So you’ve finally done it. You’ve survived the horror of high school, applied to the college that you love, and result: they invited you to study there! There is now only one more hurdle to jump before you can leave academia behind and enter in to the holy land that is adulthood, and that is survive the infamous freshman year of college! The idea and legend of freshman year is something that has been portrayed in endless TV shows and movies over the years. It’s a combination of getting to grips with new ways of studying and coming to terms with all of the new mature freedoms that you have with regards to your social life.
Mastering freshman year is all to do with finding that fine balance between work and play and making sure that you don’t let one outnumber and take over the other. If you are soon to be beginning your freshman year of college or have already arrived on campus, then have a read through our essential lists of hints and tips that will be sure to make your first few semesters much, much easier!
1. Go to All Orientations
The more orientation sessions you attend in your first few weeks on campus, the less apprehensive and nervous you will be while navigating yourself in the early days of freshman year. The more familiar you are with different buildings, departments and people, the easier it is going to feel to fit it when the confusion of moving in subsides and you are just left with the rest of the semester to settle in.
2. Be Sociable with Dorm Mates
Do you best to become friendly with your roommate and those living close by in your dorm. It may turn out that these people are not the people who become your best friends, but it is important to be on good terms with everyone that you will be living in close vicinity to. Don’t shut yourself away. Be on hand for socializing whenever it seems like a big group event is taking place.
3. Get asOrganizedas Possible
When it comes to getting organized at the start of your freshman year, there is absolutely no such thing as too many binders, notebooks, flash cards, sticky note pads … all of the great stationery that will make your life easier when it comes to separating study material for classes. If you can keep your head on top of all of this, it will be huge weight off of your mind.
4. Find Your Favorite Study Spots
Sometimes your very own room just isn’t the right kind of environment to do your best work, so take a trip around campus and try to discover spots that you can really concentrate in and get some serious studying done. This could be library, the common room, even the cafeteria. Different locations work for different people but it’s important you find somewhere that you feel comfortable.
5. Attend All of Your Classes!
Seems like obvious advice, right? It can be easy to fall in to the college culture of staying up late and sleeping in late, but if you want to be familiar face to your professors and peers and also obtain the correct amounts of knowledge to make your freshman year an easy experience, then you have to attend as many of your classes as is physically possible!
6. Know All of Your Deadlines
It can be common for a semester-long class to have its essay deadlines set in place before the course has even started, so in order to plan out your semester as best you can, make sure that you search out the due dates and exam dates for all of your important assignments. If you are feeling particularly productive you will be able to get started on them way before the rest of your classmates have even made their minds up on what to write about!
7. Meet with Your Professors
College is a much more mature environment that high school. It pays off to arrange meetings with your professors so they know all about you and you can go to them for advice during the year of you start to struggle with course content or heavy workload.
8. Get Involved On Campus
Don’t be a hermit; get involved with as many campus clubs and activities as you can. Doing this is the absolute best way to make new friends and connections during the year, connections that will potentially last you all the way through college. Sometimes a student’s best friends are found through doing activities that they wouldn’t have necessarily considered doing before.