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Beginning Your First Year of College!
For most of you high school seniors, it is getting really close to graduation time, either that or you have already graduated. You may not sure what to expect when your getting ready for college and that is completely understandable. This is a definitely a new experience for many of us. Well here is a little information to help you along the way.
It's your first year of college and your all set to go. For some of you it is your first time being all on your own and having to depend solely on yourself. Some may find it to be exciting while others may find themselves becoming scared, but honestly there is little to be scared of. All you need to do is simply adjust to your new environment and the easiest way to go about doing that is making friends, getting to know the campus better, and joining some type of group or organization. That is really the hardest part along with learning how to balance class/studies, friends, parties, and extracurricular activities. This is the time when most freshman find their first year the hardest, but hopefully after reading this you will feel better prepared for starting your first year.
I know it may be the first couple days of class and all and you feel like if you miss class you won't miss anything important, but regardless you need to go class. Go to meet new people, get the feel for your teachers, and most importantly get your class syllabus. One of the most important things I learned is to ALWAYS go over your class syllabus. It usually has everything you need to know about your class and I do mean everything like your class's absence policy, homework policy, a list of when assignments are due, and sometimes even what your doing in class on a particular day. The important thing is read your syllabus hands down. Also, attend class of course. I can not stress these two things enough. Don't be one of those people who only shows up for test day because if you are you usually miss out on extra credit activities,etc., and other information that you may find to be extremely helpful. Go to class as often as you can because you never know what friends you could make simply from attending class. One more important thing is NEVER buy your textbooks from the campus bookstore. They are WAY over-priced I promise you. Use websites like eBay, chegg, half.com, and etc. It will save you a ton of money.
Although you may think making friends might be difficult, it relatively easy as long as you are willing to put in a little effort. Going to class for instance. Sit next to a complete stranger in class and introduce yourself. Chances are they will do the same. Depending on the class you might end up talking to that person about how boring or exciting you think the class or professor may be. This is honestly one of the best ways to get a feel for a person. Another way to make friends is to attend various campus events. Every campus has those lame events, but go even if you think they are lame. You never know who you could meet. You usually run into some of the same people and the more familiar the face the more likely someone will approach you. Also, you never know who your sitting next to. That person could end up being your best friend, just be mindful of that. Lastly, you can make friends be joining an extracurricular activity on campus. It is one of the best way to make friends and eventually those friends may even end up becoming your family.
Joining a Club/Extracurricular
Check out your schools website and look up student organizations. There should be a long list of different clubs and things that your school offers. Scroll through that list and see if there is anything that may interest you. You are bound to find something you like especially since college usually have hundreds of clubs. Colleges/Universities have some of the oddest clubs if I do say so myself. Find something you like and see if you can contact one of the people in the club to find out more details. If you think it is something you want to do, just go for it because you honestly have nothing else to lose, but so much more to gain.
One of the perks of college is definitely the parties, but the key is not to party too hard because by the time the second semester comes around those people have already flunked out. Also, you know how they always tell you don't drink the punch because someone probably spiked it. Well in college, usually the punch was made intentionally with alcohol in it. It's kind of the point now because hey we're in college. Just a little heads up if your not used to that kind of thing. Be careful what your drinking if you don't plan on getting too drunk. A bulk of college parties consist of music, alcohol and drugs so beware, but all-in-all there is nothing wrong with attending a party here or there, just don't party too hard and lastly don't go home with someone you don't know. Just don't. It is never the brightest idea I guarantee you.