It’s officially back to school and I’ll be a junior in college! I cannot believe how time has flown by. As I’m gearing up for school, I thought I would put together a list of tips for your first week (or month) at College.
When I was getting ready to go off to college, I was terrified! Even though I wasn’t going far from home, I was anxious about meeting new people, being independent, and moving away. I totally overthought how it would be to the point that I was dreading having to leave.
But the first night in my dorm room, I was shocked that those fears that I had for months were just gone.
So for the first tip…
- It’s okay to be scared! Going off and doing your own thing can be scary. But if you find yourself scared to the point that it’s consuming you, you may want to consider talking to someone. There’s no shame in being scared. I can guarantee you so many other kids are – but no one likes to say it.
- Don’t skip out on washing your face (or your hands) and keep a consistent bedtime. It’s so easy to fall into a bad routine. I never had bad skin in high school, but when I got to college I broke out so much. I went to see a dermatologist who helped me – and we attributed it to all of the change of my routine. It helped me feel so much better to stick to a routine, and your body will thank you.
- Go and meet everyone on your dorm floor. You already have something in common with them! It makes your dorm room feel a bit more ‘homey’ when you have friends you can come back to.
- It’s okay if your friends change. So many people think that you have to stick to those first couple friends you have when you move to college. If you love them, that’s great! But as the semester goes on you will meet more people and make new friends. It’s okay to keep your old friends, but it’s okay too if you find a new group that’s more ‘you’. You’re in a growth period – and so is everyone else – so your friends might grow and change too.
- Get involved. I’m sure you probably hear this from everyone – but that’s because it’s important! During my freshman year I joined Club Ice Hockey and Best Buddies. Between my coursework, my friends, and my clubs, that was more than enough for me. You’ll find your balance of how involved you want to be – but just join some thing (even if it’s just one club).
- Finish all of your Gen-eds First. I changed my major around 4 times, and I started to become really behind because I was taking major classes, instead of Gen-eds. This set me back, since every time I changed my major, my old major classes wouldn’t transfer. By completing your general education requirements first, you are guaranteeing that you can still graduate on time if you do end up changing your major. And be creative with what gen-ed classes you take! It is the best time to take cool, interesting classes before you’re tied down to your major classes. Some of my favorite Gen-eds were geology, art history, and criminal justice.
- Eat healthy-ish and work out when you can. You’ve heard this before so I’m not even going to elaborate.I really regret not doing a better job at this my freshman year. If you’re busy, consider trying Bikini Body Guide since each workout is around 30 minutes every day.
- Call your Parents. They will thank you for this one. I tried to call my parents at least once every other day, just to say hi. It’s easy to get caught up in college life and busy, but it will really mean the world to your parents (and you owe it to them since they raised you and most likely got you where you are today). My mom’s friend said that her son never called her – which made me so sad to hear!
- Ask for help. This one’s important. When you get to college, everything will be new to you. If you can’t find a building, ask another student. If you need help adjusting your schedule, ask an advisor. If you don’t know how to work the laundry machines, ask someone on your hall.
I hope these tips help you during your school year! Just remember that everything is new and everything that you’re feeling is okay! You will be excited, nervous, sad, happy, and all of the feelings in between. Hopefully these tips make your transition into college life a bit more smooth. Let me know what other college posts you would like to see on the blog!