I’m sure by now your dorm room is perfectly decorated, your school supplies are coordinating with your favorite colors, and your first official week as a college student is coming to a close. So congrats! You made it! And I bet by now you’ve already heard this a hundred times already, but college is such a big deal! You’ve overcame a lot to get where you are. Now I could sit here and go on and on about how important it is to buckle down and study to get those good grades, but that’s a given. I’m here to give you real advice; advice I wish I would have taken earlier in my college years.
First off, get involved. Whether you’re interested in a club or a sport or even Greek life. Just do something. You will get bored sitting in your dorm room all day, so why not put yourself out there? You’ll meet so many new people and make connections that will last a lifetime!
Next piece of advice, get to know your professor. Their office hours are there for a reason! If you are having trouble or are at all nervous about a course you’re taking, go talk to them. Not only can they help you along the way, but having that personal connection with them could benefit your future since they could potentially write you letters of recommendations!
Going off of that, while I know college is meant to further your education, don’t spread yourself too thin. Stress and anxiety on a university’s campus is already at an all time high, so try to do everything in your power to relax when you can. If you end up finding yourself in a sticky situation, there are many resources that can help! Don’t be afraid to reach out for the support you need.
My last piece of advice for you is to take every opportunity that comes your way and run with it. Whether that’s an internship opportunity, or studying abroad, because within a blink of an eye these college years will be over. Will you want to look back ten years from now and regret not ever doing something? No! So go after it and make it count!