College Tips Incoming Freshmen Should Consider
So you’re ready: you’ve applied to all of your colleges and you’ve been accepted, and you’ve even bought your supplies. But don’t be fooled, there are still things you could be doing – you aren’t completely ready yet, freshman!
Class Attendance Matters!
Make sure you attend all of your classes and take notes in each and every class. Your first year should be taken seriously as any other year at college. College can be fun, but let’s be honest, you’re there for the education and you need your grades. Your first year can be a great opportunity to skyrocket that GPA of yours. Make sure you are prepared to work hard, as college is nothing like high school. The workload is much heavier, although you might not want to hear it or admit it.
Get a College Planner
You should also try and get organized by setting those deadlines and meeting them. College is about following through with work and projects – you need to meet your deadlines in order to get good grades. College simply expects you to pay and turn up, they don’t set you a schedule or help you in getting your grades, that bit is up to you. You need to be responsible in college.
Don’t over-schedule yourself, but do try and sign up to as many extra-curricular groups, activities and clubs as possible. This way you’ll stay social and meet new people – and possibly make quite a few friends in the process!
Don’t be afraid to try different things on your own, you need to be independent. Try to take yourself out of your comfort zone – you’re already living away from home so why not try a few more things out of the ordinary that you’re not used to – you’ll build great character.
Also, try to maintain a healthy diet and get your exercise, it’ll indirectly help your grades and make sure you feel a lot better!
Stay Balanced in College
Try and make time for you too, or you’ll get depressed with all of the work! Schedule time to go out with your friends, shopping etc, and of course do your fair share of partying!
Take chances in college and choose the classes that you genuinely find different and interesting.
Develop a network of friends at college, be yourself, but develop some popularity and develop your social skills.
And of course be positive! Keep your chin up.