If you’re about to start college, you probably have a million different emotions running through your head. You’re equal parts excited and nervous about starting this new chapter in your life, and you’re wondering what exactly the future will hold. I bet you wish you had some useful tips to help you start the year off well, right? Well, surprise! We have a few for you, as well as a chance to win one of our Young Adult’s Guides to College (entry details below the article)! Let the learning commence….
Tip #1: Don’t get intimidated. We know sometimes it feels like your classmates are way smarter than you, and you feel like you can never measure up. But guess what? You’re literally all starting at the same place. You weren’t accepted to your institution in some rank order from best-to-worst. You were accepted. Each and every one of you. Point blank. The person beside you in class isn’t smarter just because he can come up with a quicker answer to your professor’s question. Just worry about yourself and strive to do your personal best, not the other guy’s. -Kristen
Tip #2: Be friendly. You don’t have to go around saying “Hello!” to every single person you meet on the street, but a small smile never hurt anyone. Meet people on your dorm floor, hang out in the lounge, and chat with the people in your classes. A casual smile or conversation can honestly make someone’s day, especially if they’re stressing out about all the work they have to do. So just be nice. Odds are, it’ll lift your mood too, and make those late-night study sessions a little less depressing. -Kristen
Tip #3: Naps are heaven-sent. I never realized just how amazing an afternoon nap could be until I started college. (On my first day, I literally went to all of my classes, then immediately returned to my room and took a nap, and it felt great!) You shouldn’t constantly put off going to class and studying in favor of sleep; that will get you nowhere. But if you’ve suddenly hit that point where everything you read is gibberish and you can’t form a coherent thought, please take a nap. You’ll thank yourself later once your brain begins to function again. -Kristen
Tip #4: Get involved. I know just making the plunge to go to a few events where you don’t know anyone can be really scary, but it’s also really important. It’s obviously one of the best ways to make friends, and club meetings are where you can meet people that have some of the same passions as you. Also, meeting friends can encourage positive peer pressure, and it’s much easier to go to an event if you already know that you will know someone there. -Kylie
Tip #5: Go to the library. We sometimes forget that we are at college to study and get a degree! The library can be a great place to study and get work done. For some people, it’s hard to do work in the confinement of their dorm room or they have too many distractions in their dorm. The library can also be another great place to meet people. Maybe that person from your class that you’ve always wanted to talk to just happens to be in the library. Your library also has so many resources available to you and maybe while you’re there, you can check out a book or two (one for class, and one for your own personal enjoyment)! –Kylie
Tip #6: Call your family. Make sure to call your family every once in a while, but don’t let them call too often because you’re only in college for a short time, and you need to take advantage of every opportunity you can! I know this can be hard because you’ve probably been living with them for 18 years and then suddenly, you’re just not. Your parents realize that you’re out having fun and making friends, but they still really like to hear your voice. Set up a schedule of when you can have your phone calls so that you will be sure not to miss each other. –Kylie
All in all, college is such an exciting time in your life, and you should enjoy it as such! At the end of the day, you will know what works best for you, so as they say, you do you! Do what feels comfortable and right for you.
Now it’s time for the giveaway rules…
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The giveaway will last for a week, closing at 11:59 pm on August 23rd.
Once selected with a random generator, the winner will have the opportunity to pick from five college advice guides.
*Giveaway open to U.S. residents only*
Don’t miss out on your chance to win an entire book’s-worth of college advice!