This applies mainly to college and somewhat to high school. Every school is different but here are some of the things that I find most useful.
- Don’t be Shy
You are in a new place and you will meet great new friends. You have to get out of your comfort zone a little to make these friends!!
2. Join a bunch of clubs/ go to campus activites
For one, its a great resume builder and you’ll meet lots of people with similar interests. Great place to make friends and have something to do!! Also, if your campus has greek life, I would recommend it!! Lots of fun and you’ll always have friends that want to do something with you!
3. Skip freshman orientation
Just a big waste of time for them to tell you a bunch of obvious stuff. Make friends with someone that wants to go to it and have them give you the important info.
4. Just lower your standards of good food
The food tastes like crap but if you just lower your expectations it can be tolerable. If you want to know more info about what I ate my first semester click here
5. Don’t over pack
No junk.. Click here for my packing list. I also have some dorm décor advice so click here for that.
6. Schoolwork before fun
Get the homework and studying overwith BEFORE you go out and do fun stuff. Don’t procrastinate or push off homework. Rip off the homework bandaid and just do it.
7. Talk to your advisor regularly
The better they know you, the more they can help you pick classes and move forward in your degree. Plus the more you visit your advisor, the more they WANT to make sure you get everything you need. Say if a class is full, they can make a special adjustment to get you into the class. They’ll only do this if they know your an active student and deserve it.
8. Go to your Professors office hours
If you have any questions or hesitations then you should 100% go to your professor just to clarify. Plus you will stand out amongst your class if you take that initiative and your prof will know you are serious about the class. So some profs might grade your assignments a bit more lienient compared to people that don’t do their homework or put no effort into the class. Plus its their job to help you
9. Don’t be afraid to get a tutor
I have had a bunch of hard classes all at once. I got tutors for the ones I had less interest in. I could have stuggled to learn the material alone but the tutors just help you get a better understanding of the content. I liked to spend the time with my tutor doing homework and example problems. Mine were for Physics 2 and Calc 2 and I ended up getting good grades in those classes and did not struggle at all.
10. Always go to class
Some proffessors give bonus oppurtunities for those that come to class. PLUS they might tell you exact questions that can be on the test
11. Do your Laundry
Clean laundry=less clutter. Make sure you set timers on your phone do get it exactly when its done. People will throw your clothes on the ground if you are not there when the cycle finishes.
You can do it in your room BUT in the library is much better. You will easily lose focus in your room. Plus the library is nice and quiet and that’s where the printers are.
13. Try to be friends with your roommate
A lot of people get fed up with their roommates. I ended up just being the “Mom” of my roomates. Bascially I just took care of them when they were sick and made sure they weren’t too too bad at parties and stuff. I think I’m just a little more experienced with the life aspect of college. I know how to take care of myself and clean so like I don’t mind doing it. Anyways, Love my roomies to death and ill miss living with them this year.
14. Don’t get involved with drama
A lot of people will be “stuck in high school” all they wanna do is party and talk shit on people. You are literally an adult. Grow up. Drama is pathetic and so are the people that initiate it. Not everyone is a saint but sometimes you just have to tell people to fuck off. oops.
15. DONT STRESS
Yes its college. But you shouldn’t be nervous and stress about small things. Save the stressing for midterms and finals.
Hope this helps & thanks for reading!