This summer, their team sent a unique handwritten note along with the packages to every order that is purchased for a college freshman.
“On the note, our team members, who are graduates from universities of all over the U.S, have included a nice piece of advice for our customers. The notes have advice that we wish we would have known when we started our freshman year. Here are a few of our favorite pieces of advice…”
Whether leaving your hometown or attending a local university, the thought of starting college can be exciting and terrifying. After triumphantly departing high school just months ago as a highly respected senior, you once again find yourself a novice once more, and in a much bigger world.
As you start your life over in a completely different setting, you are bound to have many new experiences that will shape you as an individual.
Throughout this journey, consider the following pieces of advice to ensure success and balance in your life.
While classes in college will not be as closely monitored as they were in high school, it is still important to attend every class and aim for perfect attendance. By going to class daily, you will contribute to useful discussions, get to know your instructor and also meet new people who can potentially be useful as study partners. Good attendance is also beneficial in the event of pop quizzes!
Remember that your professors may one day be writing a letter of recommendation for you. You will want to make a good, lasting impression, which starts with classroom courtesy. Always have your phone turned off or silenced in class.
When signing up for classes, design your schedule to attend classes when you are the most motivated and productive. If you are not particularly a morning person, you might be setting yourself up for failure if you register for College Algebra at 7 a.m.
Now is the best time to develop your people skills and get to know people. Force yourself to get out there and make friends and acquaintances. Learn throughout your experiences how to express yourself and how to approach conflict. Having roommates will serve as excellent practice for this!
Realize that a new environment and a huge life transition will take some serious adjusting. Make sure you’re making time to call home and catch up with your old friends. It’s a good idea to schedule a set time each way (or day) to do this.
Unfortunately, the Freshman Fifteen is no myth. With stress and involvement with classes and clubs, caloric responsibility can easily be neglected. Be sure to continue to eat your fruits and vegetables. Make time to be active and try to limit your fast food to once a week.
Get a feel of your class load before you start looking for a job. Even if you are only taking your gen eds, balancing study and social life may be all you need in your first semester of college. Gauge how much you can handle; only you can truly determine that for yourself.
Even though you’re just getting started, it is never too early to attend career fairs and get started on your resume (you can always modify it throughout the years). Seek out professional acquaintances by applying for internships. Explore the possibilities of what your future can offer.
On the topic of professional acquaintances, professors can become useful connections as you begin to pursue your chosen career. Be sure to take advantage of office hours, whether it’s for clarification on an assignment or if you simply want to discuss your career path with them.
College itself is a journey to self discovery. Use this opportunity to learn more about yourself and your interests. Get out and socialize more and join clubs! Get involved with school events! The more you’re willing to try, the more those experiences will reveal about who you are. Your life is just beginning; create your foundation!
Freshman year is a huge transition for most students…Know that everyone goes through major ups and downs, and use these tips to make the most of your first year in college. We hope this will make the transition a little bit easier for you!
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