Students coming from small towns may find it hard to adjust to live on a college campus. For one thing, in high school, they probably everyone they went to school with, but going to college is different, and it can be difficult or even nerve-wracking, particularly as you try to fit in, make friends and learn your way around
It can be hard adjusting to new people in a new setting. Many new students tend to feel homesick or begin to miss their friends from high school. However, nine times out of 10 there is more than one student who is going through the same thing. College is an amazing experience that will flash before your eyes! In order to help you begin your adventure, here are a few tips for you to follow.
• Go out and explore the campus! Sure, you probably did a tour during orientation but now you have the ability to take your time and meet new people (other than your roommate). As mentioned earlier, more than likely you aren’t the only student who is homesick or miss their parents, which means you can meet someone who might need help with being homesick.
If you explore the campus, you can join some clubs or organizations which could also lead you to meet new people. College is all about starting new relationships and creating a lot of memories! Most clubs and organizations tend to make sure that you’re as comfortable as possible because they know what it’s like coming in as freshman.
• Go to your classes! For students who never skipped class in high school, college is the place where they will likely dodge a class for the first time in their life. As wonderful as it sounds to be able to decide on whether or not you go to class, don’t do it. If you don’t go to classes, you’ll be missing information that you may need for a test or quiz; this is when the friends that you have met come in handy if they are in the same class as you. The big reason for not skipping is because while your professor is being paid to be in the class, you’re actually paying to be there. Students don’t realize how much money is being wasted when they skip classes. If you research how much money you are spending PER credit, most universities and colleges have a minimum of $100 per credit; which means you’re wasting at least $300 for that one class you skipped.
Depending on the class, some professors may decide not to take attendance but that may be a setup of some sort. Whenever a professor would say they don’t take attendance it means there’s a possibility that they’re going to give pop quizzes throughout the semester; basically the attendance sheet. Skipping classes is something that may seem fun but it might not be the best thing to do.
• Don’t forget to eat. One of the most important tips is very simple, yet can be something you forget to do. Eating is essential, especially when you are on the go for classes; however, sometimes it’s hard to remember to eat because of all the activities that go on during the day. If you don’t eat, it will be hard for you to be as active as you may want to be. Some of the many ways to make sure you get the nutrition you need include eating in between classes or even during classes. Most professors — except those in labs — normally don’t have a problem with their students eating during their lectures as long as it’s not disruptive.
Since breakfast is the most important meal of the day, try eating a big breakfast before your classes, that way if your classes are back-to-back you’ll have something on your stomach, tiding you over until a bigger meal is possible. If you are going to do that, make sure you still pack a few snacks that will help you keep your energy up, such as a granola bar. Not only do you need to eat right, but you need to remember to drink plenty of water.
• And, don’t forget to have fun! You’re supposed to go to college to get a really good education but you’re also there to have the time of your life. It might become a little bit stressful, especially during finals, but it’ll be OK because by that time you’ll be a pro at balancing everything in order to prepare for your exam.
These next four years will be the fastest time has ever moved for you. Don’t be scared or nervous about being on your own because the friends you’ll make will, more than likely, be looking out for your health and well-being more than you will be for yourself.
Have fun at college and make good choices!
Indyah Bryant is a rising ???? at Meredith College who is interning with the Independent this summer.