First of all, congratulations to all the recent grads. What you’ve accomplished is no small feat, so give yourselves a pat on the back. At this point, you’re probably super excited, if not mildly freaking out, about what lies ahead. Well, hopefully this post will help assuage some of your concerns and get you pumped about embarking upon the adventure that is higher education.
- Harry H. Harrison Jr.’s book 1001 Things Every College Student Should Know is a must! Some of you might have received it as a graduation gift, so before you toss it aside and forget about it, open it and get some wisdom. It’s packed full of useful tips on everything from campus life to surviving on a shoestring budget. It helped me get a leg up on what to expect, and I’m sure it will for you too.
- For tons of engaging articles on a variety of subjects pertaining to college students, visit survivingcollegelife.com. They’ve made it their mission to be a resource for students throughout their college experience and beyond, providing insider information on living with roommates, forming good study habits, and even low-cost grocery shopping (no, you don’t have to live off of Ramen noodles!)
- One of the most important tips that I can give is to be prepared. Striking out on your own takes a lot of prep work, so get started early. A lot of stores provide comprehensive lists of all the items you’ll need to survive your first year of college. My personal favorite is issued by Bed Bath &Beyond. They’ve pretty much thought of everything, so it takes the guess work out of the equation.
- My next tip is to get involved. While you aren’t practically required to do this like you were in high school, it’s still an important aspect of the college experience to consider. Not only will you involvement in student activities connect you with your school and provide an avenue for making new friends, it could serve you well in your future job search. Don’t be afraid to step outside of your comfort zone. If you’ve always wanted to start and underwater rock-paper-scissors club, now is the time to do it!
- Lastly, you want to embrace the ensuing change and face it head on. This is one of the most exciting times of your life, so view it as such. Yes, I will admit, it was very difficult at first to leave behind everything I had always known, but once I moved past this, the world started to open up for me. You have so much potential; don’t let a little thing like fear keep you from making an impact!
Again, congratulations on all of your achievements. Best of luck in all of your endeavors, and be sure to keep in touch!