It’s the end of August and it’s time for everyone to return to school and for parents took to take a week of vacation so they can finally be fucking alone and can breathe without having to deal with their children that they love for eight hours a day. For many, they start in the best four years of their lives: College. It’s a strange new experience that literally is the hunger games. You are the tribute for your town that in a competition for knowledge and power.
Here are some tips to survive the first year of college….aka The Hunger Games:
- It’s okay to be nervous: You have every right to be very anxious and nervous. You are getting thrown into a situation literally stripped of everything that you have ever known. You don’t know hardly know anyone, you’re forced to room with someone you literally just met or only know little about. You are thrust into this freedom where your family isn’t there. You are pretty much fending for yourself. Just breathe. It will be okay. Everything will work itself out. Just remember that you aren’t the only one. Everyone in your class is also extremely nervous. If they say that they aren’t, then they are a bunch of lying jackass who can’t be trusted. Just remember that it’s normal and you will feel more comfortable as the year progresses.
- You can’t make friends from your dorm room: I guess you could probably make friends from your dorm room but you may or may not want them as your friends depending on what you are using. But just get out and be active on campus. That could be working out at the campus gym, participate in study groups and/or intramural sports, clubs, etc. This will help with the whole nervous feeling going away and you feeling like you belong. It’s also nice to have friends, especially so you don’t have to eat alone at the dining hall or spend free time alone watching Netflix thinking about college sucks. This also Segway into the next point:
- Don’t go home every weekend: It’s very nice to go home every once in a while to get away from school, but don’t do it every single weekend. This is the time where you can bond with friends and other classmates. You miss all of that if you go home. The weekend in college is made up like this: Saturday is to hang out with friends and have fun while Sunday is used to recover from Saturday and to do homework. You can hang out and do homework with friends but you probably won’t get anything done that way.
- Don’t ruin friendships over living arrangements: As a former Residents assistant, I have seen this happen a lot, especially if you room with friends that you knew from high school. Moving in and share a space with a friend will often time never lead to something good. The littlest things will start to annoy you and then the next you know you’ll be down each other’s throat want to go jail on a felony. While you should cover the basics before the start of the year, by this I mean bedtime, sex in the room, noise levels, etc., don’t let something like that ruin a friendship. If talking it out isn’t helping the situation, then ask for a room transfer. This lets you keep your friendship and also prevents you from going to jail. Like I said, no friendship isn’t worth losing over something as small as “Your music is too loud, I’m trying to study/sleep” or “Stop using our room to have sex in. I live here too!”
- College is supposed to be fun: While you do have to go to class and learn things, college is supposed to be a fun time. You need to have fun while you are going to wherever college you decide to attend. If you aren’t having fun, then you might need to look at it and figure out why. It could be your major/classes, the people you surround yourself around, or it could be you just taking everything too seriously. But life’s is too short for it not to be having fun. You can always transfer to another college if you just aren’t liking your current school. Hell, you can even change your major to something you enjoy. Life’s what you make it, so let’s make it rock!
Here are some other tips that aren’t as good to make to actually list but are important:
- Don’t spend all your money
- Make friends with your RA.
- If you are going to drink, do it responsibly. Don’t drink and drive or walk around campus.
- If you have the ability to make small payments on student loans while in school, do it!
- Make time for yourself and having fun
- If you don’t know what you are doing, don’t worry, you’re not supposed to.
- Freshmen 15 is real. Watch the stress eating
- Don’t be stressed out, everything will be fine.
- Try things that you normally wouldn’t try.
Hope these tips help all the freshmen survive your freshmen year of college. If you have some that I forgot, leave them in the comments below and I’ll add it to the list.
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