Finding your way around during your first year of college can be a nightmare and, with everything that has happened over the last year, it can be even more intimidating than ever to start this new chapter in your life. On that note, here are our top tips to help you survive your freshman year in college.
Get Your Finances in Order Early
Paying college fees and having the funds to pay for accommodation and living expenses is going to put a huge dent in your finances. This is where loans for students come in. Private lenders offer student loans that give students the opportunity to get educated now and pay later. Explore all financial aid options with your parents and see which one is best based on your circumstances.
Attend All Orientation Sessions
Yes, there are a lot of these to attend, especially if you have already chosen your major and want to know your way around the department. The thing is you don’t want to be that person who is reading a map for the entire of their first semester asking where the X-Hall is when your classmates know how to get there with their eyes closed. Get to know where your classrooms are, where your tutor is based and where your future classes are going to take place before you need to run there for an exam.
Find Your Nearest and Dearest in the Residency Hall
This is more of a common-sense thing but getting to know your roommates and your hallmates in the first week is an essential part of being able to keep up with the busy pace of being a freshman. Should things turn south and you need back up, having the knowledge that someone around has your back is always a big plus when it comes to confidence as well. Do not be afraid to introduce yourself to new people when opportunities come up. Creating a community within your residence hall will help you best utilize student housing options in not only your freshman year, but the years to follow as well.
Level Up Your Organizational Skills
This is one of the biggest on this list because college is like high school except you are let off the chain and you do not have someone floating over your head saying, “have you thought of this assignment?” This means you need your organizational skills to be on-point. Have a calendar to make sure you can keep track of your assignment deadlines. Use color coordinating note patterns to keep the studies for different subjects separate, and if you are planning on attending social activities, make sure they do not conflict with your deadline dates.
It is always a good idea to add a new account to your online calendar and use this for school purposes. You can even integrate this account with your main calendar that you use for personal appointments so there’s no excuse for double booking. Being able to view each category of your life in once place will increase your time management skills and create some calmness in even the busiest of calendars.
Find Your Study Haven
Do you prefer studying in your room, where you have familiar things around you? Or maybe you prefer outside, where you have fresh air and people to poke to answer questions? Do you like being in the library, where it’s quiet, or prefer listening to pounding tunes while you work? Whatever works for you, make sure you find the most suitable studying environment when you arrive on campus.