious, but it is easier said than done. When you head to orientation, the professor or administrator tasked with giving you a motivational speech will point out that either the person on the left of you or the person on the right of you is not going to graduate. Don't let yourself become that person. It's tempting to get swept up into the party lifestyle, after all, these are your first moments of true freedom. But, your academics have to come first.
Budget Your Money
The money you saved up over that last summer working your old high school job plus whatever your family gives you as a parting gift is not going to carry you through an entire semester. That's why it's important to budget your money in an efficient manner. College is great, because it provides young people with a place to spread their wings and figure out who they truly are. If you are not smart with your money, you will be sitting in your dorm room alone, wondering why you haven't been able to make friends.
Don't Pack Everything
Dorm rooms and even off campus apartments tend to be very cramped spaces. When you head off to school, there is no reason to bring everything you own. Leave some stuff at your parents' house or donate it to charity. Otherwise, you are going to be the one who is tasked with lugging it all back and forth year after year. Stick to the essentials.
Play Nice With Others
While movies condition us to believe that all of our roommates and floor mates are going to end up becoming our best lifelong buddies, the reality is that we do not always get along with the people we share our space with in college. Close quarters have a way of bringing out certain levels of irritation, especially when we have to share them with people who we don't always like. Learning how to play nice while in college pays major dividends once you join the corporate world.
Stay On Top Of Your Schedule
The best way to avoid the stresses of college is to make a schedule and stick to it. That means getting a solid seven hours of sleep per night, studying and completing homework in a timely fashion, and remaining physically active. Remaining well rested and not allowing yourself to fall into a sedentary lifestyle helps to keep stress at bay. If times are particularly hard, don't be afraid to speak to a counselor if need be.
Sure, that first few days of freedom may be great. You can finally eat all of the pizza and cookies that you want. However, if you want to steer clear of the dreaded "Freshman 15", it's important to eat properly and make time for exercise. Don't just head to the dining room and gorge at the buffet without taking the time to count calories. Or else you might have to endure a fair amount of ribbing when you head home for Thanksgiving.
Diversify Your Friendships
College is a great time to hang out with different people from different cultures and learn more about what makes them tick. High school tends to place us with people who think the same as we do, but college gives you the chance to expand your horizons and discover things that you did not know about. Rather than seeking out like minded souls, take the time to talk to the person who appears to be a "weirdo". They just might end up becoming one of the best friends you'll ever have.
Shop Around For Textbooks
Your college and your professors are going to steer you towards the campus bookstore, where you will pay upwards of $100 for books that you may only need to use once. You also may be able to find the same book online for half of the price. Don't let yourself get swindled, head to the Internet and shop around. Other outlets also offer students the opportunity to rent their textbooks, instead of being forced to purchase them.
Get To Know Your Professors
There is great value in taking the time to get to know your professors. Everyone learns in a different way, so spending one on one time with your professors will help them learn how to best get their points across to you. Plus, there are always unforeseen snags that happen, especially at the end of a semester. If you've already developed a solid relationship with your professor, you stand a much better chance of being able to ask them for help or an extension if you are in need of one.
Learn How To Take Responsibility
College is going to throw you a few curveballs from time to time and there will be moments where it is tempting to blame all of your problems on someone else. The one main lesson you should take from your early days in college is that you typically have no one to blame for your problems but yourself. Learning how to take responsibility for your own actions is the best favor that a person can do for themselves.