New to college and having a rough start? Don’t worry. We’ve all been there before and eventually learned how to navigate through each situation that stumbles in our way. For some, it may take longer than others to figure out how to survive college, but take a deep breath and relax. That’s why I’m here. As a senior at my home university, I’ve had a lot of time to gather up my knowledge and wisdom to help all new incoming students with the best ways to avoid the obstacles of college life and to have a great start to their semester. So pay attention and buckle up because I’m breaking down my guide on how to navigate the ups and downs of college life.
First off, the best way to start the year is by finding all your classes before the first day. Having your class route set is a perfect way to get to class on time and not have to worry about getting lost. Plus it makes a good impression being one of the first to arrive. Another hidden truth college students don’t know until later on is that it’s better to wait before class starts to buy any textbooks, even if it says that it’s required. Wait until you actually hear the professor mention it in class or assign any readings, because most of the time the textbooks aren’t needed. Don’t waste your money until you’re sure that it will be put to good use. Next, parking can be a pain to manage even if you do arrive early. Everyone’s classes are all over the place and with students coming and going as they please, there are many times people get stuck circling the streets. The best way to avoid this is to arrive at school at least twenty minutes earlier than you planned. If you find parking immediately, that’s great and you can adjust your arrival time as you see fit. But if you happen to get stuck, at least you have enough time to scope the area to finally find a spot.
College can be tough, but it can also be the best time of your life. Attend social events whenever you can, as I’ve learned that’s one of the best ways to make fast friends. Get involved and don’t be afraid to try new things or go out by yourself because there’s always someone new to meet wherever you go. Lastly, don’t let yourself fall behind due to the hype of being independent and in college. Schoolwork still comes first and if you get your assignments done early then you have more time to discover all the fun stuff that comes along with it. Have fun in college and don’t worry if you’re not adjusting right away, new things take time and I promise if you give yourself enough of it these next four years will be the best years of your life.