Your freshman year of college can be both a daunting and exciting time. Many students struggle with starting college for a variety of reasons and quite a few even drop out, so you want to make sure you are one of the students who survives and thrives during your freshman year. College is so different from anything else you will have experienced before so it is only natural to struggle with certain things in your first year, but there are lots of things you can do to give yourself the best possible chance of success and have a great time as well.
The students who settle into college life the quickest are often the ones that go to all of the orientations and activities on offer in the first few weeks. You may feel like you don’t need to go on a campus tour or a library orientation, but the opportunities that such activities offers are twofold: as well as giving you useful information that will help you settle into academic life (turning up late to class because you got lost is going to do you no favors), they are also great opportunities to meet new people.
The best things that you can do to ensure academic success are to attend all of your classes and to be organized. As easy as it can be to sleep in and miss your early morning classes, particularly after a late night partying, you will miss vital information and very quickly feel out of your depth if you don’t attend class. Organizing yourself will be something you have to learn very quickly if you are not already good at it. In high school, teachers spend a lot more time reminding students of deadlines and ensuring each student knows what they are doing when. At college, it is up to you to check assignment deadlines and ensure that you stick to them. It is well worth getting a good organizer or an app designed for the same purpose and putting in all of your deadlines well in advance, and working out when to start each one to ensure they are all handed in on time without being rushed.
Another very important aspect of surviving your freshman year is financial survival. It’s extremely important to know what you need to have set aside each month for bills and other vital payments, then set yourself a budget for things like food and socializing and make sure you stick to it. It is well worth considering getting a part-time job, as this will also help you to hone your time management skills as well as gain vital work experience to add to your resume. Of course, this will also mean you have more spending money to go out and have fun. And having fun is vital to surviving your freshman year because otherwise you won’t want to stick at it. So join a few clubs and sports teams and make new friends in different areas of college life and you will definitely survive and have an amazing time.