Updated: May 31, 2020

1. Be on a schedule

I don't know about you, but something will ALWAYS be happening on my college campus. It will be very easy to get caught up. DON’T. The easier you get caught up, the faster your grades will pay the price. One of my biggest rules is to always try to have a night schedule of how much homework needs to be done for the week. Especially if there are events happening on campus that I know will get my attention & there always are.

2. Don’t force relationships

You don’t force a puzzle piece to fit when you know it’s not supposed to. The same goes for relationship of any type. Freshman week you will always meet a group or friends you hang out with or someone you end up liking. Don’t make the mistake thinking it has to last. You just got to school and everyone is just finding their fitting just like you.

3. Genuinely Network and Connect

Making connections in college is a big thing. You never know when influential people are going to pop up. The possibilities of who you could just run into are endless. Don’t pass up on opportunities to be a foot in when you can. Whether it be in business, music, TV personality. There will at some point be someone that can help you in the future. But make sure to be genuine about the relationship you make. People will know when you faking.

4. Bring Business Attire

Like I previously said, Events will always be happening on campus and you need to network. In many cases, in order to do that efficiently you need to also look the part.

5. Go to Office Hours

This is a very important step. ALWAYS go to office hours. I made the mistake if not going my first semester. Don’t be like me. Office hours allow your professors to put a face to the name and know who you are. If you lucky, it may even play a great role in your end of semester grade, even if you were struggling.

6. Plan Ahead for Homecoming

Homecoming are always bing wherever you go. I attend Howard University and if you know nothing else about Howard University, you should know that Homecoming is BIG. If you school/s homecoming is anything like mine, be sure to plan ahead with everything. Especially with your classes. You won’t want to be stuck doing assignments and can’t have fun or have fun and neglect your classes. Your professors do not care and will fail you. When it comes to outfits, you don’t necessarily have to go out and buy brand new outfit ( even though you probably will), upcycle old fits and make them better. It really is just an experience that you cannot miss. Don’t focus too much on the outfit and getting ready so much that you miss the best parts.

7. Have a budget & stick to it

You're in a new environment, it naturally to want to explore and go out. However, make sure you're not forgetting about your necessities. Create a budget of everything you need to do first and have fun after. You don’t want to be that person that went to all the parties but now stuck in the dorm with no food or nothing. It’s not fun.

8. Don’t Compare Yourself

Once you get to college, you’ll realize everyone was Prom Queen, a 4.0 Student or just had an amazing High School experience. But you may not have done any of these things and that’s okay. It’s important to remember you’re on your own journey. You have time, just make sure you use it wisely

9. Don’t Take No for an Answer

One of the many things I love about Howard is the ability to always advocate for yourself and you will need to. Howard will try to finesse you, don’t let them. ALWAYS speak up when you want something and don’t take no for an answer.


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