Find a study strategy that works for you.
In high school, it was so easy to show up to class, pretend to pay attention and ace a test, but that doesn’t fly in college. Sure, there are the “easy A” classes, but they still require some effort. Every student studies differently, and you need to figure out what works for you. You’ve probably heard that pulling all-nighters are typical for college students, but that strategy may not be the best one for you. If you’re like me, you can’t physically function without sleep. Manage your time, keep a schedule and include studying in that schedule. If you want to try the “all-nighter” method, test it out on a quiz that isn’t that important. Don’t try it on an exam that is worth a large part of your grade, because that might not end well.
Develop a budget.
Start keeping track of how much you spend. Will you need to get a job? Do you have any sort of income? There are different tools you can use to keep track of your finances. An Excel spreadsheet will suffice or you may prefer other budgeting websites such as Mint.com. This may seem like a boring chore that only old people do, but it’s important. Ramen is delicious, but you don’t want to eat it for every meal.
If you want to make new friends, you have to be open-minded and approachable. If you’re shy, force yourself to break the ice with other students and be the first person to offer a smile or a friendly “hello.” If you’re more outgoing, reach out to the students who are more timid. You’ve begun a new chapter in your life, and you’re not going to get through it without friends, so get out there and make yourself known.
Don’t be that freshman no one likes
No one likes the crazy, aggressive student who decides to get hammered the first night on campus and streaks through the residence halls. Alcohol will be readily available to you for the next four years, so you don’t need to drink it all in one night. Don’t be the party girl or guy that everyone makes fun of because you were caught riding the lion with underpants on your head. You might think people are laughing with you, but they’re probably laughing at you.
Don’t feel the need to connect with every student you meet
In the beginning of every semester, you are going to meet a lot of new students desperate for friends. There are many friendly people and you might think you’re going to have tons of friends from the get-go. But the truth is, you may have a lot of friends in college, but they’re not going to be all at once as your college career continues and you start to see other sides to the new friends you’ve made. You may not like these other sides, but don’t sweat it because you’re not going to get along with every person you meet.
By: Eryn Tolley