My advice to students heading to college
It seems like you just graduated high school, but in a week or two you're going to start college. Even if you aren’t a freshman, it’s never too late to start new habits, meet new people, or start new extracurricular activities.
As someone who has attended both public and private universities, here are some things that I’ve learned the past few years that I wish I had known earlier.
1) Get to know your roommate.
You’re going to be living with your roommate for the whole year, so you may as well get to know him/her well. If you respect each other and each other’s belongings, then you two should get along well.
However, if you want to be more than just one-year acquaintances, you have to hang out with each other socially. Find an activity you both enjoy or get together with other members of your hall and slowly get to know each other better and better. That’s what my roommate and I did, and after four years we’re still great friends. In fact, I was one of the groomsmen in his wedding this past January.
2) Talk to your teachers and advisor.
In your syllabus, it will say where your professor’s office is located. If you have questions or issues with the class, go to them and ask for help. Your teachers won't know you need help unless you tell them.
Also, meet with your advisor to go over classes for the next semester before the last week of the semester.
3) If you can, mix in your major classes with general education. This way you get to start taking classes and see if you really enjoy your major or not. It’s much easier to switch majors as a freshman than it is as a junior.
This will also help you later in college, as you’ll be taking some easier 100-level gen-eds and some 300-level major classes, rather than all 300-level classes as a junior.
4) Find your spot on campus.
Look for a quiet spot where you’ll be able to focus on homework. Also, hold yourself accountable. If your friends are nearby and you’re not getting work done, it’s time to find another place to study.
5) Get involved on campus.
Check out various clubs or organizations on campus and see if you enjoy their members and activities. An easy way to start a friendship is through a mutual interest so ?????
Also, if you can’t find a club that shares your interest, think about starting your own club. Make flyers, get them approved by your school, put them around campus, and start a Facebook page. You’ll be surprised by how easy it is.
In addition, having ‘started a club’ on your resume shows future employers that you have initiative.
Hopefully, by applying this advice, your time in college will truly be the best four years of your life.