This is the time of year that college classes resume. If you are a freshman I know that you are excited and ready to go. I can’t believe it’s been 11 years since I was a college freshman. I know that you are ready to get to college and explore. Here are a few tips to help you out for the first couple of weeks.
Talk to your roommate(s)
Make sure you get to know your roommate and establish rules if you need to. An example of a rule can be who cleans the bathroom that week.
Learn the campus
Make sure you learn your campus. Important places that you should locate are the library, the cafeteria, the financial aid office, the gym and the locations of your classes.
Get your textbooks
Talk with your professors to see what textbooks you will need for your classes.
Meet new people
Talk to people that stay in your dorm. Talk to your classmates. College is the best time of your life. Enjoy that time with new people.
Know your RA
An RA is a resident assistant. Their job is to make sure that you are following the rules of the dorm. They also help with institutional questions as well. They are there to help you.
Keep in contact with your Peer Counselor (PC)
During orientation some universities have students called peer counselors show the students around and answer questions. Keep in contact with them. They can help your first couple of months in college go a lot smoother.
Schedule some study time
There will be a lot of things going on the first few weeks. Make sure you take some time to study for your classes. You don’t want to be that student who gets all F’s their first semester. Unfortunately I have seen that happen. Don’t let that be you.
These are just a few tips to help out college freshmen. Can you think of any others?