Tips for the college freshman

You’ve already opened the mailbox, opened your acceptance letter and have envisioned all of the fun you’re going to have, the classes you’re going to ace and the diploma you’re going to get… Hold on a minute…you still haven’t even started your freshman year!!

It’s pretty easy to get carried away in all of the excitement when you’ve been waiting for this day for your entire life. You’re first day as an officially enrolled student is the first step towards an exciting new life full of opportunities. So, you’ll want to make the best of every moment and here’s a few steps to help you get started:

Pack What You Need & Leave The Rest

If you’re a student planning to stay on campus, chances are, your dorm will leave you lacking in storage areas and space. The best way to combat this issue is to limit the amount of things you bring to just the necessities you have to have before you come home on Christmas break. This is especially important if you have a little money in the bank while you’re in school. Shopping makes for an excellent solution to a crummy day.

Make An Excellent First Impression

You know who they are — the people who just seem to draw people in and who seem to get along with everyone. What makes them different? It all starts with the first impressions. First impressions are important and, at times, can end up being a lasting impression on people they never seem to forget. So how do you become a rockstar at first impressions? It all begins with confidence. Having confidence is a miraculous things. Gone are the fears of speaking to new people and somehow smiling and waving just seem like the thing to do. Give your confidence and extra boost by incorporating a proper posture. Innately, people read posture as a sign of a person’s character and worth. People who feel frightened or insecure tend to ball up in posture or make themselves appear smaller, while a person with proper posture exhibits a sense of security and control.

Stay Healthy & Know Your Limits

Becoming a freshman means that you will be going through a lot of changes, not just physically, but emotionally as well. Being healthy goes far beyond just eating right and exercising, it’s about knowing your limits and being in tune with your needs. A huge part of successfully accomplishing this is learning the art of saying no, especially when the demands of a new project or activity could push the limits of your time and knowledge to a point where you may risk completely other activities and responsibilities. Leave a little time for yourself, even if it’s only for a few minutes a day, where you can kick back your feet and relax or read a good book. After all, you’ve earned it!

Get Involved

Attending classes on campus will teach you more than just the facts and tools you need to for your degree, but you will also learn more about the person you are and you will gain valuable knowledge about handling social situations. While not every situation may be a pleasant one, you can gain some powerful insight on ways to handle stressful situations and confrontations simply by observing your fellow peers. A great way to get savvy with social interactions, is to put yourself out there and mingle. Campuses have a full range of activities, clubs and causes which encourage students to get involved. Plus, these opportunities will help you to forge long-lasting connections with people you will correspond with both professionally and personally for many years to come

Prepare For A Bad Grade (or Two)

Nobody’s perfect — and neither are you. It’s human nature to make mistakes, forget things and even completely misunderstand others. In college, it can be a huge benefit to know that getting a 100% is not obtainable. You will miss questions, you may even completely bomb a final and you may complete assignments that are far the teacher’s expectations. That’s okay! College is a place where you can learn and the point of spending money on tuition is to be in an environment where you are challenged and encouraged to step outside your comfort zone.