If you’re reading this, you’re more than likely entering your freshman year of college. Congratulations on your new journey! College is such an exciting, yet critical time. I remember back to the summer before I entered freshman year. I read books on how to succeed as a college student. I was determined to excel… and I did! This is the perfect time for you to do the same thing. Learn as much about college as you can. Though it is a time for fun and self-development, it is also important to remember that 4 or 5 years from now, you’ll have to be an adult. So in preparing for that day, here are my tips to ace your freshman year of college:
- Meet people. You might be shy or tempted to stick with your hometown friends, but I strongly advise that you meet as many people as possible. This is such a great time to establish your network. Networking in college is very important. These people can help you with your homework, introduce you to some new organizations, and serve as great friends in the long run.
- Join organizations. Not only does it pad your resume, but it allows you to complete the first tip as well. Coming into college can be a pretty scary thing socially. Meeting people who have similar interests is a great way to make friends. Your social life is definitely important in helping you maintain stress in college.
- Take risks. Don’t play it safe in college. This is the chance for you to do what you want to do (within reason). There is so much to get into in college. Take your freshman year to challenge yourself to try new things and grow!
- Intern. Find an internship or volunteer opportunity on campus or in your local area. The more experience you have, the better. Taking on an internship your first year can show you if you actually want to work in your academic field. It’d be awesome to answer those important career questions during your freshman year just in case you want to change your major or concentration.
These tips helped me graduate from my institution with honors. I had a great college experience and made lifelong friends. More than anything, I was prepared to do great things post-graduation and that’s the goal for you as well. Take these tips and run with them. Enjoy your first year of college and as always you can thank me later!