hi guys!! i just wrapped up my first semester in college (thank the Lord), so i thought i should share some of the things i’ve learned with you.
- make friends during the first few weeks!!
- participate in all the “welcome week” activities. step outside of your comfort zone and be willing to talk to anyone and everyone—everyone else is in the same position as you. find friends who have similar values as you. do not become too close with anyone who will influence you to do things that you do not want to do. befriend the people you sit next to in class—maybe they can become a study buddy. establish your friendships early on. from personal experience, it is harder to befriend people who have already formed their own friend groups.
- join clubs!!
- join them early on in the semester.
- join clubs that are specific to your major! not only will you meet people with similar interests and career goals, but you will also receive important information (opportunities, research programs, etc.) and get more hands-on experience.
- if you are on a pre-professional track, join a club based on your program. i’m currently in the pre-dental health society club at my school!
- join any club that interests you, but try not to join clubs that frequently overlap—it is better to attend clubs faithfully than sporadically.
- if you’re a person of faith, join a (or several) campus ministry/group to get connected with people who share your same faith. a majority of my friendships have come from doing this and it’s like having a second family. if you’re a christian, join cru!! cru is awesome!!!!
- only take 8 am’s if you are disciplined enough to go to sleep at a reasonable time and to wake up at or before 7 am.
- try to end your school day relatively early so that you have the rest of the day to do any studying that you have to do, while you’re still awake and alert.
- try to avoid night classes as they are very long and will probably interfere with a billion other things you want to do.
- if you are scheduling back-to-back classes, make sure you have enough time to get from one class to the other.
- exams are so important in college. there is homework, though, but it usually only accounts for a small percentage of your grade. you should still complete it. all of it. try to accumulate as many points as you can from homework and other assignments in case you don’t perform as well as you wish on the exams.
- time-management is SOOO important!!
- learn when to say no to social events. you can still do fun things, but know when you should refrain from it.
- managing time wisely significantly lowers academic-related stress.
- create a skeletal schedule for your week–add your classes, when you want to wake up/go to sleep, any club meetings that you have, what time’s a good time for lunch, etc.
- determine what times work best in your schedule to dedicate to studying.
- schedule your free time so that 1. you have something to look forward to and are less likely to get distracted, and, 2. you can take a break from everything and feel refreshed.
- dealing with professors
- respect them (obviously).
- form good relationships with your professors, but, for the love of God, do not be a kiss up. they can tell when you are or aren’t being genuine.
- visit them during office hours for any questions you may have. make it known to them that you do care about what you’re learning and that you’re not only trying to get an A.
- sometimes you will try so hard and your grade will still not reflect the effort you put in.
- learning > grades
- grades do not always reflect intelligence. sometimes, a lower grade could be a result of something else, such as poor time-management.
- your GPA does not define you.
- you are here to learn.
- you can do this!!
- i love you!!
disclaimer: this post is based on my experiences and things i have heard from people who i have interacted with. this advice might not apply to everyone who reads it. artwork by: paul antonson
i will be adding to this! just wanted to get some of it posted! feel free to message me with specific college-related questions and feel free to message/reply/reblog with any advice you think i should add. :)
love, melissa (@studenting)