Going to college is definitely a huge step after graduating high school. The most important thing to do is stay calm and relax, eventually you will get used to everything and it will all feel like routine. Here are a few tips to prepare you:
|1.) SELECT GOOD COURSES
Choose courses that you think you might be interested in and won’t fall asleep in during class. Also when selecting your courses, be cautious of the times they are scheduled for. Try not to select an 8 AM class if you know it is going to be hard for you to wake up in the morning.
2.) SAVE YOUR MONEY
It is a known fact that most college students are broke. Make a budget for yourself and know what and what not to spend your money on. Don’t waste money by going out and buying food every day if you know you can save money by going to the dining hall. Also if you have the time, maybe get a part time job!
3.) EXPAND YOUR SOCIAL CONNECTIONS
You might have had a friend group that was extremely close in high school and you’re going to miss them a lot in college. However, you will make new friends at school. With the technology we have today, you will always be able to get in touch with your old friends so don’t stress over being in constant contact with them. Focus on making new connections around you. Chances are you will become closer with your college friends than your friends from home.
4.) GO TO CLASS & WORK HARD
This may seem like common sense but don’t skip class all the time. Remember that you’re paying for an education, not to sit around in your dorm all day playing video games or watching Netflix. If you fail a course you will have to take it again and trust me, its worth the time and energy; just to get it over with the first time – no matter how much coffee and energy drinks are needed.
5.) COMPROMISE WITH YOUR ROOMMATES
You’re going to be stuck with your roommate for two semesters, try not to get into arguments with them. When you and your roommate disagree on something, try to talk through it and find a solution. Unless you’re looking to have an awkward silence in your room every time you’re both in there, you are going to have to learn to be honest and work out your disagreements like adults.
6.) TRY NEW THINGS
Get out there and step out of your comfort zone a little bit! Join a club, a sport, get a new job, or participate in some events on campus! Keeping busy is a great way to meet new people, get involved on campus, and make you feel like you have a place in what can be a scary, lonely new environment. You only go to college once in your life; you might as well take advantage of it.
College can be scary, but it honestly will be the best four years of your life. Make sure you choose the right college for you, get involved when you’re there, and be nice to everyone and you will do just fine. If you ever feel lonely or nervous, just remember that the entire freshman class is in the exact same situation as you!