You’ve finished high school and successfully graduated into adulthood. Congratulations! Now, college awaits you. You probably have a ton of expectations and ideas about what your campus life will be like. Entering a new stage of life is both scary and exciting, so here is a short list of things you absolutely must do to get a full college experience.
1.You MUST get a planner.
I know, you’re probably sick of hearing about time management. The reason you are told about it so often is because it is essential for your future. If you think keeping track of everything in college is hard, imagine yourself having a full-time job, a family, and a social life. It will get crazy, so practice now while there’s less at stake. Hopefully by the time you graduate, you’ll become a time management ninja capable of handling multiple commitments at once and finding free time to relax.
Having fun and making mistakes is important. You don’t have to become perfect at once, just make a first step towards becoming organized – get yourself a planner.
2.You MUST challenge yourself
You might think that leaving your family behind is challenging as it is. After all, you’re on your own, and there are so many things about the world you need to figure out. Well, you won’t do it by sitting in your room and moping. Find out who you are by trying new things, getting involved in exciting activities, and using all the opportunities that college life provides. Don’t endanger yourself, of course, but otherwise, the world is your oyster.
3.You MUST accept help
No one in the history of the world has ever figured everything out by themselves. You’ll probably be tremendously confused at the beginning. Good news is you’re not the first and definitely not the last. Thousands of young people start college every year, and they all have issues with paperwork, miss submission deadlines, and get lost on campus. This is why colleges have a full blown support system for freshmen. Resident assistants, advisors, and professors are all ready and willing to answer newbie questions and help out. Just don’t be afraid to ask.
4.You MUST think about your future career
By this, I don’t mean declaring a major on your first day and taking only those classes that are deemed necessary. No 18-year-old should be forced to decide what they want to do for the rest of their lives. Take some time to explore your options. Even if you already have a dream job in mind, take several courses that simply seem peculiar. You might be surprised by what you end up enjoying. Even if you decide to change majors later, it’s not a big deal. Most students do it at least once.
5.You MUST enjoy yourself
This one is self-explanatory, isn’t it? Be responsible, but don’t forget to have fun. Aim to create some truly extraordinary memories!
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