During my first few months of college, I had no idea what to expect and was willing to take advice from anyone and everyone! Starting my sophomore year of college has been stress-free and surprisingly really easy so I wanted to help those freshmen and transfer students who are in the same boat as I was a year ago. Here are 5 basic tips that worked for me during my first month of college.
*This post is geared towards freshmen but can be applied to any college student, of course!
1. Leave your door open
2. Go to campus events
At Temple we have this thing called Welcome Week. It’s an event mainly for freshmen to get a feel for campus and see all the different things we have to offer here. I loved Welcome Week because it gave me things to do and places to go when I was bored! Take your roommate along or go alone and make some friends. Talk to everyone, get out of your comfort zone, and introduce yourself! You have a unique opportunity to reinvent yourself at college, so take advantage of it!
3. Go to sporting events
Sporting events are a great way to gain some school spirit and pride (if you don’t have any already!) I love going to Temple games and cheering on the Owls! I have such a good time, especially if I go with a group of friends. Sit with the student section for an even greater experience.
4. Don’t be afraid to join and try new things
College is all about experience. If you want to join a club that doesn’t exist, start one! Get involved in as many things as possible (but don’t join more clubs than you can handle!)
5. Don’t sweat the little things
Always remember you’re not alone! If you’re stressing about something, call your parents! They’ll love to hear from you and love that you thought of them. It’s normal to doubt yourself and your abilities when you get to college but try to remind yourself why you’re there and the things that make you so awesome!