Heading To A New College Environment – 4 Insights For You
When it’s time to attend college, we can all feel a little worried. This might be the first time you’ve properly left home to fend for yourself, and when there are many social pressures and schedule decisions to make, this can feel quite overwhelming. However this is also a time of great change and excitement, and it should serve as something you truly enjoy through and through. Thankfully, heading to a new college environment is nothing to fear if you’re open for advice from people who’ve already attended that process.
As such, we hope to lend you new insights to help calm your nerves, help you settle, and become your best self at the university of your choice. Consider our humble advice:
It’s very important to seize each and every opportunity you can, provided it doesn’t overly cut into your usual responsibilities. College is not only a time to learn and study the materials of your course, but to try and make connections, to accept placements, and to put yourself forward for programs. This might be in the sporting world, in a year abroad placement, or in a completely different type of potential. It might be your lecturer likes you and your work, and asks you to help them in a project of their own personal making, verified by the university. No matter what opportunity comes knocking on your door, greeting it with a smile and a willingness to work hard can help you tremendously in the future.
Seizing opportunities is essential in order to be your best self. Coming away from college with a degree is one thing, but coming away with a degree and plenty of life experience, connections crafted and knowledge of your chosen industry is quite another. It is this second person who will gain the most potential after their course is done, with potentially little pause between graduating and being offered some form of employment. Seize opportunities, not only for what they could result in, but for the experience you may gain. You may not have a chance to experiment with so many new opportunities like this, so be sure to make the most of them.
When heading to college, you’re going to be very tempted to party all the time. Your live-in roommates or flatmates will likely try and get you out, especially in the early days of each year. Of course, you should party if that’s your thing. You are allowed to have fun at college. Remember, it’s a new experience, and this can serve as one of the social opportunities you take advantage of. Just remember to look after yourself and to be safe. However, remember the real reason you are there. You are investing in your future.
You are doing so at the expense of potential long-term debt. That can be a problem if you’re not careful. So be careful! Remember to keep a balance of your social and personal lives, and always ensure your personal, educational life always takes precedence before you party. Consider partying as something to earn, not something to take as granted.
Making Things Easier
It’s possible to make things easier for yourself while in college. Commit to a schedule, including when you study, when you meal prep for the week, and when you do your laundry. Try to arrange schedules for your roommates to share the load of cleaning, as this helps you all live in a comfortable and pleasant atmosphere. Learn how to destress through meditation, heading to the gym, and simply taking the time to sleep well.
Consider purchasing educational support materials, such as talking to people going through a similar course online, further reading, building a positive relationship with your lecturer, and perhaps buy dissertations to use as inspiration and positive examples for creating your own work. All this can benefit you and your confidence as you slowly begin to thrive and become more comfortable in your new college life. To put things simply, reducing the difficulty of college life in no way lessens its value for you, and can help you squeeze much more out of it.
Learn History & Pride
Some people might love rooting for their university and representing their time there, others might feel that this is a cringe-inducing activity to partake in. No matter where you fall on that spectrum, learning a little history of the college you attend, the city or town its in, and feeling proud to be part of that place can help you feel grateful for attending this environment, and help you reflect on this time with fondness.
With these tips, heading to a new college environment is sure to be a worthwhile experience.