Hey guys! Welcome back. About a year ago I did this post and I wanted to update it a little bit. I don’t remember all of my tips and I’m sure a few of them are the same, but I’m sure a few are different as well. I think this is really helpful for people just starting college because I know it is a daunting experience. There are a lot of questions and nerves, but it’s really exciting. I remember when I first started college I was feeling all kinds of different emotions. But I wanted to provide some advice for all of you that are starting this journey for the very first time.
Go to class. I can’t stress this enough. First of all, you are paying quite a bit of money for those classes, so you should definitely get your money’s worth. You are there to learn and part of that is going to class. It’s okay to skip sometimes (I do it), but for the most part you should be going to class.
Get involved. Yes, as previously stated, your college work is important. You should take it seriously and do your absolute best. But if you have to choose between a double major and getting involved, I was 100% get involved. This is where you will build relationships and gain that life experience they are looking for when they hire. Don’t take it lightly.
Don’t get addicted to caffeine. Well, I should probably say, don’t depend on it. Sleep. It’s the best energy booster. You will have late nights, but sleep as much as you can. If you don’t get an assignment done, turn in what you have. Don’t stay up every night. It won’t do you any good in the long run. Also, being dependent on caffeine will take a toll on your body and mind.
Get to know your professors. This is going to benefit you in the future. When you need letters of recommendation, when you need some help, and when you are looking for a job. These are the people that are going to be the ones to go to. It helps if they know you and they like you. Participate in class and go to office hours. Remember they are there to help you.
Don’t bring a car to campus if you don’t need one. Especially your first year. Parking is usually terrible. Most colleges have a public transit system or chances are you will make friends with at least one person who does have a car. Not bringing a car will also save you money. So keep the car at home if you can because it will save you.
Be professional. You may be in college, but you’re still considered an adult. The people you interact with at your job and in the classroom are people that you should respect and try to get along with. Be professional and courteous. Don’t be rude and dishonest. Know that people notice you no matter what you do and you need to do your best at all times or it may not look favorably upon you in the future.
You need shower shoes. If you are in a communal hall, you will need shower shoes. No exceptions. You have no idea how gross people are. Yes, even girls. It’s important to protect your feet from all the uncleanliness that is in the bathroom. Trust me, if you don’t wear the shower shoes, your feet will definitely react and it won’t be fun.
You don’t have to go to parties. Contrary to popular belief, you don’t have to go to parties or get drunk to have fun in college. Having a spa night or eating pizza and watching a movie with friends is also fun and less dangerous. You are more likely to remember what happened and you will remain safe at all times. Don’t feel pressured to go to parties. If that’s not what you want, find friends who also feel that way.
Be Confident. You are going to grow. You are going to fall apart. You are going to make mistakes. You are going to be successful. It’s all okay. You are exactly who you are meant to be. Be proud of that. Go out and write your story. It’s all a blank canvas from here. Be who you are because college is your time to shine.
Thank you so much for stopping by! I hope this is helpful. Please like it if it is. Comment below if you have any other tips I may have left out. Also comment below if you are entering college for the first time this year. I would love to know. Don’t forget to follow before you leave if you have not already and I hope to see you next time!
Comment any questions you have below. Be sure to come back next Wednesday for another college related post. Friday I will be doing a lifestyle post on my personal strengths and weaknesses so be sure to return for that!