It’s your first year of college! Your excited and you can’t hardly wait to make new friendships and possibly find a significant other… but slow down. Take time to learn a thing or two from someone whose been there and knows what its like.
Almost 4 years ago, I was where you are right now. Getting ready to make the decisions you will soon face. Looking back, there were tons of things I wish I would have known or done differently.
There are three main areas of your college life that you need to focus on: academics, spiritual, and social.
Here are some tips from myself and some of my peers pertaining to these areas…
- Don’t overwhelm yourself with too many classes that you don’t have time for a social life. A lot of freshman make this mistake by taking a lot of classes or enrolling in very difficult courses.
- “Find a professor to mentor you, who will give you advice and encouragement on how to succeed in the future.” Tip from Amanda Furmage.
- “Don’t be afraid to schedule an appointment with your professor if you don’t understand something.” Tip from Laurita Carranza.
- Discuss your schedule with your roommate. Make sure you know the times you will have the room to yourself so you can use that opportunity to pray and spend one-on-one time with God.
- “Get plugged into a church off campus.” Tip from Rachel LaFlam.
- “Find a church that you can get involved in. Explore the options, but don’t go more than 6 months without finding a church that you want to continuously be involved in.” Tip from MikelleLiette.
- Get plugged into clubs on campus and try to attend as many events as possible. It will help you feel a part of the community and provide opportunities for you to make new friendships.
- “Try sitting at a table in Tuscana with people you do not know and get to know them over breakfast, lunch, or dinner.” Tip from Nick Tedeschi.
- “Don’t limit yourself to only one group of friends. Make connections with everyone.” Tip from Johny Fernandez.