Stepping into the unknown is the most difficult thing in the world. No, in the whole universe. That’s why thousands of high school graduates, just like you, are now stressed out – your college life is about to begin. So, what to expect? Will you succeed? Will you make new friends? Will you pass the exams?
After a few weeks, you’ll see that studying at college is not that difficult. Still, the transitional period might be a little complicated. That’s why we’ve prepared a list of useful tips you have to follow if you want to have a good start of your adult life.
Money Doesn’t Grow on Trees
It’s high time you became frugal, child. Plan all your expenses beforehand and do not buy anything on a whim. Textbooks, tuition fees, and other college stuff will hit your pocket, and if you can’t say no to a pair of brandy jeans and umpteenth nail polish, you’ll be broke in no time.
Make a habit of creating shopping lists, start saving up, and you’ll feel the difference. You may as well consider finding a part-time job. Also, there are many opportunities for freelancers, so if you have any talents you could sell, start thinking about it now.
Manage Your Time
You’ve probably heard it a million times, but good planning is crucial if you want to be successful. Time is your most valuable resource, so you have to manage it wisely. You’ve got so many things to do: classes, extracurriculars, job, but only self-discipline makes multitasking possible.
You’ve Come Here to Study!
Student life is bustling with activity. Naturally, the stress level is overwhelming. It means you become highly emotional and may get it out on professors and other college authorities. This is not what you have to do. Whenever you have your hands full, remind yourself that studying is now your biggest priority. You’ve come here to attend lectures, take tests (and hopefully pass them), write essays, and so on.
Sticks and Stones…
You are going to make many friends these years. New roommates, classmates, good teachers – with some of them you’ll manage to build strong relationships. College is the best environment to socialize and meet new people.
However, not all these people will be your people. I mean, you won’t see eye to eye with everyone. You just have to accept that. Don’t take all their remarks too personally. College life opens up new opportunities – use them and don’t let anyone be an obstacle between you and your dream.
Sooner or Later, You’ll Have to Make up a Resume
This is a good thing to remember. This means you’ll have to mention some experience. Don’t hesitate to get an internship or become a volunteer. This will be a great advantage at a job hunting.
All You Have Is Your Health
We don’t appreciate it when we have it. Unfortunately, college years is the most stressful period for young people. Cramming, sleepless nights, anxiety, and poor nutrition have disastrous consequences for your health. Luckily, you can avoid them. Just take care of yourself. Otherwise, no one will.
These were my tips for all freshmen. Keep calm and enjoy your student life!