It’s getting close to school starting again, and many first years are flocking to their orientations. Having worked with first year students for over 3 years now, I know quite a bit about the expectations and realities of first years. Here is what I see the most, and think everyone should know.
Find Someone To Help You
My school has already set up a program, which I work for, that helps first years transition to college by giving them a mentor. Not every school has this in place however, so it’s important to find someone who can help you through the years. This can be another student, a professor, or an adviser. Having a go-to person makes the whole experience so much easier.
Don’t Go Home On Weekends
This is certainly geared towards those who live on-campus and live close enough to home they can drive their every weekend. Just cause you can, doesn’t mean you should. I guarantee you will feel distant and disassociated with your school if you go home every weekend. It’s really hard to be away from home , but I guarantee it will benefit you more in the long run.
Don’t Expect To Know What You Want To Major In Right Away
You’re 18, you do not need to have your entire life figured out. Even if you think you know, you will probably change your mind. I technically changed my major twice in college, from undeclared to photography to my current special major. Be willing to explore and figure out what you’re really passionate and motivated to do.
Expect the Unexpected
I always, always tell people that you can plan for everything, and the one thing that actually happens is the thing you didn’t plan for. I did not expect to be dropped from all of my classes before my second semester of my first year because of tuition, but it happened. And even being trained as a mentor, one of our sayings is 1/3 planned, 2/3 unplanned, because you can’t anticipate everything.
Any tips you have for first years? Let me know with a comment.