College Transition Counseling
For the first time, you are responsible for your decisions about time management, studying, eating, socializing, finances and health. Plus, you may sleep less and face the dreaded “freshman 15 pounds.”
Success during your first semester relies on achieving a balanced lifestyle.
College Transition Counseling will help you organize yourself well and manage your time wisely to achieve balance and succeed in all aspects of college life.
15 Tips for Freshman Year
- Splurge on organizing materials. Do it to preserve sanity as you find your free time slowly slipping away.
- Make friends with an older student that can help make your first year easier.
- Go to class – it is SO tempting to miss class and get another student’s notes, but you’ll definitely miss out.
- Become involved in several community service activities and extracurricular activities.
- Keep up a hobby – dance class, computer games, pottery.
- Manage your time. If you spend all your time at the library, you won’t appreciate college very much.
- Make friends with your residential assistant. They can be really helpful and you never know when you will need them.
- Learn to say “No”. Mom and Dad are miles away now, and there’s no one to stand up for you but you.
- If you have a problem with your roommate, address it immediately or it will grow into a bigger situation than is needed.
- Exercise! Take some time each day to exercise; it will help you relieve the stress and fight the infamous freshman 15 pounds.
- Get plenty of sleep. Get enough sleep so you’ll be prepared to deal with all the pressures and stressful situations.
- Start spontaneous conversations with people. Always remember that you have nothing to lose.
- Don’t party too hard. This is one of the main reasons most kids don’t succeed their first few years in school.
- Don’t forget the contacts and friends you had in high school; they can be there for you more than you will ever know.
- Support the efforts of your friends. See their plays. Go to their exhibitions. This’ll encourage them to do the same for you, and before you know it, you’ll build a real, meaningful social and intellectual community.