On today’s post, I’m going to be talking about college and how to have the best experience possible! In about a week, I’ll be going into my sophomore year and I can hardly wait! College can definitely be scary and it’s also a huge transition. It’s super easy to get homesick or overwhelmed off the bat, but I’m going to share a few of my tips with you today on how to maximize your opportunities and memories on campus!
As cliché as it sounds, this is honestly the #1 tip I would recommend! By joining different clubs or organizations on campus you have the opportunity to engage yourself as well as meet and network with others. If your university is anything like mine, you’ll have the opportunity to join whatever club you please, depending on your major, hobbies, and interests! My college has an annual fair where all the clubs set up booths and will be able to inform students on what their organization is, as well as when they meet etc., you can also put down your information to stay in contact with them! This is an awesome opportunity no matter what year you are, to maybe find an activity you may not have even known existed. In my freshman year, I got involved with Greek Life, as well as an organization related to my major, and a few other clubs focused on leadership and volunteering. You are definitely not tied down to any clubs you join, so if you find it’s not for you, you can always look for something else!
While college doesn’t necessarily mean starting your whole life over as some may make it seem, you are moving into a completely new place and are going to need a lot. Considering most freshman don’t have cars on campus or the best means of transportation, it’s always best to be prepared and make a list of everything you may need in advance. Sometimes it’s always the little things like a thermometer or some tape (speaking from experience here!!), that you won’t realize you’re in dire need of until it’s too late.
While it’s good to be prepared, make sure you don’t bring your entire life to your college dorm room! If you’re anything like me, I feel the need to bring EVERYTHING even if it’s just for a weekend trip. When packing for college, I’m pretty sure I ended up bringing almost every high school t-shirt I owned, which I can safely say was a huge mistake! Keep in mind that you’ll still be coming back home, and it’s perfectly okay to leave things behind for you to revisit or use during Thanksgiving and Christmas breaks. By bringing everything to college with you, it’ll only make it a huge pain when moving in and moving out of your dorm.
Set Goals for Yourself
College is a fresh start and that means it can go any way you choose. For me, I wasn’t entirely proud of my grades in high school and made it a goal of mine to have good grades this year. I can proudly say I made it on the Dean’s List this semester, but it definitely was the motivation I had that got me there. Whether you write it down, make a mental note, or tell a close friend, goals are super important and it definitely sets the tone for how you want the year to go, no matter what grade you’re in.
Familiarize Yourself with Campus
Unlike high school, your classes won’t all be in the same building. If your campus is anything like mine, you might have classes 20 minutes away from each other! After you’ve moved in, consider taking a look at your schedule and walking through where each building/room is, as well as how long it takes to get there. By planning ahead, you’ll be able to know how much time you need to a lot each morning and it will definitely take off any extra stress you may have for the very first week.
College is definitely not as scary as it seems, and just takes a little adjusting! I hope my tips help you out this year!