Graduate Sense: Ideas to Help College Freshman Adjust

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  • College is one of the best times in a young person’s life. Traditionally, college bound students leave home for a dorm room full of people that have the potential of becoming close friends. Students become scholars, and learn to live life with limited supervision. This is when most get their first taste of real freedom, and learn how to live on their own. When beginning a college career, there are a few things you can do to make the transition easier, and to make your time at college more successful.

    Make a Schedule and Stick to It

    Many freshman are overwhelmed with the activities, organizations, and social events available to them during their first few weeks of classes. One mistake many freshman make is letting social engagements overshadow their educational pursuits. To be a more successful student, make yourself a schedule that includes both class times, and time set aside for studying so that you are aware of what activities you can fit into your schedule. If you’re getting a job to help pay for tuition, make sure you set enough time aside for traveling and study so you can keep up with all your daily events. Create a budget as well so you can keep track of what you’re spending on, and saving each month.

    Find New Friends

    When you arrive at college you will be surrounded by new people. Don’t be afraid to step outside of your comfort zone and say hello. Isolating yourself at the beginning of your college experience can make it harder to succeed later on. Find friends that enjoy the same activities as you, and hold each other accountable for class work. Find ways to stay involved in your college, club or job.

    Eat Healthy and Exercise

    As a college freshman, it’s normal to gain weight. But if you make smart food choices and exercise regularly, you can avoid the freshman fifteen. ChooseMyPlate.gov is an excellent resource for finding the perfect balance to your diet. Many universities also offer students a gym. Most likely, you are paying for a membership in your student fees, so make sure you take advantage of it!

    A student’s freshman year of college is a year-long experience that can make or break your entire college career. You will have the opportunity to meet new people, attend social gatherings, and make memories that will last a lifetime. Take advantage of these opportunities and have fun, but don’t forget the reason you’re there: to learn. Balance your schedule, put yourself out there, and make sure you’re making healthy choices for a successful journey.

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