You may be experiencing a mix of anxiety, uncertainty, and excitement. Trust me, I know the feeling. But guess what? You are not alone! This week marks the first week of the Fall semester for many college students.
As a recent grad, I must admit..I’m feeling quite nostalgic. Whether you’re returning to school or you’re an incoming freshman–I’ve got a few college survival tips to help you be successful.
Show up to class
The most common reason why many students fail is owed to not showing up for class. Your professor will likely never take attendance, but don’t let that fool you. Showing up is honestly the easiest way to get an “A.” No matter how hungover or exhausted you may be, just force yourself to be there. You’d be surprised to know how many people end up screwing up their GPA due to missing way too many classes freshmen year (and are still making up for it years later).
Having a support system is essential in college. Look, we all get lonely and homesick from time to time. It’s normal. But you don’t have to go through that storm by yourself. If you don’t know anyone or have trouble making friends, I recommend joining a club or organization on campus. It’s so important to surround yourself with people who share similar goals and mindset as you.
Join a study group
On my first day, my professor told me, “If you’re not seeing any results, find smarter people.” Study groups are everything and are so incredibly helpful. Plus they make college much more fun. Find people who are down to meet up to study for exams, quizzes, catch up on notes, and get coffee with. I promise it will make your life 10x easier.
Enroll in classes that both excite you and scare you
Don’t be afraid to challenge yourself this semester. During my freshmen year, I decided to overcome my fear of speaking in front of large crowds by enrolling in a public speaking course. I can honestly say, taking that one Public Speaking class has undoubtedly contributed to my professional growth and career path.
Get an internship
Internships are the unspoken requirement for students and college grads. Don’t worry about it freshmen year, but definitely make it a priority before you graduate. I can tell you right now that not having any internship experience will make it 10x harder for you to get good jobs after school.
Enjoy the journey
This is a time when personal growth occurs, new friendships emerge, knowledge is learned, and unforgettable experiences are born. I met some of my closest friends in college, including, my boyfriend. You never know what will happen, so just go with the flow and enjoy the time you have. The most important rules to remember: Show up, join a study group, socialize, and never plagiarize. If you follow these simple rules, I guarantee you’ll be successful.