It is getting closer to the time where you will officially be a college student! College is the place where you will learn who you are meant to be and in some instances be left clueless, but I am here to tell you that the college experience will be based on how you make it.
There will be moments where you will be home sick, times when you feel to overworked, and times when you feel the major you selected is not meant for you. All of those times and emotions are completely normal for any college students and are shared among the majority of fellow classmates.
Coming from a recent college graduate, I had all of those moments, even during my senior year! But my college experience was the best it could have been because I made it that way. Below are some tips to help you make your college experience the best it could be. Don’t worry some of these tips aren’t for everyone, but simply pick and choose the ones that are right for you in order to start the path to a great four year! We’re all rooting for you!
- Get Involved!
- There are so many clubs and organizations at college. Find the ones that work for you and become a part of them.
- Go to Events!
- Instead of being stuck in your room every night, go out to the events the college has going on. Bring your friends and have fun!
- Use the Resources Provided to You!
- A lot of colleges have resources that can be a very helpful aide when the time comes around. Use them to help you through things.
- Learn to Manage Your Time!
- Be able to make time for your studies, but also time to have fun! Don’t procrastinate all the time either. It’s a little contradictory, but you’ll get the hang of it! 😉
- Rent Your Books!
- Books are extremely expensive. Use book rentals to help save a little money. ECampus and Chegg have decently priced textbooks and when you are done, just send them on back.
- Don’t Over-pack!
- If you are living on campus, don’t bring your whole room with you. Only bring the essentials that you need. Some dorm rooms are really small, and you will have to share a space with another person. Be mindful of your roommates.
- Don’t be Quick to Judge!
- You might not have liked certain things in high school, but you can begin to like things once college has started. If you give new opportunities, experiences, and activities a chance you might be surprised with what you enjoy!
- Work on Campus!
- If there are job openings on campus, apply for them. Working on campus will help you get to know a lot more people and it will help you to develop leadership skills.
- Stay Positive!
- College is a whole new type of world. Classes become harder as you go along. Parents might be far away. Your surroundings are new, and your friends are different. Keeping a positive mindset will help you through all the things you will face.