Tuesday, August 23, 2016

How to Survive Freshman Year

  1. Write down EVERYTHING. This includes assignments, tests, meetings, events you want to go too... literally anything and everything. If you are like me and prefer to hand write stuff try getting yourself a cute little agenda. Mine is a bound Lilly Pulitzer agenda and is a medium size that fits well in my purse or backpack. Your school bookstore should also have some, or you could go to Target, Staples, Office Depot, Walmart... whatever floats your boat. Just something with a calendar that will get the job done. Those of you who are more into technology should be utilizing the free calendar that comes with every phone. For some people this is a better resource. If you aren't sure, try out both and see what works best for you!
  2. Parties are fun and all, but what about when someone comments on something totally embarrassing you did? Keep yourself in check and have friends who can watch out for you. Don't be that person. 
  3. Its fun to hang out with new friends from your hall until 4 am, but what about that 8 am class you have in a few hours? Remember that school should be your number one priority. Sometimes you can't make it to that party, but it's okay because there will always be another party. Go to class everyday, get there on time, pay attention, do the homework, and when tests come around PLEASE actually study. Try as hard as you can not to procrastinate, because if something goes wrong last minute and you can't finish or turn in an assignment, your professor won't care. If you know you will have to miss class one day, tell your professor as soon as possible, not after you missed the day, because they will be more willing to work with you. 
  4. College is a time where a lot of us are really challenged with learning time management. This is where that agenda really comes in handy! If I have a particularly busy day I will even make myself a different schedule just for the day that is in a bit of a "to-do list" format. When I plan my day out it helps to make sure that I allocate appropriate times for each thing I need to do. It also aids in keeping you from straying from what needs to be done because who doesn't like the satisfying feeling of checking something off of a to do list?
  5. Sometimes it is hard, but keep your dorm clean. I promise it makes you feel totally put together even though you might be freaking out about that first test you just failed in College Algebra. It helps you keep a clear head and focus better on school work if you are in a tidy space. 
  6. Exercise and try to be as healthy as possible! The freshman 15 is a very real thing. I know that going grocery shopping alone can be really exciting and it can be all to tempting to grab all of your favorite childhood treats, but now that you are an adult those things can start to take a bit of a toll on your body. Its okay to treat yourself sometimes, but not in excess. If you keep your food in check and maybe start a workout routine you should be good to go! If you didn't work out before, try grabbing a friend to be your workout buddy. Go utilize that free gym! Also be warned: parties can be dangerous sometimes, but one of the worst things is how many calories are in alcohol. That is another HUGE thing that causes people to gain weight in college. I noticed that by the end of my freshman year, the girls who used to have bodies that I dreamed of having, had gained a new friend known as the "beer belly." Commonly seen on Dad's and now also college girls who drink too much. 
  7. Talk to the people around you, make friends! Have a buddy for every class and exchange numbers. You can exchange notes if you are absent and get help or answer questions for each other. You might even have a new friend to hang out with on the weekends!
  8. Go to the events the school holds for you, believe it or not, they can actually be fun. Invite that cool group of people you met the other day in class or down the hall and have a good time! There is a team of students who works very hard to host fun events for students to enjoy, so show some pride for you school and go out to support!
  9. Utilize your schools resources: Did you fail your first biology exam? Go check out all those free tutoring services! Cant figure out what classes you should take next semester! Go meet up with an advisor! Not sure why you got a C on your paper? Stop by your professors office hours and they are usually happy to tell you what went wrong and how to do better next time! Not sure what to do with yourself some nights of the week? Join a cool club that looks interesting to you, your school probably has a few hundred to choose from! The point is, one of the best parts about college is that we have a ton of free resources right at our fingertips. We don't pay all this money for nothing!
  10. Get involved, trust me. This will make the transition into college much smoother and will help you make a ton of friends. Whether it is greek life, intramural sports, or an on-campus ministry find something you enjoy being apart of and stick to it. Maybe even use this as a way to take on a new skill that you have never done before. 
  11. Decorate your room, it will feel more homey. Especially on homesick days. Sometimes schools even have contests on who's room is decorated the best!
  12. Give yourself some "me time" at least once a week. During this time experiment with different ways that could help you destress from the craziness of college life. Work out, draw/paint, journal, listen to music, binge watch some Netflix, go sit outside and get some sun by a pool... whatever helps you destress and relax! Do something that you are passionate about and enjoy. 
  13. Make connections with EVERYONE. From random people you meet to your professors. You never know how they could help to impact your future. Try to make a personal connection with everyone you meet.