Updated: Jun 11, 2020
1. Research Professors
You always want to know who you are dealing with. Some professors are harder than others, it’s important to have an estimate of how much time each class is going to take up throughout the day when it comes to studying and assignments. Ratemyprofessors.com is the website to do so.
2. Go to Orientations
You might be inclined to skip this step but don’t. Going to orientation will get you off to a good start. You don’t want to be that person who has no idea what’s going on because they decided to skip orientation.
3. Don’t order textbooks in advance
More time than less, you either won’t need that textbook your professors made a “requirement” in the syllabus or you can get the pdf version for free. I made the mistake of doing this and only opened it ONCE for the entire semester.
4. BUY A PLANNER
If you take nothing else from this list, remember this. YOU WILL NEED A PLANNER. It’s really easy to get overwhelmed and stress with work when you’re not organized. This was another mistake I made. I had a constant feeling I was forgetting to do something and more than likely I was. Getting a planner allowed me to plan out my entire week and avoid surprise assignments that I would’ve forgotten without it.
5. Know you will get homesick
Being homesick is inevitable, you’re in a new space surrounded by nobody your familiar with. But know that everyone on that campus is probably feeling how you are too. It will get better. The best way to speed that process us is trying to put yourself out there. Having friends and simply trying got enjoy everything college has to offer allows you to be okay with starting this new chapter of your life.
6. Join the group chats
Joining group chats is one of the fastest ways to get to know people before you get on campus. You’ll be surprised how many group chats will pop up once everyone got accepted into your class. Many of these group chats mainly start on Twitter. This helps you to at least have people to hang out with while you all start to find your footing.
7. Learn how to adult
Being on your own makes you really appreciate everything your parents ever did for you. Once you go away for college, everything is on you. You have to now buy everything from groceries to cleaning supplies for yourself.
8. Cleaning Supplies
YOU NEED CLEANING SUPPLIES. For some reason, I thought my room was going clean itself when it gets dirty. This obviously was not the case. To start make sure you at least have a broom.
9. Bring Medicine
This is another thing I didn’t realized I needed. It was a sad moment when I realized my mother was no longer there to make me feel better when I got sick. SO always make you have the basics needed for when you get sick.
10. Save Money
You are going to want to go place. Don’t allow you being broke be a factor that stops you. If you know you are not someone who will be getting an allowance everything month. Have a plan in place when it comes to always having money on you.
11. Have Fun
Don’t forget to have fun! College is about learning but its’ also an experience. Don’t focus on just getting that 4.0 and miss the joys that college has to offer. This is your time to find yourself, make sure you do just that.