More advice from another college friend of mine:
Entering college can be one of the biggest changes many of us face in our lives. What’s more, if you’re living away from home, there are even more changes that you’ll have to get adapted to. It’s not like high school where you have your teachers constantly pestering you about deadlines, your parents telling you to study more, and the constant support of your family to ensure you’re living a healthy, balanced lifestyle.
With all that being said, college is the founding point for those of us transitioning from the last stages of our childhood and dependency on others, to an independent adulthood. And it’s not just frightening, it can be exciting, too. As a second-year student, I’ve been through the basic challenges that all college students go through, especially in their first year of attending. So this article is just a little way to give you a few tips on your way to surviving college.
One of the most important things you’ll learn in college won’t be in the structure of your courses or what you’re studying. It’s all to do with who you meet and make links with. Think about it, you’re now on your own, you might be living in a dorm without your family around you, and as great as that might sound to a lot of us, it means that you’re going to have to support yourself from now on.
And believe me, it’s not as easy as it sounds. That’s why, from my point of view, you’re most definitely going to need to surround yourself with people that can help to support you. That doesn’t mean you will rely on these people to help you–that’s definitely not the case with college! The idea is to have a positive environment in which you can juggle the perfect balance between work and play.
1. Dorm Friends
When you’re in a dorm, the first thing you’ll be wondering about is how you’re going to cope with this new way of living. Just remember, everyone else in the dorm is going through the exact same thoughts as you are. You’ll have to find your own routine of sleeping and eating, and it’s a good idea to make sure you eat healthily, but especially enough.
If you find cooking for yourself a struggle, a great idea is to find some friends you can divide the work up with. Maybe you can even share a few recipes. Getting excited about cooking is just one way to ensure you eat the right amount of food and not just junk. You’d be surprised how much diet can affect your ability to study effectively.
What’s more, whenever you’re not on campus, the dorm is where you’re going to be. You want to surround yourself with people who will be quiet when you need to study, but also people who know how to have fun once in a while.
2. Join a Club
I can’t recommend this enough. If you were into clubs in high school then finding a similar one in college shouldn’t be a problem. Most colleges have hundreds to choose from, so even if you’re new to clubs you’re bound to find something that interests you. Clubs aren’t jut good for making new friends with similar interests, but the opportunity for community contribution and of course with that, some added bullet points to your working resume, is definitely going to be rewarding.
3. Study Buddies
Back to the main reason you’re here. Although it might be hard to meet people if you’ve got an especially large class, I seriously recommend plucking up all the courage you have an putting yourself out there. No, I don’t mean be that person that’s always got their hand up to answer the teacher’s question–although you should definitely engage in active discussions in class and ask questions, that’s not really the way to interact on a friendly basis.
What you want to try is introducing yourself to others, no matter how shy you are. Once you find someone or even better, a group of people, that you like, try to get to know them better. It’s no good flitting from person to person without getting to know anyone better. Sit next to them in class on a regular basis. Soon enough you’ll have made new friends who you can potentially do group study with, if you find that’s effective for you.
Though many people choose to study alone, I find my motivation is a lot higher when I’m tackling a task with friends alongside me.
So there you have it, the three basic tips to meeting different varieties of people at college. Remember it’s always good to keep different groups for different purposes; like here you have your boarding mates, fellow hobbyists and study pals. This way you can focus on each aspect of your new college life individually, and practice making that aspect ideal for how you want to live your life.
After all, the greatest thing about entering college is that you now have the power to do just that: live your life the way you want to.
While you’re at it, why not share these three easy tips with your friends on social media? You’re all likely to experience the same new things upon entering college, so go ahead and let them know that you’re all in this together. With this exciting new experience ahead of you, why wouldn’t you want to share it?