How To Slay Your First Semester In College

Starting college is crazy! It’s such a wild time in life where you get to start figuring things out for yourself. Here are some tips and tricks to slay your first semester in college.

 

Do things you’ve never done before.

Now is the time to try new things! Be open-minded and take as many opportunities as you can. There is a good chance that your favorite thing about college will not be what you expected it to be. Try new things and be open to finding new passions. You’ll be surprised with what sparks your interest!

 

Get involved on campus!

Join clubs! It’s a great way to open yourself up to new opportunities and meet new people. Joining the Her Campus chapter at MMC is definitely one of the best decisions I’ve made in college so far. I have had so much fun, and I have met some really cool people!

 

Know Your Priorities!

Know why you are in college in the first place. This one may seem obvious, but you’d be surprised to find out that not everyone is here for the same reasons. Know what you want out of your experience. Are you here to learn? To party? To make friends? I’m not saying you can’t have all of those things, it's just important to know which you care about the most. Once you have your priorities straight, make friends with people who have the same priorities as you.

 

Don’t Limit Your Friend Group To Just Your Roommates.

 It’s always a dream to be BFF’s with your first college roommates, but don't let that stop you from making friends outside of your dorm room. Chances are, after living in such tight quarters with a group of other people, they may get on your nerves from time to time. It’s important that you have other friends to hang out with when you need some time away from your roomies.

 

Have a planner!

Schedule and priorities using a planner. Trust me, it will save your life! When you get your syllabi the first week of classes, go through your planner and write down all your due dates and any other important dates that are on the syllabus calendar.

Get on your professor's good side!

Professors have a lot of power, so you want to be on their good side to ensure they will use their power to your advantage. Make a point to introduce yourself, personally thank them after class, and (Super Important!) when you email them, make sure your email is very professional!

 

College is a rollercoaster, but it’s a great one, so enjoy the ride!