In college choices are crucial. I’ve heard you can only pick two of the following three: good grades, a social life or sleep. This hasn’t rung truer than in my first few months at Samford University. It’s a daily responsibility to keep life balanced and avoid over-committing. Sometimes you have to pass on an intramural game with friends from your hall so you can finish a paper before 1 a.m.
A few simple tips can make a big difference.
School work really is the priority. When it’s time to hit the books, it seems like your friends are everywhere, and opportunities to go places and do things can be pretty tempting. But the bottom line is we’re here to get an education, and it’s our responsibility to stay on track with school. The best part is once you’re done, you can do as much socializing as you want. Helpful hint: Most university libraries offer private study rooms free of charge with your student card. Set up shop, place a “Please do not disturb” note on the window and hit the books in privacy.
Get ahead if you can. Then, you won’t have to skip out on fun opportunities if you use your free time wisely. If you have down time on an afternoon or weekend and you feel like getting things done, go ahead and start on your next assignment. It will feel really good when assignments start to pile up and you already have some things crossed off your to-do list.
Seek help when you need it.
There is no shame in needing help. Most classes are no walk in the park, and sometimes trying to keep up on your own is difficult. Study groups and tutoring are a great way to stay afloat in those tough classes and also to meet people. Even if you feel like you have a class figured out, a study group can still be beneficial when reviewing. Who doesn’t like the feeling of a great test grade, right?
Your professor is on your side. Believe it or not, most professors are really concerned with your success in his or her class. When you fail, they feel like they have failed. If you’re struggling or need to ask a few questions about class material, visit your professor in office hours. Their doors are open, and it says a lot about you when you show the professor that you’re making an effort.
Don’t stress over what to wear to class.
Calm down, kiddos. A nice top and jeans is a cute and casual outfit that takes minimal effort in the morning. The first week of school I got up super early to look extra presentable for class. I think it’s a great idea to make a good first impression with your new professors and classmates, and it shows the professor you respect him or her. However, there is no need to go all out every single day. You’re going to run out of outfits. There is no shame in casual attire. Just, please, don’t show up to class in pajamas.
Read more of Elle’s series on Dormify.
What tips did you learn your freshman year?
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