A Guide To A Successful College Year- FRESHMAN EDITION
In a few weeks, thousands upon thousands of teenagers will be walking onto their campuses to start their freshman year. We all know the saying, "college is supposed to be the best years of your life," but how many actually believe that? If you're someone who has never been away from home before and is used to your parents doing everything for you, you may not be the most excited to start this new journey in your life. With that being said HAVE NO FEAR, follow these few tips and they will make your college experience waaaaayyy easier and enjoyable....
The Art of Finesse: You will definitely want your finesse skills to be on point upon entering college. Have a midterm coming up but you haven't even opened up your books yet? Tonight is the party of the year and you have a 10 page paper due. Don't. Worry. Always remind yourself where there's a will there's a way. Pull together all your resources and find a way to get it done. Borrow notes from someone in your class. Stay in your room all day and finish that essay so you'll be able to party with your friends. College is honestly a huge test on your abilities to finesse and trust you do not want to be a loser at that game.
Time Management: With that being said, try not to make it a habit of waiting until the last minute to get things done. Yeah it may've worked out great for you first semester, but procrastination is a burden that no one wants to carry. Learn how to divide up you time so that you can do everything you want and not look back with regret. Nobody wants to be the one stuck in their dorm all the time doing work. Then again don't be that person who is ALWAYS out at EVERY party either. Too much partying could end you up on academic probation where you're in a situation that you HAVE to stay in and do your work or else you'll get kicked out of school. Many people get that syllabus on the first day of class that lays out all assignments and due dates, but seem to quickly forget about it. The secret to not being overwhelmed and staying on top of this is right here..... TIME MANAGEMENT!
Get Involved: It can be very intimidating to make new friends in college. You come from this place where you know everybody and now everyone around you is new. Joining clubs and organizations is a great way to meet new people. Find something you're interested in and 9 times out of 10 there is a club on campus that is centered around that. The more clubs you join the more chances you have at meeting new people with interests similar to yours. The friends you meet freshman year will usually stick with you throughout your college experience.
Be Friendly With Your Professors: Now this may sound a little weird but trust, the better the relationship you keep with your professors, the better chance you'll have at doing well. Don't wait until it's time for finals to go to your professors' office hours. Go throughout the semester; even if it's just to check-in with them. This will show them how serious you are and how much you want to do well. When they can associate a face with a name, it tends to work in your favor. Many don't like the idea of having to kiss up to people but in college you will quickly have to humble yourself if you want to make it. Don't get it wrong though, this method will not work in EVERY class.
With following these few guidelines, hopefully your freshman year is an experience you will never forget. Remember you can only do undergrad once in your life, so make every bit of it count. ♥