Heading to college this fall? I bet you can’t wait! And I bet you’re anxious to see yourself like this young lady in four years. It’s a great journey, and will be the best four years of your life. But don’t get too excited, because it’s hard work as well. I still remember my college years, and since my stories take place in college, I’d like to share some tips on how to survive the next four years of life.
I could write a book about this, but I will stick to the most important things you need to know.
- Choose wisely. A phrase which appears in my novel, which will help you throughout college. You need to choose the following with care: your classes; your class schedule; when and where you study; your major; your living arrangements; your study buddies. The list goes on.
- Your professors. They’re not going to remind you about deadlines. If you don’t care about your education, neither will they. They’re there to help, but it’s up to you to approach them for help. FYI, Do go to your professors for help, and introduce yourself to them during the first week of classes.
- Study a little bit every day. This will make things easier for you when deadlines suddenly begin to pile up, and believe me they will pile up!
- Watch how much you party. Don’t overdo it, especially if you have an 8am class the next morning. Balancing school work and a social life is one of the hardest things a college student has to do. But in the end, you need to ask yourself which in the long run is more important to you.
- Invest in a planner, and write down all the important deadlines for your courses. This way, you will know what’s coming up each week. Again, no one else will remind you, and you don’t want to suddenly discover you have a four-page essay due the next day – and you haven’t even started it yet!
- Take at least one day off during the week. By this I mean, a day that’s for you so you can recharge – no school work or studying. I suggest taking Sundays off.
- Don’t get a part-time job in college, unless you really need the money. Having a part-time job leaves you with less time to study.
- You’re not in high school anymore. You’ve probably heard this already, and you’ll hear plenty of more times. What you did or who you were doesn’t matter in college. Don’t let the fact that you were student council president think that you’re better than those in college. This is a great way to make the upperclassmen turn their noses up at you.
So I wish you all the very best as you begin your new life in college. Work hard, but do enjoy all the social events that come with it.