Getting Started at College
Congratulations you’ve made it! You are a college student and have taken the first step into adulthood. But what do you actually need to know when you arrive at college? We are here to guide you along all the rough terrain of life, from natural sleep to cleaning out your fridge. These are just a few small tips to make your transition into school easy and simple.
Get to know other students in advance.
Connecting with other students before you get on campus is a lifesaver, especially if you are moving away for school. Look on Facebook for groups of people going to your school. You can even check out local groups or fan pages in your area who share similar interests as you.
If you find any groups then get in touch with people in your classes. It will be nice to have a familiar face when you go on campus!
Buy/rent your textbooks before you arrive.
When everyone rushes to the bookstore for their textbooks the first couple weeks of school you could spend hours in line waiting to buy overly priced books. Before you even set a foot on campus and take your coursebook list online and buy/rent from your school, Amazon.com, Chegg.com, or Bookrenter.com. This same rule applies to ordering your parking pass, student id, and mini-fridge rental. The sooner you get it done the less lines you’ll have to wait in,
Find all of your classrooms in advance.
Nothing is worse than being lost on campus or walking into class late on the first day. To avoid embarrassing and stressful moments like that go around campus before classes start and map our where all your classes are. This will help you get your bearings and keep calm your first day.
Take part in activities.
If your school offers a few days filled with games and activities then join in! The first week is designed to help you meet other students and get to know what is on campus. During the first couple weeks there may be information booths and activities to inform you of clubs and campus sports. Look into Scout, Greek, drama, clubs, and sport opportunities if those interest you.
Talk to your academic advisor and your R.A.
If you ever have any questions go to your academic advisor or counselor (they help you with your course load and other academic concerns) and your resident advisor (an older student who helps with college life and questions). They are there to help you in any situation you are confused or concerned with and are trained to give you support.
The first month may be a little scary but you will get used to it. Remember to stay calm and rely on your friends and family. You aren’t on your own. We promise you that all your other classmates are just as nervous and uncomfortable, they will make the perfect friends.