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College. The beginning of a journey that can set the course for the rest of your life. Sounds scary, right? Well I’m here to tell you, don’t be scared. College is the best four years of your life as most would say. Accept the challenge with open arms!
Leaving your parents’ home for the first time, meeting a bunch of new friends, and diving into a world of fresh knowledge and education. What a way to start a new chapter in life! If you’re slightly worried or scared, that’s completely normal. So is everyone else.
1. Skipping class is no longer cool
Always go to class. You’re paying for this education, and college is not cheap! At the beginning of each term calculate how much each class is so you know how expensive every single class is.
2. Music is your best study buddy
You'll thank us later that. Create a killer homework/study playlist.
3. Group study sessions can be successful
If they're done right, they work pretty well. Choose a public spot and not too comfortable. The library is now where all the cool kids hangout.
4. Start fresh
A simple play on words that means so many things: girlfriends/boyfriends, old friends, your fears, your concerns, your worries. Think of college as a fresh start.
5. Party smart
All night racers and Thirsty Thursdays will catch up with you.
6. Splurge on a good pair of rain boots
Wet socks is quite possibly the worst feeling during any class. If you walk your campus, you'll want some waterproof boots.
7. Be open to meeting new people
You're going to find your friend group sooner or later. Don’t cling to the your old high school buddies that might attend your school. Branch out and tap into new circles.
8. Get Involved
Get on campus, volunteer, visit campus buildings, explore, talk, get out of your comfort zone. College is the time to give everything a shot.
9. Back up your files like it’s going out of style
Get in a regular pattern of backing up all of your files to either Google Drive or an external hard drive. Don’t let all of your hard work on assignments disappear.
10. Be a good roommate
Be the roommate you wish to be. Good random roommates can be tough to find. Establish rules and respect. Not all roommates are bad.
11. Don't eat too much fast food
It's not the gateway to the freshman 15, but it certainly plays a part. Convenience is not always the best option.
12. Rent textbooks You’ll quickly find out that textbook are one of the most overpriced items of college. Some classes require that you buy the textbook to only use a few pages the entire class. Rent by the week and only pay for what you need from a trusted site like iflipd.com.
13. Call home
Remember who helped you get to where you are. Pick up your cell phone and call home. Even if it's once every 2 weeks or so. But they deserve to know how you're doing periodically.
14. Live on campus
On campus residence halls are more social than apartments. You’ll be involved in a lot more cool things that people in your exact same situation are experiencing.
15. Stay active
Run, walk, take a general ed physical class. Invest in a fitness tracking watch. Stay active with your mind and body to relieve some of that college student stress.
16. Pick up good study habits.
Start now and they'll stay with you throughout your college career. Find a place that gets you in the zone, like a coffeehouse, or special study room.
17. Flip-flips in the bathroom
18. Take your notes seriously
Find a note-taking system that works well for you, and focus on learning rather than simply recording the information.
19. Capitalize on free resources
Find out what resources your school offers. Many universities have free tech support centers, health centers, seminars, counselors, and more.
20. Enjoy your campus
The memories will never leave you. Walk around aimlessly from time to time and take it all in. Have fun, stay out late, work hard and enjoy the journey.