Preparing to Enter College
Living in a new environment outside the familiarity of home can create overwhelming and stressful circumstances. College students will experience a certain amount of stress, but too much stress can be unhealthy and unproductive.
Expect to feel overwhelmed and know that you are not alone. College can be one of the best of times but it can also be one of the most difficult. New friends, new home, new classes, new routineÖexciting and overwhelming at the same time. If you experience feeling of sadness and loneliness, donít worry these feeling are normal and usually pass within the first few months of school. Get involved in campus activities, use social media to help stay connected with your friends and family back home, and form study groups.
Living with others can be challenging. Work through conflicts by regularly communicating with your roommate(s) and setting rules for the room or suite that everyone can agree. You and your roommate donít have to be best friend; the important thing to reminder is to respect one another.
Remember why you are there. Set aside a certain time each day devoted to studying. Studying with other classmates can help you meet people and get better grades. Set realistic goals for yourself. If you feel stressed out, take a break, stretch, exercise, or call a friend. Avoid pulling all-nighters. It can interfere with the quality of your work as well as your mood and attentiveness in other classes.
Sleep is vital!! If you donít get enough sleep, it can affect your class work and grades. Youíll have to work harder to get through assignments and have less energy to enjoy time with friends. Recharge your body by cutting down on caffeinated beverages and getting at least eight hours of sleep each night.
Freshmen will struggle with homesickness whether an half an hour away from home or at a campus across the country. Keep in touch with family and old friends, but be sure to be part of the campus community and make new friends at school. As time passes and the campus feels more comfortable, your homesickness will lessen.
Everyone knows that the average college student is on a tight budget. Fortunately, many restaurants, movie theaters, and museums offer student discounts. Be creative-it is possible to have fun without spending a lot of money. Be careful with credit cards-it is very easy to get into debt, so spend wisely and avoid impulse purchases.
Drinking, for some is part of the college experience. If you are not interested in drinking, there are many other things you can do that donít involve alcohol like having a game night, going to a comedy club,, seeing a movie, or checking out a concert. First and foremost, make sure you are of the legal age to drink. If you decided to drink it is important to be smart and stay safe. Never accept a drink from a stranger, know your limits, and stick with your friends.
At home you have your parents, teachers and coaches to provide you with structure, schedules and timelines for completing homework assignments. College professors may give you all your assignments for the semester on the first day of class! There is an expectation that you manage your time, resources and work effectively.
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