Two years ago, I walked onto my campus as a freshman with no idea what adventures awaited me. I was anxious and timid thinking about starting a new chapter of my life all alone without any friends from home. However, there is one secret every freshman should know—your university has been preparing for your arrival for months.
College administrators and student clubs have been planning events specifically to get freshman like you out of dormitory isolation. Swathes of your college-aged peers are actively trying to meet you. What may seem an exciting premise to some still leaves many nervous to venture from their comfort zones. Here are some tips on how to survive your first year of college.
1. Get Involved In Clubs
Your first year in college will be lonely if you do not get involved in clubs and meet new people. Most schools will have an event where all the clubs will be in one spot the first or second week of class and you can choose which club best suits your interests. Take full advantage of that opportunity as it will be easier to survive college if you have friends with similar interests.
2. Get To Know Your Professors
I know it can be awkward at first, but this will help you immensely as the semester goes on. Getting to know your professors starts by sitting towards the front of the class, participating in classroom discussion, and introducing yourself during office hours. This will let the professor get to know you and they will be more willing to work with you throughout the semester. Doing so awarded me perks others were never offered such as test reschedules and excused absences.
3. Go To Campus Events
There are many free events your campus will host. These usually range from concerts to sporting events. You pay so much to go to that school that not attending would be costing you money. It is not only a great way to get out of your dorm, it is a great place to make friends. I skipped some events because I thought, “I don’t know anyone going.” This was a mistake. There are plenty of people at these events looking to meet new people. Get out and have fun!
4. Talk To People In Your Hall
It can be intimidating going to a big event and meeting people. If you are a bit more timid, try meeting people in your hall. There will be smaller events in your dorms to allow you to get to know the people around you. Most of these people will be on campus with you all four years. It is the perfect group with which to make friends that will be able to support you throughout your college career.
5. Don’t Underestimate Your Classes
This isn’t high school anymore. I treated my first semester of college like I was still in high school and I had to drop a class because of two failed tests. Struggling in my classes caused me to skip out on events and miss opportunities to spend time with friends. Classes can make or break your school year. Hanging out with friends and meeting people is important, but not at the expense of your classes. The professors aren’t kidding when they say you will spend hours studying. Plan out your time and take your classes seriously, after all somebody is paying for you to get an education.
These next four years are what you make of them. Don’t waste them. Study, make friends, go to events and make connections with your professors. Your freshman year sets the tone for the rest of your college career. Make the tone a good one.
The views expressed in this article are the opinion of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Lone Conservative staff.