The first couple of weeks of college for anyone are just like what you expect it to be, hectic. Whether you live on campus or not, the first couple of weeks in college take a lot of getting used to. Here are a few tips to make the transition a little smoother.
1. Get a Schedule Going
So far I’m four weeks into my sophomore year as a dormer and I’m still running around like a chicken with its head cut off. You’re bombarded with so much within the first couple of weeks that it can be difficult to get a hold of. Joining clubs, working out, attending class, and having time for your friends are just among the few things you’ll be potentially fitting into your schedule. Instead of spontaneously doing everything create a time to this or that. If you want to go to the gym every other day at 5pm then go at that time rather than different times all the time. That’s how your schedule becomes a mess when you lose track of things. Planning every event out might seem tedious at first, but it sure comes in handy. In the end it’s all about finding that balance.
2. Go To the Library
Quiet will be your new favorite sound. A college campus is usually loud, rowdy, and busy so noise will always be very apparent. The library is the one sanctuary where noise is prohibited to enter. Ever since I started going to my school’s library I spend hours doing homework, studying, and writing blog posts. Going to the library might seem like a no brainer, but in my freshman year I did not appreciate it whatsoever. Now though, the library is pretty much my second home.
3. Hold Off on Partying
Trust me I love partying as much as everyone else, but there is a time and place for everything. Just because you finished your first week in college doesn’t mean it’s okay to go on all night benders. It’s all about knowing when to go out or when to stay home. If you have a test on Monday you don’t want to spend Saturday partying and Sunday puking. Especially within the first few weeks, everything is still new. Once you find your footing then start to explore all the crazy college parties happening around you.
4. Don’t Be Afraid to Switch Out of Classes
Whether a class is too hard or it’s just not right for you, don’t ever feel bad for switching out. Personally I’ve switched out of classes before just because the books were too expensive! The vibe of the teacher, students, and work itself usually determines whether a class is right fit for you or not. Don’t wait until the middle of the semester as you’re failing to switch out and get a “W” as your grade for the class
5. Take Advantage of Office Hours
One of my biggest academic regrets during my freshman year was not taking advantage of my professor’s office hours. Your professors will genuinely like seeing you come in and engage them in talk about the class. Whether it relates to work or not, office hours are a good time to actually sit down and talk to your professor one on one. Professor’s stay after hours for a reason, learn to use it to your advantage.
6. Find Work at Your School
Your school is the perfect place to look for job opportunities of any kind. Whether it’s a clerk at the bookstore or a research assistant, use the school to your benefit. Aside from getting paid, finding work through the school has the potential to open up many more opportunities. Being a lab assistant to your psychology professor could be that extra edge that lands you that job.
7. Get to Know Your Floor Mates
Getting to know your roommate is a given, but knowing your floor mates usually is not. Expand beyond the one other person living in your room and go for the 30 who live on your floor. You might not realize it now but as your out busy making new friends you’re secretly networking as well! So when you get invited to that party this weekend or the girl in 5b tells you about an internship opening at her work place, remember who to thank.
No one is ever “good” at college. It takes a lot of time getting use to. Just keeping moving forward and you’ll be fine.