I've Adapted To College, Yes, But Knowing These 10 Things Would Have Been Nice Beforehand

I've Adapted To College, Yes, But Knowing These 10 Things Would Have Been Nice Beforehand

Adapting to the college life is intimidating yet once you get the hang of it, you will have the time of your life.

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Before going to college, I was very nervous about what might happen with my friendships back home, how much homework I will have, if I will make the right group of friends, etc. I am not going to lie, it did take me a while to adjust to living on my own yet I can officially say I am getting the hang of it.

1. Learn How To Be Good At Time Management

One thing I struggled with during the first few weeks of college was learning how to balance my school work with my social life. Each course load is pretty intense and require hours of homework each week. On top of that, you need to balance out your social life so you can make sure you are still having fun while working toward getting a degree. By learning how to be good at time management, it becomes almost effortless to balance everything out.

2. Join Anything and Everything You Want To Do

When coming to college, I was overwhelmed by the number of opportunities handed to me. The clubs, Greek life, internships, and jobs, there are so many opportunities that you can take advantage of. One thing that I focused on was joining clubs that not only sparked my interest but also clubs that went along with my major. This helped me immensely because I can now start to build up my resume, starting as soon as freshman year.

3. It Is Okay To Feel Overwhelmed

If I tried, I don't think I could count the number of mental breakdowns I've had within just one semester. Whether it be friendships, schoolwork, relationships, it seemed never-ending at times. When running into an issue, all you can do is breathe and try to figure out a solution as quickly as possible. College is stressful in so many aspects and everyone is going through the same thing you are so it is completely okay to feel like it is too much at times. Just remember that whatever the situation may be, it won't last forever.

4. It's Time To Become An Adult

Get ready to clean your own bathroom, set your own alarms, do your own laundry, and make your own food. The world is in your hands now and you control everything. I cherish the times before college when I would wake up to breakfast made by my parents but now I am relying on dining hall food or whatever I can find in my fridge to keep my stomach from growling. This is something that I struggled with at first but now I love being able to do everything on my own. You will find yourself at times wearing the same clothes multiple days in a row because you are too lazy to do your laundry but after all, it's a learning experience.

5. Greek Life Is Amazing

Before coming into college, I was a little hesitant on what I wanted to join when I got here, especially Greek life. I can confidently say that I will never regret joining a sorority. Through all of the friendships I have made, the events, the social life, it is all amazing. Greek life definitely isn't for everyone but if you have an interest in joining, I say you do so.

6. Take Control Of Your Free Time

College is jam-packed with many things on your to-do list. Once you get the time to relax, do it. You do not want to be running yourself out by going out every night or going to every sporting event because trust me, this will start to take a toll on your body. Personally, I love being a busy bee but just being able to sit and relax every once in a while is the best feeling.

7. Deadlines Are Important

In high school, many of us could get away with late assignments due to many excuses but once college hits, it is due when it is due. Getting your assignments in on time could make it or break it for your grade. If you forget to turn in an assignment, chances are you will get a zero and that could damage your grade more than you could imagine. Focus on when things are due and get rid of the habit of procrastinating because it will only help you in the long run.

8. Reach Out To Your Professors

Your professors are there to help you. If you have a question, email them or schedule an appointment during their office hours if you are struggling in a course. Most professors will be happy to help and only want you to succeed. It may be intimidating at first to ask for help but you are here for an education and they know that.

9. Making Friends Is Easy

When you first come to college, everyone is trying to make new friends. Trust me, everyone is in the same boat. Being a social person, this was fairly easy because I love getting to know others. If you struggle with this, join a club, walk around campus, talk to your classmates, or reach out to people in your dorm. Almost everyone is super friendly and you will truly see that it is easy to make friends.

10. Have Fun

College shouldn't be all work and no play. After all, you are here for 4 years and you are in a new environment, so take advantage of that. Have fun but not too much fun because you still want your focus to be school. College goes by a lot faster than you think it does so why not take advantage of all of the good times you are having.

Overall, college is amazing. Having the freedom to do your own thing is by far one of my favorite things. There is so much more advice I could give to students starting their first year in college but for now, the 10 things listed are what I wish I would've known before coming to college.

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It's Time To Thank Your First Roommate

Not the horror story kind of roommate, but the one that was truly awesome.
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Nostalgic feelings have recently caused me to reflect back on my freshman year of college. No other year of my life has been filled with more ups and downs, and highs and lows, than freshman year. Throughout all of the madness, one factor remained constant: my roommate. It is time to thank her for everything. These are only a few of the many reasons to do so, and this goes for roommates everywhere.

You have been through all the college "firsts" together.

If you think about it, your roommate was there through all of your first college experiences. The first day of orientation, wishing you luck on the first days of classes, the first night out, etc. That is something that can never be changed. You will always look back and think, "I remember my first day of college with ____."

