Your first month of college is often an overwhelming but exciting time. You are officially “on your own” and away from home. While this is liberating, it is also a lot of responsibility. To manage it is important to have a positive attitude, get involved and make friends! Here are 5 tips to help you survive your first month in college.
- Don’t be shy! Talk to people while you’re out and about on campus. Likely they want to say hi but are too nervous. Every freshman student can use another friend at school! With time you will find the people at school who you enjoy spending time with and share common interest. Don’t be afraid to strike up a conversation in the dining hall, at the rec center, or on your way to class. The more people you know the sooner your college community will develop and you will feel more at ease and comfortable.
- Reach out to professors from the beginning. Not only is it helpful to make friends with your peers, but also befriend your teachers, as they will be your guides and mentors throughout your time in college. If you attend a large university, one on one time with professors may be hard to come by, but at a small school it is easier to set up meetings or talk after class. Showing teachers you care about your success and performance in class will ensure that they are more willing to help you through the process. Always be on time to class, complete required assignments, attend office hours to answer questions you may have, and participate in class discussions when appropriate
- Get involved in your campus community. Join clubs and organizations on campus that you find fun and enjoyable. You may join a professional club, a rec sports or intramural team, a sorority or fraternity, or even a juggling club. No matter what you like, most college campuses have something for everyone when it comes to clubs. Not only will this be an excellent way to spend you free time, but it will be yet another opportunity for you to meet people at school who share common interests and passions.
- Get your rest! It may be tempting to stay up all night, go to parties, and blow of some steam, but keeping your body rested is essential. Getting enough rest and sleep will ensure you have plenty of energy for classes, papers, homework, exams, clubs and organizations as well as socializing. The key is to find a balance, so be diligent about getting t least 8 hours of sleep at night.
- Eat right. Another way to stay healthy is to eat a balanced diet or healthy foods. This is often achievable at a campus-dining hall if you make smart choices. Try to limit late night fast food binges when your friends and roommates want to order pizza or Chinese food. Indulge once in a while, but don’t make poor eating choices a habit.
Making these healthy choices and putting yourself out there will help you to enjoy a successful first month of college. Whether you aim to get your bachelors in psychology, or eventually obtain your masters in health informatics, these tips will set you up right for the future. Meet new people, reach out to professors, get involved on campus, rest up, and eat well so that you have a solid support system and your health!