Hey guys! Welcome back. For some of you college has started and for others it will be soon. If it’s your first time I have a few tips for you (even if it’s not your first time) that I think will help. But I want to make a small, yet significant point. College is not just about surviving. It’s also about thriving. So here are 15 tips to help you do just that.

1. Go to all orientations. For some schools they are mandatory. But if they’re not, I recommend going anyway. It’s super fun and you learn a lot. There is usually a club fair, some information seminars, and things like that. It’s a good way to meet people around campus as well.

2. Get to know people in your residence hall. This is a great way to make friends. Even if it’s just one person.

3. Get organized. I absolutely cannot stress this enough. If you haven’t already go out right now and by a planner. It will save your life. I swear. This is one thing that will save you from stressing out way more than you need to.

4. Find the ideal place to study. This is also essential to your success. If you find that you can’t study in your dorm without getting distracted, go somewhere else. But don’t force yourself to sit in the library either. Try outside or in your residence hall’s lobby.

5. Go to class. This shouldn’t have to be here, but some people think they can not go to class and still make it. And in some instances this may be true. You may pass the class. But college is all about learning and growing. And if you’re not going to class are you learning?

6. Meet with your professors. Your professors will help you if you allow them to. It’s part of their job.

7. Get to know your academic advisor. Ask questions. Get to know them. Let them know if you are struggling. They are there to help you succeed.

8. Seek a balance. College is a lot. There’s a lot of work, a lot of papers, a lot of tests and projects, presentations. There are campus events, club meetings, residence life things. You have to eat, sleep shower, partake in social events, get your work done, and still keep your sanity. It’s a lot. Make a routine. Trust me. It helps.

9. Get involved on campus. There are plenty of clubs and other things that you can do. And regardless of all you have to do, getting involved is super important. It’s where friendships are made, you have fun, and you more than likely do some good.

10. Strive for good grades. If you strive for them, they will come. It won’t always be easy. But the end result will make it all worth it. Work hard and good things are destined to happen. Don’t sell yourself short just because you son’t want to try.

11. Make time for you. Find a hobby. Read a book. Watch TV. Find something that makes you happy and takes your mind off of things for a while. Let yourself relax.

12. Don’t make any hasty decisions about your career or major. You have plenty of time to figure it out. You don’t want to end up doing the wrong thing. Don’t be afraid to change your mind several times. You will end up happy. Don’t think you have to stick to one thing. Let yourself explore your options. You may be surprised.

13. Don’t procrastinate; prioritize your life. I procrastinate way more than I should. But I’m working to get better at prioritizing. My biggest piece of advice is to have a routine. Make it your own. But make sure you are prioritizing.

14. Don’t cut corners. This goes back to working hard. Don’t cheat. Don’t push everything off and cram. Do your best. Give it all you have. Your efforts will be rewarded.

15. Be prepared to feel overwhelmed. You will feel this. There will be stress and pressure. You will get bombarded with reading and tests. Papers, projects, presentations. It’s all coming and it’s all coming at once. So be prepared.

That’s it for this one! I hope you enjoyed it. Please like it if you did. Don’t forget to follow before you leave and I will see you next time!