Tips for Incoming College Freshmen
Being nervous about starting college is probably the most normal thing you can do. Your apprehension is a sign that you are already interested in doing well. Additionally, rest assured that most of your fears will probably go away after your first week and that even if they don’t, there’s always something you can do to change things.
Don’t Expect to Sleep: Don’t fear 4 a.m. nights because the greater academic challenges faced in college can require sleep deprivation to achieve success. College classes involve more effort than their high school counterparts, so students must make sacrifices accordingly.
Use Your Time Wisely: College schedules don’t make sense. Students might have short breaks dispersed throughout the day that can either be squandered or be used effectively. By spreading out your homework among these short intervals, students can avoid too many of those 4 a.m. nights.
Get Involved: Students should take advantage of on campus opportunities. Not only are they a great way to make friends you would not have otherwise met, they can be enriching as well. Don’t be afraid to put yourself out there and try something new.
Don’t Spread Yourself Too Thin: Although enjoyable extracurricular activities abound, academics still come first. It may be difficult to prioritize at the beginning, but academics must always be most important.
Don’t Be Concerned with College Stereotypes: Just because the media portrays college students as slackers and partiers doesn’t mean that is what you have to become. Only do what you feel comfortable doing. You might find the stereotype to be off-base.
Your Roommate Might Not Be Your Best Friend: You’ll always hear roommate horror stories. Some students are simply cordial to their roommates but don’t hang out with them. Although it is rare to find your best friend in your roommate, it can still happen, but don’t be disappointed if it doesn’t work out.
It’s Ok to Transfer: If you feel you are not in the right place, act on that feeling. These four years should be the best of your life. Don’t waste them somewhere you aren’t comfortable.