There are so many things you need to do to get ready for college. Mostly buying things, am I right? But there are a few other tidbits you need to know, and a few things you need to do to be fully prepared. I’ve been hunting through loads of advice articles for college freshmen and have decided to compile the best pieces here for you. Enjoy, and don’t stress!
- School supplies – In the middle of buying appliances, bedding, and other dorm accessories, we often forget to go back to the basics. College certainly isn’t any different from elementary school in one respect: you still need basic supplies! While you don’t need crayons or markers, make sure you have paper and plenty of pencils, plus a few folders and of course, textbooks!
- Getting along with your roommate – This is a pretty common fear for most freshmen. Most of us haven’t met our roommates, and we’re unsure of what it’ll be like to live with a stranger. Here’s a tip: don’t worry about it too much! You should try to get along with the person; basically, that only requires an ample amount of respect and approachability. You can also read this great article on getting along. If all else fails, talk to your RA about getting a different dorm.
- Save your boxes. When you get ready to move, chances are that you’re going to need some way to keep your stuff together in the car. So save boxes from online purchases, appliances, or find some online or at the dump.
- Moving in. Moving into your dorm can be a real pain in the neck. Be prepared, have everything you need, and get there early! For more tips on moving in, watch this video. Alternatively, you can watch this video to see how freshmen reacted to their move-in day and the first day of college at a Washington University.
- Get to know your professors. Of course, they’ll be instructing you, and yes, they can be a handful – some professors are downright mean. But at the end of the day, a teacher or professor is just another person, like you. You just have to know how to approach them! Be respectful, be on time to class, and introduce yourself if you get the opportunity. If you need help, try asking your professor nicely for extra assignments or a tutor. If they’re not able to help you, contact on-campus help for tutoring, counseling, or reach out to a study group.
For everything else, go here! That’s a list of forty-two ideas for helping college freshmen.
I hope this list helps you in the upcoming year, and that you all have a wonderful week!
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