Have you just graduated from High School and have plans to enter college in the fall? Congratulations are definitely in order for your hard work, self-discipline and ability to set and meet goals. This is an exciting time full of celebrations yet no doubt coupled with a bit of anxiety. Your family, teachers and peers are all congratulating you and wishing you well this fall. It’s a period of huge change. Leaving the school where you’ve developed friendships and memories over the years, leaving home for an area most likely unknown to you and embarking on a rigorous degree program. Follow these recommendations from the college admissions counselors to ensure your first semester in college is a huge success.
The summer will no doubt be spent making lists and packing for your first semester. If you’ve been matched with a roommate, reach out to him or her to begin establishing a relationship and determine who will be bring what shared items to the dorm such as a microwave or rug.
Because the volume of information for each college course is substantially higher than high school courses, falling behind or missing class can be dangerous. Commit to meeting each of your professors during their office hours the first week of school to simply introduce yourself. If you do run into difficulties with the material and need assistance, you’ll be much more comfortable reaching out to them if you’ve already established a rapport.
Take these next four years to explore different classes, groups and organizations that are unfamiliar to you. College is a wonderful opportunity to experience new things and new people. Remind yourself that the friends you chose are a reflection of who you are. Choose your friends wisely. Take advantage of the great deals offered by Groupon coupons and commitment to staying in top physical shape by joining one of the many 24HourFitness facilities on or near campus.
Finally, stay in contact with your support system back home. They’re anxious to hear about your experiences and the new life you’re building for yourself. They were no doubt instrumental in helping you with your journey through high school that enabled you to attend the university. Best of luck to you for a successful freshman year!