It’s exciting and terrifying at the same time. Wouldn’t you be excited and terrified, too, at the thought of leaving home and living independently in a totally different environment? College is not all fun and games, though. You have to put in a lot of work to make good grades without sacrificing a little fun and adventure on the side. Here are a few helpful tips to help you get through your freshman year and make it in one piece.
Always go to class
This is a no-brainer. If you keep skipping classes, how can you expect to learn anything? When you do show up for class, though, make sure you’re prepared. If you know you will be discussing something complex, read in advance to avoid information overload. After class, try to go over your notes again to absorb and let the new information settle in your brain.
When in doubt, never hesitate to ask
If something is not clear to you, always ask your professor if they can explain it again. They usually won’t proceed to the next topic until the matter is clear. You can also drop them an email for a quick clarification.
Try to get along with your roommate
How much you’ll enjoy or hate freshman year will also depend on the quality of your relationship with your roommate. Settle disputes and resolve issues. If you share the same love for coffee, go out on coffee runs together and try to get to know one another. Play sports together. Help each other out with your classes. You get the drift.
Do your homework
This is another no-brainer right here. Aside from flunking grades and incurring the wrath of your professors, not doing your homework says a lot about what kind of adult you will be in the workplace and life in general.
Stick to your budget
College is not cheap. Try to make your allowance last longer and go easy on the purchases. If your schedule allows getting a part-time job, you can also explore this option for extra money for the rainy days.
Choose your friends wisely
Your friends can be your success or your downfall. The friends you make in your freshman year usually become your friends your entire time at college and even longer than that. Be friends with people who will be positive influences and who will always have your back whenever you need them.
Get a tutor
Get help if you know you’re going to flunk in class, or if you’re having a particularly hard time learning something. Your tutor can be an exceptionally intelligent friend who can tutor you for a minimal fee, or you can also get the services of your professors if they can squeeze you in their schedules.
Establish a daily physical routine
College can be a tough and stressful time, so try to keep exercise in the loop to keep yourself fit and help you ward off stress. Go for a run when your schedule permits it. Hit the gym after class. Do yoga in your dorm room when your roommate is out. Sweat it out to keep the blood running.
Eat a healthy and proper diet
Avoid taking too much caffeine and empty calories. Instead, load up on protein and carbs. Make sure you eat plenty of vegetables. Snack on fruits and take lots of water to keep yourself hydrated. Also take vitamins every day for optimal health in mind and body.
Strike a balance between your social life and academic life
All work and no play make you sad and uninteresting. Join organizations whose causes you believe in. Have extracurricular activities. Go to parties. Don’t be too busy studying that you completely miss the fun adventure that is college!