High school students often hear stories (good and bad) of what to expect during their first year of college. In this post, we offer some expert tips on how to survive – and thrive – during your first year.
In high school, your days were very similar in that you were in school at the same times almost every day and maybe had some extracurricular activities or a job outside of school that were set at the same time every week.
In college, your day will depend on which classes you have and the reading and assignments you need to complete to prepare for class. You may also have a job, or you may be a college athlete and have practice or a game. You may be involved in a student organization with weekly meetings. You may have to run errands or drop paperwork off to a campus office. Oh yes, and you need to fit in time to eat, sleep, and take care of yourself!
Most important, you will be solely responsible for holding yourself accountable. Therefore, managing your time wisely will be very important for college success. Some great tips for managing your time effectively include:
You may have already heard these two words on a college visit or an admissions tour — and you will hear them again from your Orientation leader, Resident Advisor (RA), staff member, and/or upper-level student.
Getting involved on campus is the best way to get connected to your campus community, make friends, and develop great leadership skills that will be essential post-college. Colleges and universities have dozens of student organizations that represent a broad range of interests. Whether it be an intramural sport, an interest group, student government, or your campus activities board – all have so many benefits! Here are a few:
Colleges and universities all come equipped with helpful resources for students to succeed. Among those are the Learning Center, Disability Services, Counseling Center, Financial Assistance, Career Center, Health Center, Carlyle Campbell Library, academic advising, your Success Coach, your Resident Advisor, and countless more. It is likely that you will learn about a few of these during your orientation program. These offices come fully staffed with professionals who have a passion for supporting students and helping them to make the most out of their undergraduate experience.
Know this: never again in your life will you find so many different resources in one place. Take advantage of these campus resources that are provided for your benefit.