It is common for students to think they are ready for college after they have registered for classes and paid their bills. It's not obvious to them that there are other important things to do before classes begin. A great deal of preparation must be done before the beginning of classes, mentally and physically.
First, knowing that it’s new for everyone can help a lot. Going to college is a big change, and it’s important not to get overwhelmed. Keep a level head by reminding yourself that this is a time of transition for everyone, not just you. Things might feel a bit uncomfortable for a while, and that’s okay. Accept that you’re in a new stage of life and it may not feel familiar for a bit.
Second, time management is a game changer! If there’s a surefire way to make college hard on yourself, it is to procrastinate and do a lousy job of managing your time. Get off on the right foot by committing to staying organized with your time and in your life this year.
The key is to plan your day so you have time for it all. Create a detailed daily schedule that blocks out time for classes, homework, studying, and anything else. Stay organized and spend a few minutes each evening planning for the next day.
Another thing to keep in mind is knowing that it’s totally fine to ask for help. Professors and fellow students are there to support your success not to stop you. As we all know, life has its ups and downs. Knowing where to turn for help is important. Take a moment to locate the on-campus services that can help you: the tutoring center, disability services, counseling services, and any other resources that will give you a boost when you need it.
Finally, get physically ready to walk and run a lot. When I first admitted I never thought I would run this much, but being on time sometimes requires running from one building to another. Some students get a bike to make things easier, so now is a good time to purchase one if that’s a choice you’d prefer.
Being a college student requires a lot of positivity, courage and never hesitating to ask plenty of questions.