College can be rough, and the first few weeks can be downright unpleasant.
1. Keep your door open
I love, love, love, love, the people who live on my floor! But, we wouldn’t know each other if we, or our doors, had been open.
2. Take Naps
I live for my hour nap after my English class. I always wake up refreshed and (reluctantly) ready to go to the library.
3. Stock Your Dorm Full of Healthy Food
There came a point where most of my meals consisted of ice cream, and curly fries. It was then that I went to Trader Joe's and stocked up on fresh fruit. The freshman 15 is only real if you let it be.
4. Do the Readings
You paid $150 for that sociology textbook so you might as well read it.
5. Make Friends in Your Classes
So when you inevitably don’t make it to that 8am, you have someone to copy notes from.
6. Staying in and Watching Documentaries on a Friday Night is OK.
Sometimes you need to take a break and stay in, I recommend the "13th" on Netflix.
7. Drink With People You Trust
Don’t go to a party where you don’t know anyone. If you do choose to drink, surround yourself with responsible people you know and drink slowly and in small amounts.
8. Meet With an Academic Advisor
Save yourself the worry and stress and make a four-year plan with your advisor. Even if you are undecided about your major it can still be helpful.
9. Go to Events on Campus
Slam poetry, salsa dancing, Feminist Fridays- most of these events have free food.
10. Give it Time
I know how awkward, uncomfortable and borderline unbearable those first few weeks are. But give it time. You may be surprised at how comfortable and fun your routine can become.