Preparing to embark on your college career? It is a big change from high school with less structure, more freedom, and greater responsibility. You become your own business, in a sense. You are the President and CEO of your experience. It’s an amazing time for self-discovery and growth, but it can be an adjustment. Here are some tips to help you make a smooth transition.
Essential Tips for College Students
- Prepare yourself for the challenges ahead. Read, read, and then read some more. Brush up on your communication, time management, and technical skills.
- Take care of your health. This may seem obvious, but I’m saying it anyway. Burn outs and other mishaps do happen. Remember to get enough sleep. Find constructive ways to manage your stress. Watch your diet, drink water and exercise. Don’t impair your judgment. Watch your caffeine intake. Know your limits. Always use protection. All things you’ve probably heard over and over, but all important.
- Be safe! Get to know your campus. Lock your things up, protect your privacy, and don’t go out alone. Many schools offer walking escorts. Know where emergency telephones and public safety are. Basically, use your common sense and trust your gut. More safety tips.
- Be smart about money. Know how much money you have available to you and your expenses create a budget. Avoid using credit cards as much as possible. You are steering your own financial future, do not let yourself get into unnecessary debt. Save money with student discounts (see below for details). More financial tips.
- Make the most out of resources. In the excitement of starting college, you may not even think about all the resources that are available to you for free. These can make your college life easier and more productive. Many schools offer free tutoring, academic advisors, career resource departments, crisis centers, and much more. Be sure to know what your school offers and take advantage of those services as you need them.
- Make an impression. Go to orientation. Attend your classes. Meet your professors, go to office hours. Get involved on campus. Make the most out of your college experience by actively being part of it.