You were even each other's first real college friend.

You were even each other's first real college friend.

Months before move-in day, you were already planning out what freshman year would be like. Whether you previously knew each other, met on Facebook, or arranged to meet in person before making any decisions, you made your first real college friend during that process.

SEE ALSO: 18 Signs You're A Little Too Comfortable With Your Best Friends

The transition from high school to college is not easy, but somehow you made it out on the other side.

It is no secret that transitioning from high school to college is difficult. No matter how excited you were to get away from home, reality hit at some point. Although some people are better at adjusting than others, at the times when you were not, your roommate was there to listen. You helped each other out, and made it through together.

Late night talks were never more real.

Remember the first week when we stayed up talking until 2:00 a.m. every night? Late night talks will never be more real than they were freshman year. There was so much to plan for, figure out, and hope for. Your roommate talked, listened, laughed, and cried right there with you until one of you stopped responding because sleep took over.

You saw each other at your absolute lowest.

It was difficult being away from home. It hurt watching relationships end and losing touch with your hometown friends. It was stressful trying to get in the swing of college level classes. Despite all of the above, your roommate saw, listened, and strengthened you.

...but you also saw each other during your highest highs.

After seeing each other during the lows, seeing each other during the highs was such a great feeling. Getting involved on campus, making new friends, and succeeding in classes are only a few of the many ways you have watched each other grow.

There was so much time to bond before the stresses of college would later take over.

Freshman year was not "easy," but looking back on it, it was more manageable than you thought at the time. College only gets busier the more the years go on, which means less free time. Freshman year you went to lunch, dinner, the gym, class, events, and everything else possible together. You had the chance to be each other's go-to before it got tough.

No matter what, you always bounced back to being inseparable.

Phases of not talking or seeing each other because of business and stress would come and go. Even though you physically grew apart, you did not grow apart as friends. When one of you was in a funk, as soon as it was over, you bounced right back. You and your freshman roommate were inseparable.

The "remember that one time, freshman year..." stories never end.

Looking back on freshman year together is one of my favorite times. There are so many stories you have made, which at the time seemed so small, that bring the biggest laughs today. You will always have those stories to share together.

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The unspoken rule that no matter how far apart you grow, you are always there for each other.

It is sad to look back and realize everything that has changed since your freshman year days. You started college with a clean slate, and all you really had was each other. Even though you went separate ways, there is an unspoken rule that you are still always there for each other.

Your old dorm room is now filled with two freshmen trying to make it through their first year. They will never know all the memories that you made in that room, and how it used to be your home. You can only hope that they will have the relationship you had together to reflect on in the years to come.


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My Best Tips On How To Be Successful in College

Coming into college can be intimidating. Maybe college is not so much intimidating as it is a challenge. However viewed, new place can take getting used to.

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New Environment, New World!

Everyone's in the same boat as you. New school, new classes, new faces. Just go up and begin talking to the first person you see! It is scary, no matter who you are, but you do grow from meeting new people! Baby steps are steps, no matter what anyone says!

Go To Class!

This seems to fluctuate in many speeches that you probably hear when attending preview days or orientation. While college is filled with other things to do, you were sent to learn, and you learn in the classroom by the professor. Go to class.. you may miss something important.. or bonus points!

Ask Questions!

This is the part where pride falls and you admit you need help. Ask questions! If you can't find what you're looking for in Walmart, ask the workers. If you're unsure about something in a class, ask during or after! In meeting new people, you ask questions to learn about them! Many times people are scared to ask questions, whether it be fear of failure or of people. Finding information is just part of life, so don't be afraid to ask when you need to!

Get Involved!

Most upperclassman on campus will encourage you to get involved immediately with any organizations you feel lead to explore. Some may choose to enter Greek Life, religious communities, leadership roles, and many other opportunities! There's so much to do on campus! You can have as much or as little downtime as you wish. For some people, it may take a little longer getting involved, and that is alright! You call all the shots here. It's a whole new ballgame in college!

Sports!

Speaking of ballgames, sports are so much fun! There's football, tennis, softball, basketball, baseball, and others as well as club teams and intramurals. Even if you don't enjoy sports, they are some of the best environments on campus AND you get rewards for attending! Sometimes they hand out free shirts, and sometimes they have free FOOD! (Who doesn't love free food?)

It's Okay To Not Know

So you're undeclared. I bet you hear "you need to choose a major" more than you would please to. Good news!!! - You don't have to know what you want to do right when you graduate high school. Every person is different. You have to figure out what works best for you!

Hopefully arriving at a new place will be an exciting experience - so much to do and see! After learning ins and outs, the place that seemed so big may not seem too big anymore. Nevertheless, the world is in front of you, so go out and get it!

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