It’s your first day in college! In a few years, you will need this journey to land your first job (although some people still study after college to pursue a higher education like law school or med school). It’s a whole new world to you. You have new subjects, new books, and new classmates. In college, everyone starts from scratch.
You will be studying concepts that are totally different from what you’ve studied in high school. You’ll be encountering a lot of different cultures (especially big universities since there are a lot of foreign exchange students).
However, to maximize your first days in college, you may need the freshman tips listed below:
Learn to navigate your way around the campus, especially if it’s a big university. It’s highly likely that some of your subjects in your freshman year will not be on the same room. Learn to locate the libraries and the best places in the campus where you can study comfortably. Explore and find the best places where you can unwind.
If you know some of the upperclassmen, then ask them about what to expect from your professors. Ask them about how you can enroll and register for classes. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Don’t be too aggressive and don’t do things on your own way. You’ll save time and resources by simply asking for help.
Develop a new system of studying. Remember that college is harder than high school; hence, your study habits before may no longer work.
Budgeting and Saving
Know your budget. Look for places where you can find cheaper foods to eat. Ask your classmates and some upperclassmen where you can get the best bargain. In this way, you can save money and buy what you want at the end of the semester.
Be familiar with the library. There are lots of things that you can borrow in the library aside from books.
Picking Clothes to Wear
Do you have a hard time picking what to wear? Wear something that will make you look good and comfortable.
Getting a Good Sleep at Night
You may not get a good night’s sleep since it’s highly likely that your halls will be noisy. You may not get used to this at first so get earplugs or white noise machines (these devices produce sounds of nature like the sound of waterfall or wind blowing through trees) to cope with the noise.
Once in a Lifetime Experience
Overall, understand that your college experience will be unique, like you. People’s experiences are different. Maybe you will have an idea about what will be your experience in college based on the stories that you’ve heard from your parents or from articles that you’ve read in social media.
However, it’s going to be a different thing once you’re thrown out there since it is your own experience. Generally, college will only be 4 years. Don’t hurry to graduate college and land a job since you’re going to spend a big chunk of your life working.
Lastly, savor this moment of being a freshman.
You’re only going to be young once. Hence, do what you want to do and don’t think about what others think of you. Enjoy this new chapter of your life.