Your freshman year is going to be full of new experiences. When you’re just starting out in college, it can feel overwhelming to know how to spend your time, what situations to put yourself in, and how to make the most of your time. We’ve got a few tips for you to consider when starting out in your freshman year that will benefit your entry into this new phase of life.
Join a club
If there isn’t one, you might even lobby to create one. Some colleges will easily accept freshmen to create new clubs and groups.
Spend a day (early on) exploring
The same goes for the town that this college is in. If you didn’t grow up in the local area, it will be great to take a day exploring where the best cafes, gyms, movie theatres, parks, and stores are in the local town. This will help you not to feel lost in your freshman year, making you stay stuck in your dorm because you don’t know the local area.
Start a new hobby
Yes, studying is great. We are all for caring about your academic performance. But sometimes new students can get too stressed out and ultimately burn out in their first year if they are so attached to being perfect academically. Try to balance out your studies with downtime, rest, and social events so that you are enjoying your time at college too.
Don’t try to do it all
You’re going to be new people, maybe some that are very different to those from your hometown. You’ll have new experiences, and be exposed to situations that you normally wouldn’t put yourself in. Keeping an open mind will be beneficial for you to adjust to what might feel like a culture shock. Just know that not everyone has to agree on their worldview. You can make like-minded friends, and also accept others for their own experience of life.