What is the best advice you have for incoming college freshmen?
Making the leap from high school to college seems pretty scary at times. It would be amazing to hear some advice about how to be successful, well-organized, and happy during the next 4 years! #tips #collegeadvice
Hi Tracey! Congrats, you are going to have an amazing time in college. My best advice: BALANCE.
Don't only study and don't only party. Remember you are there for education, but education can mean encompass many different things. You are there to become educated in your degree and to be a successful professional. You are also there to become further educated on working in groups, being in social situations, and becoming a well-rounded and kind individual. I would say get involved in an organization. It is a great way to meet peers and to be a part of a collective group, to have a sense of belonging. My best friends from college almost all were in the same organizations that I was in. Also, go to as many events as your schedule allows. College campuses are full of events with free food and fun activities and although sometimes you may not want to go, you will never regret going. Be sure to always go to class and work hard, but work hard and play hard! It is college, there will never be a time like this in your life!
I recently graduated from college myself and had the same question going in. The best advice that was given to me was that college is what you make it out to be. I loved my college experience but I know people who did many of the same things I did but felt differently about college. I think that having a good outlook and staying positive is key. Freshman year was definitely a big adjustment and at many times I felt overwhelmed, but my advice for that is to acknowledge that a feeling of being overwhelmed is normal and will pass. I think the best way to approach freshman year is just to dive in and take advantage of everything that is offered.
It might be a good idea to spend time thinking about what you want to get out of college and achieve while you are there. Take some time to research what your college has to offer and write down what you might be interested in. Joining clubs and activities will make the transition easier and make you feel more apart of the campus. Further, developing a routine or schedule definitely helped me to stay on top of everything and focus on my goals. Making a planner and setting time up for homework, clubs and other activities that are important to you will help you see that you can make time for it all and keep you aware of your deadlines and commitments.
I hope this helps! Best of luck!
Most times the college has a campus preview weekend where students can come with their parents, talk to advisors in their majors, get a tour of the campus and dorms and even talk to current students. In order to be successful, it would be best to learn and practice time management techniques ( i.e. scheduling time for study, getting homework done and playtime with campus clubs/activities). Another is to be a good guardian of yourself especially if you are moving away to college. Once you have these elements secure, you will have a great time in college.