College Tips and Tricks 101

We all know exactly what you’re thinking. Oh great another college article telling me what to do and how to change. Err! Wrong! I am here to help you with all of your troubles while assuring you a great and less stressful college experience. While everyone is going off to college or pursuing what they most desire in life, there are some ways to make it a bit easier.

As graduation is coming up all the seniors are ready to leave high school and move onto the next chapters of their lives. The one thought going through most people’s mind is get me out of here already. However, as exciting as graduation might be, college is a big transition to most people. It is a different atmosphere and a complicated next few years in people’s futures. The first thing there is to say is, make sure you feel comfortable and prepared for these next four years of a roller coaster. Autumn Hernandez said it best herself, “Don't be too nervous about it, honestly if you’re at the right place you’ll be happy no matter what, if you're not happy at a school and spending a lot of money, look into transferring. Not worth your time and money to be miserable.” You always want to make sure that no matter where you end up in life you’re happy. Change is nothing to be ashamed or afraid of, as long as you know you’re in the right place for you.

With college coming you will have many changes coming your way. Some of those changes can good positive or negative, it’s all about the way you decide to handle it. One of those big changes will be your classes. Depending on what school you choose or what classes you take, your class size can average anywhere from 35-100 students per room. It seems very intimidating to think about, however don’t let it. You will still be able to get your work done and pass that class! A couple different ways to handle this could be to introduce yourself to your professor, get to know them at least on a name basis. If you have any questions or concerns regarding the class or your work professors always have office hours. If you do not know what that is, they are hours your professor is available to help you outside of the classroom. You can email or speak to them and set up a time that works best for the both of you! Typically, they are posted with your syllabus the first day of class. Your syllabus will also have every single assignment and it’s due date on it according to the class you’re in. I have been highly advised to get a planner or desk calendar and write down every single assignment with its due date, that way you know way ahead of time what you have to do and plan accordingly.

Along with classes and the amount of workload you receive comes the dreadful, studying. Yes, everyone hates to study, it’s tiring and boring. Don’t stay in a mindset of I passed every test in high school without studying I can do the same for college. I have been told numerous amounts of time and will stress it to you as well, if you do not study in college you will not pass! I know how awful it is to have to study but there are ways to make it easier. Amber Ciscone had told me to try getting a group of friends from class or even some people you know together. Head to a coffee shop and hangout, study and get your work done. It is always good to have fun while also being serious about getting your studies in.

The last piece of advice I have to offer is to get involved with your school, if you do not it will make your time longer and less enjoyable. Whether you are living on or off campus do something to keep in contact with people. Many ways you can do this is joining sports, clubs or sororities/fraternities. These are fun and easy ways to make your time count while at college. All of these you can find on your schools webpage or when you first go to school, visit the student centers. They can inform you on different things that might interest you and how to sign up. If you think your schedule is too busy to get into a routine type of thing, look at the student center for event nights. Most schools host movie nights, karaoke nights, etc. The list of simple things you could do to get involved on campus are endless. I promise you that you will have a great time no matter what you choose to do.

With all of this being said, I wish everyone in the graduating class of 2019 a congratulations! Remember do not be afraid to do what you love. As long as you’re happy that is all that counts. Best wishes to everyone and many successes in their futures!