Transitioning from high school to college life can feel as if you’re blindly taking an enormous leap of faith into an abyss of deadlines, new challenges and way too much information. Student Media is here to tell you that it gets better. Anxiety is completely normal, and you’re definitely not the only student on campus who may feel uncomfortable when adjusting to life on campus.
Here are some simple, quick and easy tips that can help smooth out your experience as a new student. When possible, always arrive early to class. This especially gives you an advantage on the first day of class, as you are able to pick your seat freely. Once you’ve sat down, always prepare for the start of class by retrieving a pen or pencil, a spiral notebook and your textbook from your book bag. This way, you don’t have to fumble around later when the professor undoubtedly says something around the lines of “Now write this down,” or “This is important information worth writing down.”
It’s also a good idea to carry a few extra pens or pencils in your bag because you never know when someone will ask to borrow one, or your pencil breaks or your pen runs out of ink. Even if you prefer to use a laptop, having a spiral notebook and a writing utensil can prove useful in case your professor does not allow laptops in their classroom.
Don’t be afraid or intimidated to ask questions in class, or to seek out your professors during their office hours or by appointment. We’re all here to learn and grow as individuals, and part of a professor’s job is to help students do just that. Consider joining an organization. There are many, many student-run organizations on campus that cater to a huge variety of interests and needs. In an organization, new students can connect on a deeper level and build stronger friendships.
No matter your background, interests or experiences, don’t panic. You’ve got this.
Edited by Shelby Hanson