Mireia, this is one of the wiser questions I've had the privilege of answering throughout the past few years. It speaks to your willingness to seek others' opinions and incorporate their answers into your own ideas. So, I appreciate the steps you want to take to be as prepared as possible! Right off the bat, you're headed in a good direction by asking others about their experiences!
Personally, college was a wonderful time, loaded with experiences that helped me become who I am today. I learned how to study more efficiently (high school was fairly challenging but collegiate academic demands took it to another level), write more clearly, communicate more effectively with friends and explore who I was more honestly. I learned more about myself and others during those four years than in any other period in my life, and I wouldn't trade that for anything.
You will most assuredly do the same thing, and it's wise to have a few expectations before your freshman year begins. If I could go back and do anything differently, here's what I'd want someone else to say to me:
- Plan your time intentionally and wisely. Depending on how many classes you'll take, you'll figure out how much time to set aside for studying and various assignments, projects and exams. Also, be absolutely sure to include time for yourself. What I'm referring to here are the basics: eating, sleeping, exercise, etc. You'd be surprised how easy it is to lose track.
- Reflect on who you are, how far you've come and where you're going. It's always refreshing and restoring for your inner self to be introspective. Think about who you were a year ago and who you are now. Take a moment to write down how you've changed and if you'd do anything differently along the way. Then look at your goals for a moment - where do you want to go? What would you like to do? What gets your heart going more than anything else in the world? Write it down, and then check your progress at the end of each semester.
- Finally, I found it very helpful to not only connect and keep good friends (those that help you grow positively) but write down the experiences you had. For example, I wrote down the things we joked about and the stuff that made me laugh. I still go back to those Word documents and journal pages when I have a moment and laugh at the great memories we shared. You can do the same, and trust me, your journal might fill up faster than you think!
There are amazing experiences ahead. Keep your head up, keep your eyes clear, keep your heart open...and then watch what happens ;)
Best of luck!