What are some of them most important pieces of advice that you would give to someone about to start their freshman year of college?
I am about to start college next school year and just want to make sure I have all of my bases covered in terms of just knowledge required to get through my first year in one piece. I want to make sure I get my bearings and get used to whatever life awaits me.
Here's a few ideas, off the top of my head.
1. You get to schedule your own classes. If you are not a morning person, do not schedule morning classes.
2. Don't try to take all your classes M/W/F and take T/Th off. That's too many classes back to back - really, don't schedule more than 2 classes back to back.
3. Try to have a 2- class break between classes. For example, if you take a class from 9-10, and one from 10-11, don't schedule the next one until one pm. This gives you time to eat, time to visit with friends, time to study. A one-class break goes by too fast.
4. Do the readings, ahead of class. Do not fall behind. Do not fall behind. Take notes, don't rely on the teacher's power point presentation on line. sometime within a day or two after class, review your notes. If there is anything you don't understand, clarify with classmates or professor.
5. YOU are responsible for your own learning. If there is something you are having difficulty with, address it. Use study resources on campus, meet with the professor, or Google it!!!! I managed to find an excellent on-line video to explain the significance of a court case that I wasn't comprehending from readings and lecture.
6.Take good care of yourself. This includes sleeping, nutritious eating, exercise, relaxation, and hydration.
7. Finances: If you are having to live on a budget, it's not easy. Don't hesitate to ask for help. Learn how to be more economical with meals to free up money for entertainment, for example.
8. Have FUN. Give yourself time to enjoy life. Join student groups, attend events, etc.
9. Review professors on-line. Take easy professors for mandatory general classes. Look for better, and possibly demanding professors for courses in your major. You are paying to learn something, not just to obtain a credential.
Okay, I think that's it. I'm sure others will add in some other ideas! Good question. Good luck to you!!
2. Learn how to cook some basic meals (eggs, ramen, etc) before living away from home.
3. Learn how to time manage effectively especially if you plan on work-studying part time or join a student activity group.
4. Learn how to network with peers and professionals.
5. Practice public speaking - you will have to do a lot of presentations in college, if you're nervous about speaking in a crowd, practice practice practice.
Another valuable thing that I found worked for me is to make sure that you're taking care of yourself. Learning how to eat well, finding time to exercise, seeing friends and family, sleeping enough, etc. are all great things to prioritize. That will help you get the most out of yourself and limit stress when things get busy!
As for your studies, it's always a great idea to have a general direction in mind, but keep in mind that it's perfectly normal to explore different options as well! College is a fantastic place for self-discovery, after all. And hey, how about getting a job? University life is an excellent opportunity to gain some valuable work experience that will benefit you in the long run. Be sure to look for job opportunities that cater to college students - they are out there!
One of the best things about college is the community, so go ahead and put yourself out there! Dive into your courses with enthusiasm and determination, and remember that practicing good habits will pave the way for your success. Don't shy away from making new connections and forming lifelong friendships. You'll be amazed at the diverse, interesting, and supportive people you'll meet in your academic journey.
And finally, keep in mind that college is not just about academics – it's also about finding your passions and interests outside the classroom. Embrace the wide range of clubs and extracurricular activities available to you and who knows, you might just be surprised by what you fall in love with!
Keep shining bright and remember that the sky's the limit! Go out there and make the most of this fantastic experience. You've got this!