Your first year of college can be both exciting and intimidating. You will probably experience a lot of changes academically and socially, but every college student has been in your shoes before.
Here’s College Ready AZ’s best advice for a successful freshman year.
Meet Your Roommate
If you’re living on campus, you likely will have a roommate. Your roommate may become a lifelong friend, or they may not. Either way, set yourself up for a successful roommate experience. Before arriving:
Reach out to your roommate to get to know them and discuss your living arrangements.
Have conversations about expectations, pet peeves and habits up-front to help avoid tension and problems once you are living together.
Make the Most of Orientation
Your college orientation will introduce you to life at your new school. During orientation you will learn more about:
Your academic program
Student clubs and services
Learn How to Live on Your Own
Going to college means more freedom, but that also means more responsibility. Before you leave for school, make sure you know how to:
Care for your body - physically, emotionally and mentally.
Maintain a home - doing laundry, cleaning, shopping for groceries, etc.
Manage your finances - balance your bank account, pay bills, etc.
Plan for Academic Success
Being intentional about your coursework and classes is a major part of succeeding in college. At the beginning of each semester:
Create class calendars with due dates and exam days.
Schedule time for studying.
Seek out classmates for team projects and assignments.
Get Out of Your Comfort Zone
You are going to grow and change – that’s one of the best parts of college. It’s the best time to try new things.
Join clubs or try a new sport.
Introduce yourself to someone new.
Try an activity you’ve never done before.
Find a Balance
Both social and academic experiences are valuable to your development.
Don’t focus on your social life so much that you don’t pass your classes.
Don’t miss out on social connections because you are too focused on your coursework.
Explore Different Fields
Unlike high school, in college you can take classes on a wide range of subjects. There is no need to limit yourself to a singular focus.
Take courses from several different disciplines.
Don’t be afraid to change your major if you uncover a new, interesting field.
Identify Campus Resources
College campuses are full of resources to help you succeed. Take note of the services available to you before you need them. These include: