By now you’ve likely settled into your new college home. Either you are stressed out, or having a ball (maybe you’re both). If you are stressed out, don’t worry because it will get better in time.
So whether you’ve gone away, or living at home and commuting, there are certain things you should have accomplished by now, which would be 30 days! I look back on my time as an undergrad, and there are somethings I wish I had done after the first month of my freshman year. So after reflecting, I’ve decided that you probably should have done the following:
- connected with your professors (I’m talking about visiting them during their office hours)
- made at least one good, reliable friend
- networked with at least one classmate from all your classes whom you can rely on for notes in case you have to miss a class. You should return the favor, of course!
- found your ideal study place (mine was the library). FYI, it should not be your bed!
- played tourist in your new home (this applies to those who’ve left home for college)
- joined at least two clubs
- found a cool restaurant to go to on a weekly basis
- know your way around campus, especially where all the important offices are
- picked out one day of the week that is a “you day”, in other words a day dedicated to you, free from school work of any kind. Mine was Sunday!
- checked out the Greek scene (no worries if you haven’t joined one)
If you haven’t completed all of the above, that’s okay. But you should have achieved at least five – I did! The purpose of this checklist is to make things easier on yourself when the demands of college increase – and they will! College is supposed to be one of the most memorable experiences of your life, so it’s important to learn from those that have already been down this road. So all the best the rest of the way! Learn lots but at the same time enjoy the ride!