I know everyone is struggling to go to their college life, most especially that you are now trying to get away out of your comfort zone, your childhood best friends and friends, your high school sweethearts, your usuals. It’s scary right? Starting something that you’re really new with? But relax; it’s just a few steps easier than you really think it is. I’ve been there so might as well help you guys to make the most out of your college experience!
Here’s a list on how to make your college right and fun:
1. PREPARE: The summer before college
We are talking about one of the biggest change that will happen in your life whether you are ready or not. But hey! Instead of going sentimental about it, why not enjoy your last summer before entering the new world of college. Make this summer the most memorable one. How? Well, you can go on a road trip, go out with your friends, go skinny dipping or do crazy stuffs you’ve never done before! This is your all-time-one-time chance to enjoy your stress-free academic life before college!
2. PACK: THINGS THAT YOU ACTUALLY NEED
Now, it’s time to start packing! Try to segregate the things that are useful to you and the ones that are not, just so your new home will not turn into a storage room for the things that you don’t really need but you still brought because of its sentimental values. So I have here the list of the necessary things that you SHOULD BRING for college:
1.First aid kit
2.Personal Hygiene kit (for face, body, hair, teeth, hands)
3. ADAPT TO THE ENVIRONMENT YOU ARE IN
Because this is all new to you, then you should make yourself at home. Adapt to your new environment. The weather, food, place and most especially the people. This is somehow one of the crucial points of teens going to college, because instead of adapting to the environment that they are newly in, most of them gets culture shocked. So take it slowly. It isn’t easy but you’ll do well if you are in the right path.
4. MAKE FRIENDS WITH GREAT PEOPLE
Yeah. I know you have plenty of friends in your hometown, but you also need to have friends on your new home. You will need moral and emotional support in times when you miss home very badly, in times when you have something to celebrate and in your stressful days. But just a reminder, you can’t be friends with everybody. Make sure that you’ll know them first, before getting into being really friends.
5. SET GOALS AND SURVIVE YOUR CHOSEN LIFE
Be a straight path thinker. College is really difficult most especially that you are now on your next level of learning. Do not be fickle minded. Make sure of your goals because it might be too late to back down one day when you have realized that the path that you have chosen was not really for you. There will be a lot of times when you will struggle, but don’t feel down. Take every obstacle as a challenge for you to hurdle. Continue to work for your dreams. It’s now or never.
6. MANAGE YOUR FINANCES
During college, there will be time when all you’ll want is to hang out with your friends at the coffee shop, go shopping at the mall, experience partying sometimes. But guys, trust me, it will never be that easy. Because even if you feel so free entering college, you’ll still be depending on your parents pocket for your everyday needs in the university. So, you must save for the rainy days. You’ve got to learn to save your money and spend it VERY WISELY. Nevertheless, you can still enjoy the best four years of your college life without spending too much money.
7. YOU ARE YOUR OWN SUPPORT SYSTEM: BE STRONG!
Many times that you’ll feel very lonely and unworthy and you start to doubt yourself if you can make it until the end. Yes, there will be a lot of times like that. You start giving up on things that you aren’t sure of anymore. I know you have friends, but trust me, your friends no matter how real and close you are with each other, will not be there for you 24/7. You also have your family but you are miles away from their comfort. Remember they have their own lives too! You are your own support system when times get really rough. At the end of the day, you only have yourself so be strong! Be strong enough to face everything including life and its animosities.
Nothing can completely prepare you for the life that is waiting for you in college. Just remember to be yourself and to keep your eye on the finish line. And… don’t forget to have fun and enjoy the ride.