College is a whole different ballgame than high school. You are starting a new chapter in your life. Being a college freshman may not be easy, especially for the first few weeks. Here is some essential advice that may make the transition a bit smoother.
Attend all orientations– While you may think that you don’t need to attend any campus orientations, think again! The sooner you learn how to navigate the college campus, the less anxious you will start to feel.
Get and stay organized- When it comes to things assignments and their due dates, you will soon find that it is much different than your high school years. Most of the time, college professors will post the assignments and their due dates for the entire semester and students are expected to be prepared. So, whether you like to use a big wall calendar, an organizer or a smartphone app for organization, get one and organize your assignments for the semester.
Get acquainted with academic adviser– Your academic adviser is your go-to person for things like adding and dropping classes, course conflicts, deciding on a major and a minor and scheduling future courses. This person will be a key resource for you when it comes to academic conflicts and issues.
Be sure to stay healthy– Many mental and physical problems that college freshmen face can be attributed to an unhealthy lifestyle, like staying up all night, binge drinking and constantly eating fatty foods. Just because mom and dad aren’t around to set guidelines for you, doesn’t mean you can start engaging in bad health habits. So, be sure to eat right, take multivitamins, get enough sleep and exercise regularly.
Discover campus resources- The majority of colleges offer free resources that are at your disposal. Resources such as the tutoring center, the campus health center, the campus counseling center, the spiritual life office and the career services office, can all prove to be valuable assets during your freshman year of college.