College is an exciting time for young people. Most are on their own for the first time, and many move far away from home. That can make the transition difficult, but there are some tips to follow to make things go more smoothly. Make sure you’re prepared for your first big strike out on your own.
Put School First
When you were in high school, you had your parents around to remind you to do your homework, and to get on your case about studying for tests, but in college, it’s up to you to take responsibility. Which is why it’s important to make school your No. 1 priority. Plan out your week day by day, and make sure you do all studying and other work first before you do any other activities, such as jobs and extracurricular activities.
While it’s important to focus on your classwork, it’s also a good idea to get involved on campus. Joining a club or organization related to your major can be a good resume booster later on, but it’s also a good way to meet people and make friends on campus, which is important, especially if you have gone to school far away from home.
Leave Home Behind
Unless you are going to a university near your home where many of your friends are going, it’s going to be hard to keep up with relationships. Social media makes things easier, but it’s no substitute for being there in person. While you don’t have to sever relationships totally, it’s important to set new boundaries, especially for a boyfriend or girlfriend. You also don’t want to bring along lots of mementos, such as high school yearbooks, that will make it hard to break away.
Choose Good Living Arrangements
One of the biggest changes involved with transitioning to college is likely to be living on your own. Many colleges require freshmen to live on campus if they don’t live with a relative, which makes the transition somewhat easier. A good idea might be to let the school pick a roommate for you, because if you share a dorm room with a friend, it could end up ruining the relationship. According to Renters Guide, if you are allowed to live off campus, it’s a good idea to find a Mt. Pleasant apartment for rent relatively close to school. It’s also a good idea to live by yourself if you can afford it, because there will be fewer distractions.
College is a big step in life, and it will go more smoothly if you follow these tips.