We are officially less than two weeks away from the beginning of a new school year. For myself, it will be my final year at Temple and yet I can remember being a freshman like it was just last week. Going from being a senior in high school to a freshman in college is a huge adjustment. Here are some things I learned over the years and would like to offer up to the incoming class at Temple and any other college or university.
1. Leave your door open. Regardless if you’re living in a traditional dorm or suite, leaving your door open is a great way to meet people as they’re passing by.
2. Join clubs. Even if you don’t stay in the club for more than one year or even one semester, clubs are the perfect way to meet new people. The earlier you join, the more opportunities you will have.
3. Embrace the 8 a.m.’s. I’m a huge fan of sleeping in, but if you schedule your classes too late in the day you won’t find yourself being very productive before them. You’re going to have to take early classes eventually, so you should get used to an early morning routine.
4. Manage your time. This was probably the hardest thing for me to do. Your college classes might be shorter or longer than the ones you had in high school, but none of them are going to let you do homework during your lectures. You need to learn how to budget your time so you’re always submitting assignments completely and promptly.
5. Have fun. College is a whole new experience. Don’t let shyness or fear get the best of you. You’ll make new friends, learn new things, and have opportunities you could never have dreamed of.
What tips can you share for the incoming freshman class? Tell us!