If you are reading this post then I owe you a huge congratulations! You did it!!! You are in college! Never forget what an achievement you have made!
I was sitting in your same position a little over two years ago. I now find myself graduating early and approaching my senior year with more excitement than I could have ever imagined. The feeling of being able to attend your dream school never really wears off. To prepare you for your first year on campus, I’m going to provide you some key need to know tips!
First and foremost, always dress cooler than the weather says if you’re attending college in Southern California! You will be doing so much walking, like unfathomable amounts of walking. No matter if it looks cool or is in the high 50s, wear a t-shirt, trust me.That being said, always pack a sweater in your bag because the classrooms, without a doubt, will have the air conditioning cranked. On the note of walking, make sure you have a really comfortable backpack that you don’t overstuff. Bringing your textbooks to go to the library after class may seem like a good idea, but when you’re having to walk 25 minutes from the dorms or from your apartment to get there, the weight of your load really starts to kick in.
Second, YOU ARE MOVING TO A NEW PLACE! It doesn’t matter whether you’re moving across the country or 20 minutes away from home, adjustments can be difficult! Take stock in this and allow yourself to have time to acclimate. Maybe explore the area by getting a coffee or going to the club fair before school to get further exposure to campus. Whatever you do, the campus, and the surrounding town for that matter, may seem so large but it all begins to make sense after a couple of weeks!
Third, it is initially going to feel so overwhelming! With sports games, clubs, sorority rush, school and ext, your head may be in a constant spinning state during your first quarter or semester. This is all great, don’t worry. Just remember your interests and what you want out of college. There are, seriously, clubs for everything! If you can think of it, you can find it. My biggest advice is don’t take too much on at once. First maybe start with one club and see how that goes with your classes. Then your second quarter, if you feel you have more time on your hands, explore more and look at things that will meet your interests.
Lastly, remember that you have what it takes to go to your dream school. Never doubt your abilities or shy away from expressing your thoughts because you made it here. You are exceptional and your dream school is the place to let that flourish!
That is what I wished I would have known before attending college! Good luck this fall, you’re going to crush it!