Nov 01st 2017
Going to college is one of the biggest changes in your life; it’s transformative, challenging, and awakening. Sound like something you’ve heard before? The general conversation on the freshman experience sounds like a big cautionary tale, but it doesn’t need to feel that way. Here are some of our best tips on how to kill it at your first year in college.
Don’t be afraid of your blank slate
Going off to college is a scary experience but it shouldn’t strike fear. We all see college as a chance to essentially recreate yourself and that’s not an easy thing. But you should embrace this blank slate. Almost every person you encounter is someone who’s never met you before – and that’s an opportunity to let go of the things you don’t like about yourself and keep the things you like. Accept the uncomfiness of making new friends and open yourself up to the opportunities this new chapter will bring.
Your professors will likely post the assignments and quizzes for the entire semester within the first week, and expect you to be prepared. Buy an organizer, use an app, or get a big wall calendar — whatever it takes for you to know when assignments are due.
Live in the student residences
This was probably one of the best decisions I made in my freshman year. You’ll feel more connected to the college experience, have more opportunities to get involved, and might even make friends that’ll last a lifetime.
Make friends with your roommates and the people in your classes
Freshman year is the easiest time to make new friends, hands down. Everyone is in the same boat as you are, so don’t be shy to introduce yourself.
Go to class.
Obvious, right? Until the temptation to sleep in during that 8am class sets in. If you can, avoid the temptation altogether. Think of going to class as a built in study session, plus you’ll also receive vital information from the professors about what to expect on tests, changes in due dates, etc.
Get involved on campus
College can sometimes feel like a combination of homesickness and of not quite belonging. Try out some groups on campus. It could be student organizations, clubs, sororities or fraternities, or sports teams. You’ll make new friends, learn new skills, and feel more connected to your school.
Don’t feel like you have to decide your major right now
Take your time and explore your options. The truth is, none of us really know where we’re going yet either. Pay attention to the classes you look forward to attending and do well it, it may lead you to what you might want to major in.
Don’t fall into the too-easy trap of the freshman 15. It’s not a myth and can lead to some more serious issues down the road that’ll keep you from class and from loving college life. Eat healthy, get enough sleep, and join a sports team or exercise class with friends to get your body moving.
Sit near the front of the class
You’ll thank me later.