Hey guys! Welcome back. This is another “Intro to College” post if you will. Here are ten frequently asked questions from people entering college for the first time. I hope you enjoy this and find it helpful!
1. What is the best way to put myself out there and meet new people?
There are quite a few ways actually. If you are living in a dorm/residence hall the first great way is to try to bond with your roommate. Also, get to know the other people on your floor or in your hall. Another way is to find at least one person in each of your classes to become friends with. Even if you are only friends in that class, it’s much better than having no one at all. You can sit with people in the dining hall. It’s not that weird to go up and ask if you can sit next to someone. And of course simply just hanging out outside or in the Student Union Building (or the equivalent at your school). And finally join clubs.
2. What’s the best way to pick my classes?
As a freshman, you don’t always get to choose what classes you take because you have to get the gen ed courses out of the way. But if you do get to choose when you take those classes or which kind of class you take go based on interest. Try and spread you classes out with some space in between if you can. College is not like high school. Having too many classes in a row can burn you out really quickly.
3. What are the best clubs to join?
This really depends on what interests you. There are plenty of great clubs and organizations to be a part of. Go to the first couple of meetings of any that interest you and choose the one(s) you like the most and fit in with. Join a club where you think you could make friends and where people are nice. Also, if you don’t find one that fits what you want or need, you can always start your own. The process is different at every school, but it can be done.
4. Will I be able to balance a job with my class load?
It really depends on your classes, the amount of homework and studying you have, and the kind of person you are in terms of work. Some people can do it, but others really struggle. It’s worth trying, but just bear in mind it may not work out.
5. Am I at a disadvantage if I’m undecided?
Absolutely not. Plenty of people don’t know their major and plenty more change their mind. Don’t be afraid of testing the waters a bit before diving in. Take your time because this decision affects the rest of your life.
6. How much time do you actually spend studying?
Again, this depends on your classes. It’s all about what kind of student you are. You get out what you put in. Everyone studies different ways and at different paces for various amounts of time.
7. Is the “Freshman 15” real?
Yes. But it only effects you if you let it. In most cases, for most people, it is inevitable.
8. What do I do if I don’t like my roommate?
Talk to your RA. They will be able to help. It’s strange getting used to living with a new person, so give it as much time as you can. But if you just can’t get along with your roommate get your RA involved.
9. What do I do if I’m failing my class?
If you are actually failing, talk to your professor first. Find out if there is something that can be done. Some professors will help you out if you go to them and tell them that you are struggling and what is going on. Especially as a Freshman. They will be impressed that you cared enough about your grade to discuss it with them and they will be much more willing to help you out. But you have to go to them. They won’t go to you. If it’s just a B you aren’t used to getting, I say just move on.
10. What is the best way to get around campus?
Walking. It’s not always practical to have a car on campus, especially as a Freshman because there is limited parking. Particularly if you are going to a small college, I would say just walk. It’s not as bad as you think.
Thank you so much for reading! I hope you enjoyed this and found it helpful. Please like it if you did. If you have any other questions comment them down below and I will answer them for you the best I can. Don’t forget to follow before you leave if you have not already and I hope to see you next time!