Going off to college can be an exciting and scary experience. I have learned many things that I wish I had known as a freshman in college. Here are a few tips for college students, whether you are going to the local college or moving to a different state. Everything written is my personal opinion as a current college senior.
10 Tips For College Students- Things You Need To Know
Take advantage of the diverse courses offered and explore different subjects. It’s a great way to discover new interests and broaden your knowledge. You will also be busy joining clubs, organizations, or student groups that align with your interests. Don’t forget to prioritize self-care and mental health. College life can be challenging, so it’s essential to take breaks, relax, and seek support when needed. Here are some tips for college students to help them succeed academically and make the most out of their college experience:
General Studies Courses
General studies courses are lower level mandatory classes. There are many different options to choose from so choose wisely! Take these classes first. Even if you believe you know what degree you want you should still take these classes first and take them seriously. Introductory classes are a great way to explore different majors and subjects. If you wait until your senior year to finish these classes, you will more than likely not appreciate them as much. Take it from me, I am a senior and I am waiting until the last semester to finish one general studies course when I have already completed one major!
I remember making my first college schedule and believing that I would rather have all 8:30am classes so I would have the rest of the day to do whatever I wanted. Nope, and four years later I still avoid anything before 11am! Make a schedule that best fits you and do not base your schedule off of your roommate’s schedule. Deciding to not go to class because it is 8:30am is a lot easier than you think! Plus, you will have plenty of time to hang out with friends and go to school events. These next four years are about you earning an education so make a schedule that will help you do so. It is often a smart money management choice too which results in less worries and hassles for you.
Living on Campus
I highly suggest living on campus, if you can, at least for your freshman year. You will meet so many new people and you will be right in the middle of everything and anything happening on campus. It also makes it easier to go to class or anywhere else on campus. Living with someone you do not know can sound scary at first, but it is such a great life experience to have. It is true when they say you will meet some of your life long friends in college.
Take advantage of the short time you have at orientation. This is a perfect time to talk one-on-one with students who currently go to the college and who will be going. You will more than likely make your first class schedule at orientation too so remember what I said earlier! Make friends at orientation, it is a great feeling going to college and already knowing a few people.
If you are about to go off to college you have probably already heard an earful from your parents that you better keep your grades up. Well, they are right! You are going to college for a reason and that reason should be to earn an education that will further you in your career of choice. Of course you can have fun it’s college, but do not let that distract you from your goals and priorities.
Develop good time management skills to balance academic and social activities. Use planners or apps to organize your schedule.
Experiment with different study tips to find what works best for you. This may include creating study schedules, using flashcards, or joining study groups.
School Services and Activities
Your school has a lot to offer! Many colleges offer assistance for just about anything. They can help you find an internship or help you put your essay into MLA format. If you having a difficult time figuring out a path to go down, there are also people who can help you figure what you may want to do as a career. It is important as a college student to get involved in something. There will be a ton of different organizations on campus filled with people who have similar interests as you!
Budget wisely and manage your finances responsibly. This includes understanding your expenses, exploring scholarships, and being mindful of spending.
There will be plenty of common pitfalls to avoid for college success and tough decisions to make while you are attending college, whether you live on or off of campus. One big decision students have to face is declaring a major. That is why I suggest taking those introductory classes first. Get your feet wet before you dive in! What happens if you cannot stand the major you picked? Change it! Do not be afraid to change your major. I changed mine four times and I’m still graduating on time. If you can’t choose between two, do them both or add a couple of minors. The options are endless so do not limit yourself!
Remember that college is not just about academics; it’s also a time for personal growth, exploration, and building lifelong skills. Finding a balance between work and play is key to a fulfilling college experience. I hope these tips for college students help prepare you (or your child if you are a parent preparing for your child to take the leap) for your college journey where you will grow so much as a person. Do you have any other tips for college students?