4 Things To Do During Your First Semester

Being a freshman can be overwhelming, just look at all the assignments you need to complete! But there are a few things that you should do as soon as possible. This will make the rest of your years in college more enjoyable. Here’s my list of things you should do during your first semester at college.

1. Find a cozy study spot

The library can get noisy, especially on a Sunday when everyone is trying to finish their homework a day before its due (been there, done that). But the library still has various spots that are quiet hideaways perfect for when you want to get away from the crowd. Take some time during your first few weeks to really explore the library and see which hidden spots you could go to regularly. Maybe you would like studying among the ancient artifacts in the basement? Or sitting next to the hefty books in the Fine Arts section is your thing! Maybe the top floor has a spectacular view of the entire campus? Having a go-to spot can make life (and homework) so much easier.

Photo by Purva Idulkar

2. Have a lazy-day outfit

When your schedule is packed with one class after another getting dressed every day can seem like a chore. While black leggings are comfortable, changing up your outfit a little bit can put you in a positive mood. So, at the beginning of the semester, you can have an outfit picked out and ready for days when you just don’t have time. Want a cute but stylish outfit idea? Just pair your black leggings with a white tee and a denim jacket! 

3. Think of some 5-minute lunches

As the school year progresses you will spend more and more time on campus. But just because you’re working hard doesn’t mean you should stop taking care of yourself. When at school, we’re sometimes tempted to eat fast food just because it’s convenient. But in the long run that’s not good for your health (or your bank account!) So, think of a couple of meals that only take 5 minutes to make and don’t require a lot of ingredients. Making a fruit smoothie only takes a couple of minutes but it can be a really delicious and filling lunch.

Photo by Purva Indulkar4. Make time for your loved ones

You might be living on your own for the first time, away from your friends or family. Maybe you’ve moved to a different state or country where the culture, food and weather is completely different. In the first few weeks of college you will meet a lot of people – some of them will be friends for life, but others will be with you for a short time. During this crazy period, don’t forget to stay in touch with people from back home. You could designate a day or time of the week when you could video call with your friends. Or you can mark a day of the month when you call your parents or check up on your grandparents. No matter how busy life gets, it’s important for your mental health to spend time with people you love. 


All photos by Purva Indulkar.