Getting ready to leave for college? Most likely, you’re excited, but also nervous. What if you don’t fit in? What if you can’t keep up? What if you hate your roommate? These are all valid questions that all Freshmen are asking themselves. Thankfully, we’ve compiled a list to help you navigate the treacherous waters of your Freshman year.
This is a possibility. But the majority of college students get along well with their roommates. In fact, 70% of freshman report that they are satisfied with their assigned roommate. So it’s more rare to get a bad roommate than you might think.
Tip: Be easy-going and open to hanging out with them. First impressions are important, so be yourself. Don’t shy away from doing things or going out, especially if they invite you! Say no the first coupe of times and they probably won’t ask again. This is a chance to meet all of their friends and grow your friend circle, so freaking take advantage of it. Otherwise, get used to reading on your Friday night. These first few days are an integral part of forming a bond and relationship with your roommate.
Almost everyone starting school as a freshman feels the exact same way. Even the most “popular” incoming freshman only know a handful of people before arriving on campus, and you can pretty much guarantee that their “clique” will fall apart within the first couple of weeks. Everyone is looking to meet new people, so get yourself out there and don’t be shy.
Tip: Suck it up and take the initiative in introducing yourself, to everyone. The longer you’re with a group of people, the harder and more awkward it becomes to meet someone. So kill the awkwardness and go up to everyone and introduce yourself. Trick to getting people to love you: Remember their name. If you remember someone’s name, especially the second time you see them, they will love you for it. (Read: Six Ways to Remember Someone’s Name)
IT’S OKAY. It’s good to be nervous. Being on your own can be hard. But you’re ready for this. You’ve been looking forward to it for your entire high school career, and it’s now finally upon you. The nerves you feel are mostly excitement for the unknown, and for the change that is about to happen. But college is the best time of your life. Take comfort in knowing that literally every other freshman out there feels the EXACT same way.
Tip: Don’t be afraid to try new things and to make mistakes. Mistakes are how you learn. Doing something new for the first time can be nerve-racking, but the second time you do it, you’ll feel like a pro. Knock out as many “first-timers” as you can as quickly as humanly possible. You’ll be surprised how good you feel when you’re trying new things everyday.
College is harder than high school. But you’re much smarter than you think you are. Don’t downplay the difficulty of your classes, but don’t put them on a pedestal either. You were smart enough to get into college in the first place, which means you’re more than able to complete the workload. Take it one class at a time, one test at a time and you’ll do great.
Tip: Get ahead and stay ahead on your coursework. It’s very easy to get distracted in college. The first few weeks of school are going to set the bar in your mind for studying, so forming good habits now is imperative to the success of your college career. Remember what you’re there for. Sure, have fun, but don’t do it at the expense of your potential career.
College ain’t cheap. Tuition, room and board, food, textbooks, entertainment, gas, etc…. Expenses can add up very quickly, and you can burn through your money in no time. But this is your opportunity to learn how to budget and be on your own. This is one of the best skills you will ever learn in this life. Take advantage of it. Be smart on spending, and don’t blow through your money by making stupid decisions.
Tip: Make a budget for yourself. First, figure out how much money you have for the semester on a monthly basis. Second, determine how much you’ll need for each expense category each month. You’ll quickly be able to tell how much will be leftover, or how much you still need. As long as you stay within this budget during the semester, you’ll have the comfort of knowing that your finances are taken care of.