Beginning your first year of college can be a daunting idea––especially in the midst of a global pandemic. However, there is no need to worry, because you are not alone in navigating this new way of life. Here are a few tips for you to have your best first year (coming from an incoming junior!)
- BE OPEN-MINDED
This tip is extremely important in breaking you out of your comfort zone. Don’t be afraid to meet new people or take up a new hobby! You are in a completely new environment, so naturally there will be a lot of changes––try to embrace them.
- GET INVOLVED
Signing up for clubs and campus activities is a great way to meet new friends and gain new life experiences. You may even find something new that you love!
- ASK QUESTIONS
There are many great resources on campus for you to take advantage of. Don’t be afraid to reach out to your professors, RA, or your roommate! Every upperclassman has been in your position and would be more than happy to answer any questions you may have.
- TIME MANAGEMENT
Learn to manage your time so you can have fun with new friends and still maintain your grades. Get a planner to help you stay organized and focused.
- TAKE TIME FOR YOURSELF
Self-care is extremely important and will allow you to unwind and settle into your new space. This can include exercising, meditating, journaling, or whatever works best for you. Take some time to explore the campus and surrounding area, so you can become comfortable in your surroundings. School can be an overwhelming experience at times, and it’s okay if you miss home or you are struggling with adjusting to college life.
- CAMPUS RESOURCES
Use as many of the resources the university has to offer! This may include health services (i.e. a doctor or therapist), the gym, writing center, career services, and more! All of these wonderful resources are included in your tuition and are designed to help students like you.
- BE YOURSELF
Don’t get down on yourself if you don’t make 30 friends within your first week. Let the relationships happen naturally with people you meet in class or on your floor. Remember to stay positive and have fun!