College can be one of the best times of your life, but starting college can be one of the most stressful for many people. You are starting a new school, that will most likely be much harder than high school; you are living in a new place with new people; and there is an entirely different set of rules. If you missed part one of these 20 tips then check out that post here before you continue reading the next 10 in the series. I hope you find these tips and tricks helpful, and that they keep you excited and less stressed about starting college.
- Try different things
You will be spending some of the best and most influential years of your life in college so it is the perfect time to take chances and try new things. Audition for a musical, take a class you never would have considered before, go out for Student Council, etc. it really doesn’t matter what it is just try and experience new and different things.
- Look into joining clubs and organizations
Not unlike trying new things, look into joining clubs and organizations on campus. One of the benefits of things like activities fairs are they give new students an opportunity to be exposed to campus wide organizations and see what they are really about. I can tell you there is always an organization for you out there, and if there isn’t make on. College campuses include everything from Greek Life and intramural sports to Harry Potter Clubs and French Clubs, meaning you will always find like minded people if you are willing to look and try new experiences.
- Try and become friendly with at least one person from each of your classes
This is something that you may not consciously think about, but I really recommend trying to become friendly with at least one person in each of your classes. Aside from the obvious fact that it helps you make friends, having a friend in class can be a lifesaver. Imagine you oversleep one day and miss class and need to get a copy of the notes, insert your new friend in that class, and problem solved. It also gives you someone to study with, bounce ideas off of, and to help you when you may not understand something.
- Get to know upperclassmen
Getting to know upperclassmen can often help you more than anything else. These are the people who have been where you are, and survived it, and as a result can probably give you advice and tips on the how tos of everything. It also doesn’t hurt to have friends who are older than you because that opens up your social circles and opportunities.
- Don’t forget to call people back home
A natural part of starting college means being overwhelmed by everything around you, but one thing I can absolutely say you shouldn’t forget to do is call home. Whether that means your parents, your little sister, or your best friend it really doesn’t matter the main point is remembering to stay connected to those who aren’t seeing everyday because it is easy to neglect those relationships. Remembering to call home can help especially if you are feeling homesick.
- Get a good routine established
Establishing a good routine can be so important when you are starting college and essentially on your own for the first time. You are responsible for yourself, from getting yourself to class on time or remembering to eat dinner. By establishing a simple daily routine you can keep yourself accountable, without feeling too overwhelmed, and ensure that you are doing everything you need to be doing.
- Clean your room
You may not want to do it, but in the end you will be thankful you can actually find your shoes when you need them. And if you keep it clean you won’t have to deal with your parents visiting, and tell you that it is a mess.
- Do your laundry
Yes do your laundry! Don’t let that pile up because it will start to smell, and you don’t want to have to do 15 loads of laundry in one day.
- Remember to eat well
Being away from home you may be tempted to just go crazy on all the food campus has to offer or eat out often, but remembering to eat well will keep you healthier in the long run, and keep the evil freshman 15 at bay. Most colleges have a variety of options when it comes to what is available to eat so try new things and see what is there.
10. Learn about what opportunities and resources are offered
In your first semester you may feel overwhelmed by all of the information and resources being thrown at you, but try and pay attention to them because many of the services your college may offer could be extremely beneficial as you go through your first year. Some schools offer things like free tutoring, time management skills tips, or tech literacy classes; all of which could help you out as you navigate this new academic environment.
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