I just attended an orientation preview for the college that I am going to attend, and, while I am excited to be on my own, I also am trying to make decisions on my own right now before I get there. Some tips I have for future freshmen may be helpful for you, or may be utterly useless; either way though, knowing about some of these may help someone else that you know. If you have any questions for me, fill out the contact form at the bottom.
THE TEN THORNS EVERY COLLEGE FRESHMAN SHOULD KNOW
- Don’t be afraid to ask for help.
Just because you are going to be in college and more on your own, doesn’t mean you have to take the world on alone, asking for help (I’m asking for help on choosing a computer for my classes) can save you a lot of trouble in the end.
- ASK QUESTIONS!
A math teacher I had in high school told me that the only dump/stupid question is the one that you don’t ask. I can guarantee that someone else has the same question.
- Start working on making your OWN decisions.
Once you start making some of your own choices, and not just the little ones but some of the bigger ones, such as taking a class that your parents don’t agree with but that you would really enjoy, you are starting to become more independent and college will probably seem less scary. Start small though and don’t freak yourself out. 🙂
- Make Connections!
When I say make connections, I mean make connections with someone at the college. An older student, a professor, or your advisor can all be a connection. I connected with my orientation leader who is attending to become a history major and now I feel a bit more of the college community and less like someone just showing up.
- Try something new.
Don’t stay in your box, come out of it and try some of the activities the college has to offer, and I don’t mean anything crazy. Just maybe try a class that you’re curious about but are unsure of taking. Just do it. I’m thinking about becoming a Resident Assistant, which means I would help students in my residence hall, and while I’m unsure about it, I’m going to do it.
If you don’t know what a class is about or if you don’t know anything about the area, learn about it. Learning about where you are going to be can take a lot of stress off of you and can make the area seem less foreign and more exciting.
- Be ready for homesickness.
Even if you are only a few hours away from home, still say good bye and be prepared to miss your family, even if you say that you won’t miss them, you most likely will. To make the transition easier, say a proper good bye and send letters, e-mails, phone calls, or whatever you want to stay in touch. They’re just a phone call away.
- Balance your classes.
Don’t try to take all the same type of classes at once and don’t try to take them all in the morning or on one day. You can overwhelm yourself and finding a happy medium can make studying for classes and experiencing college life much more enjoyable.
- Think things through.
Remember that you don’t have your parents around to get you out of the messes that you create, so think about what you are about to do and ask “Is this really a good idea?” If it is go through with it; if it’s not and you do it, just be ready for the consequences.
- Have fun!
While you may be in college to prepare for the business world and your life after learning, don’t forget to ENJOY yourself. You can’t go back to these years and you should experience what there is around you. It’s not all about studying but socializing and making connections that may last forever or help you later in life.P.S. While some of these tips seem like common sense or just a “duh!” one, some people really don’t know about them. Just take them into consideration. I AM NOT TELLING YOU WHAT TO DO! (Okay?)