New to this whole college thing? It’s never fun to learn things the hard way, so we’ve jotted down a few tips to keep your first year of mistakes to a minimum.
- Don’t pack too much
It’s a small room and it’s going to feel even smaller the more you put inside of it. Also, keep in mind that semesters are pretty short and the less you take, the less you have to repack and bring home again in a few months.
- Don’t compare college to your hometown or high school
This is your chance to create a new chapter, memories and new opportunities. Live in the moment, not your past.
- Go to class
It’s just good practice. The more you go to class, the more involved you are, the more you learn, plus you never know when the professor may drop some crucial exam information.
- Ask for help when you need it
Don’t ever be afraid to raise your hand, contact a professor with a question, or seek help from classmates or tutors. You’re not here because you know everything, you’re here to learn.
- Back up your files
Even a simple click on that “save” icon in Word can be a lifesaver.
- Don’t cram for tests
It actually doesn’t work for you and you know it. Spread your studying out and start studying earlier. Start college off with better habits than you had in the past. Your brain and stress levels will thank you.
- Be careful with the caffeine
A tired brain isn’t likely to retain the things you need it to. Try not to drink caffeine after 3 pm (some experts say 2 pm 😐) if you don’t want it to negatively affect your sleep.
- Remove your clothes from the washer and dryer
If you don’t want someone to touch your skivvies, don’t leave them sitting in the washer or dryer for very long after their cycle. Set a timer because they will definitely be taken out…just not by you.
There will be plenty of time after graduating to spend with your phone. Try to look up every once in a while – going away to college is a special time that you can’t relive in adulthood. Start a convo, say yes to a coffee date. Socializing is good for your mental health, so don’t study too too hard and don’t be scared to make new friends.
- Get involved in extracurricular activities
Speaking of new friends, extracurricular activities are a great way to make new ones. Try to look further than the groups you would have normally associated with in high school and don’t let these activities distract you from your schoolwork too much.
- Get a credit card (maybe)
This is a good time to build credit, but if you start racking up a balance you can’t pay off, cut that thing in half.
- Call home to check in
We know you’re busy with your new life and all, but your loved ones have been missing you.
Want a reminder to tape into your planner or bullet journal? Save it, print it and cut it out.