Through the eyes of a high school student the concept of college can be a handful to say the least. With so many new experiences, balance is extremely important in your freshman year. This article will provide you with plenty of tips on how to tackle your first year in college.
First thing is first, Go to all of your orientations! You will meet a lot of new people by going to your orientations. These will also help you have a greater knowledge of the campus. This way you don’t have to embarrassingly ask around campus to point you in the direction of your class. After your orientation, your next step will probably be moving into your new dorm room. Depending on if you have roommates, get to know them or other people who live in the same building.
After you’re all settled in, class will begin to start up. Go to class! Do not forget that you are paying for these classes and skipping them for no reason is basically throwing your money down the drain. I know it is hard to wake up for those 8am’s but remember why you are in college for the first place. TO LEARN! Another tip is to get to know your professors. Almost all are required to have office hours, here you can privately ask questions if you could not for some reason in class. Most classes also have a separate TA (Teaching Assistant) that hosts a study session for students who need extra help in class. These can be lifesaving!
Procrastination might be the number one cause of all decreases in college students GPA’s. It is so easy to put off that assignment, or push back the time you were going to start studying for that upcoming test. With all the distractions of Netflix, Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram, it can be very difficult to focus! To help fight procrastinating, set reminders on your phone to start studying. This way you can be consistently reminded to keep up with your school work.
Another tip is finding the right balance of schoolwork and socializing. Sometimes college students of all ages find it hard to balance the two. People get caught up in the excitement and forget why they are there in the first place. Do not get me wrong though, socializing is a very important part in college. But you must realize that when you socialize, do it in moderation. For example, a lot of students only go out to party if all of their work is completed. Doing this motivates you to get your work done so you can get to enjoy the fun side of college!
The last tip I want to share with you is how to eat right in college. It seems like there is a very large range of how healthy people eat while in college. Some manage to eat consistently healthy, while others tend to order take out and pizza every other night. The “Freshmen 15″ can be a real thing if you allow it! So be sure to watch what you eat and use the school’s fitness center to help stay in shape!