Your time at university is not only for academic achievement, it is also a time for personal development, fun, and making lifelong friends. Remember though sticking at the study allows you to stick in college!
Get Involved at the start
Some Orientation Week events may not be totally exciting but tours of the library and grounds connect you to the campus, help you meet people, and prepare you for academic success.
The majority of people take on this venture alone and so making friends is an important aspect of college. Try and attend the clubs and society open days. Join the ones you have a strong interest in as you are likely to get on well with the other members in the group and will make friends easily this way.
Learn new activities
Colleges provide a wide range of recreational activities so make use of what is being offered. There are also ample opportunities to get involved in voluntary work. From such work you will gain skills and experience in listening, interpersonal relationships and gain confidence in yourself and build your CV.
Go to class
The key difference to third level education is an emphasis on self-directed learning. It is your responsibility to attend your lectures, do research in the library, or write assignments to a deadline. You can’t stay if you fail your courses. Missing class is one of the worst things you can do. Your goal is to graduate, while at the same time having some fun.
Learn to say “No.”
This may be one of the most challenging skills to learn when you’re first in college. College offers many opportunities to take part in fun activities and clubs but saying “yes” to everything will lead to trouble. Your academics will suffer, your time management will be horrible, and you’ll burn out.
Ask for help
Colleges are generally good places for seeking out help; no one there wants to see you do poorly. Many have specific centres for students with difficulty with basic subjects. If you find you have burned yourself out and taken on to much, ask for help. If you’re struggling in a class, ask your lecturer or go to a tutoring centre. If you’re having a hard time adjusting, talk to the counsellers. Fix a small problem before it becomes a big one.
It is normal to feel nervous as you prepare to move away from home. Once you settle in and make friends, this will ease. This is what the college experience is all about, learning to stand on your own two feet.
You will miss people back at home. Managing a long-distance relationship can be hard, but it doesn’t have to mean you can’t stay in college. Think of all the easy ways to keep in touch with your family and friends. It will make you stronger as a person if you live away from home – there’s always the weekends.
Starting college brings a surge of independence. You no longer have parents telling you what to do or what time to be home at – but use a little maturity. You will be tempted to experiment with drugs and alcohol, but excessive drinking can have consequences such as unprotected sex, aggressive behaviour, vandalism and injury. Pace yourself while drinking and only drink what you feel comfortable drinking.
Develop your flexibility, openness and discipline. Furthermore try and embrace diversity during your time in college, as you will come across an assortment of people, with different attitudes, sexuality and beliefs.