I remember my first day of college – waking up super early in my tiny dorm room, getting ready, walking to my first class. I was so nervous! My entire life I had gone to school with the same people and now I was completely surrounded by students I didn’t know. Thankfully I ended up pushing myself out of my introverted comfort zone and picked up a few tips that I want to share with all incoming students.
– Go to class: I think this one should be pretty obvious. A lot of the time Professors cover subject matter that either doesn’t appear in the assigned reading or isn’t given enough emphasis. If you’re skipping class, you’re missing on all of this additional information that could help you better understand what you’re learning or could appear on future exams.
– Everyone needs a mental health day: I know that I literally just said it was important to go to class, but it’s also important to remember that everyone needs a mental health day every now and then. Looking back at it now, there are times when I should have just taken the day off. It’s okay to miss a class or two if you need a small break or to catch up on sleep.
– Go to school sponsored events: I can’t even begin to tell you how many comedians, movies, and bands I’ve seen thanks to school sponsored events – and almost all for free! Take advantage of this! Because once you graduate you’ll be paying a lot more to see these same acts (trust me).
– Utilize your professor’s office hours: These hours have been designed with you in mind. Use them to help answer any questions you might have, have your work get looked over, or talk to your Professor or TA about writing a reference letter for you during your post-job search. I’m sure your instructors will stress this as well but they’re literally just sitting by themselves in their office during this time, waiting for students to show up.
– Don’t be afraid of your advisor: Your advisor wants to see you succeed. They want you to do well in college and graduate. If you’re starting to feel overwhelmed and you begin missing exams or not turning in papers, please talk to them and they will help devise a plan to get you back on track. I promise!
– Get to know your classmates: Not only is class a great place to meet new people and make friends, but your classmates make wonderful study partners! If you’re studying for an exam or working on a paper, they’ll be able to possibly provide a different point of view that’ll just make everything connect.
I know that all of you can succeed at whatever you put your mind to. While starting a new school can be intimidating, it’ll also give you amazing memories you’ll remember for the rest of your life.
What’s one tip you have for people starting school again?