- try not to stress too much about packing, but don’t leave it all to the last minute either
- get in touch with your roommate(s) as soon as possible to coordinate over things like electronics/furniture/etc.
- get yourself a planner or calendar
- write your schedule on a whiteboard or big piece of paper, and then hang it up on the wall in a place where you’ll see it
- all the papers and maps and schedules and laundry room codes and bathroom codes and mailbox numbers and crap that they dump on you during freshman week? take pictures of everything on your phone and then make a folder of it, so that you’ll have it on you wherever you go. And then keep all the actual paper copies in a folder in your desk drawer or backpack.
- separate folders for all your classes. seriously. it’s important. losing papers sucks. (you don’t have to go all out; manila folders work just fine. that’s what I did.)
- Keep your alarm far away from your bed, so that you actually have to get up and turn it off. That’ll reduce your chances of hitting snooze and just falling back asleep.
- It’s okay if you’re not best friends with your roommate(s). Just try to be polite and coexist. But make sure you guys establish your boundaries early on.
- It really helped me to walk around the campus a bunch on my own and figure out where everything was. Walking to the classrooms of all my classes the day before they actually started saved me a lot of stress the next morning.
- Figure out where your dorm is in relation to other buildings on campus during daylight hours, because getting lost in the dark is not fun.
- Get into the habit of writing all your homework assignments down
- HERE IS WHERE WE’RE GOING TO TALK ABOUT SKIPPING CLASS:
- (a lot of people will tell you a lot of things about skipping class, and different things work for different people. So this is just my two cents)
- Don’t skip during the first two weeks. Just don’t. I know it’s going to be really stressful being away from home, and adjusting to the new environment and the idea of being constantly surrounded by people is going to be exhausting, but the first few classes are usually when all the important stuff gets explained. Missing them will really shoot you in the foot. It’s also just not a habit you want to fall into right away.
- Professors will usually tell you how many absences they’ll permit before they start docking grades. WRITE. THAT. DOWN.
- Always always always keep track of how many lessons you’ve skipped for each class, if/when you do end up skipping.
- Mental health days can be important, but try not to do it too much? You’ll wanna try to save up your skips for unexpected things, like food poisoning/the flu/having to go home for a funeral/getting stuck working on a giant project in another class that you need to take the whole day off to finish
- But do take care of yourself. If you’re sick, stay in. But try to e-mail your professor BEFORE class (the before is important. They like that) to explain that you aren’t coming in.
- Really really try your best to go to as many classes as you can though. Seriously. Missing notes/pop quizzes sucks, and it’s a giant hassle trying to get caught up.
- SOCIALIZING SECTION!!!
- It will be stressful. It’s okay not to know what you’re doing. No one does.
- During the first few weeks, go to all the corny events and get-togethers that you can. It’s the best way to meet people before they’ve all settled into groups.
- If you’re getting a bunch of people’s phone numbers, it helps to write distinguishing characteristics/where you met them in their contact information (Joe Smith Newspaper, Jordan Miller Shakespeare Class, Sarah Jones Church)
- It’s okay not to have a giant friend group or be super duper social. But try not to spend all of your time in your dorm. My own personal plan for my first semester was to go out at least once a month. By the end of freshman year, I had plans just about every weekend. It might take some time, but you’ll find your people eventually.
- Go outside your comfort zone every once in a while. This was really, really hard for me, but I was almost always really glad that I did. I went for a really long time without having any close friends, and then I finally mustered up my courage and asked a girl in my Shakespeare class if she wanted to see a movie with me, and that was literally all it took for the two of us to become friends.
- Get involved with a group if you can work it into your schedule. One of the coolest people in my life currently was somebody I met through working with the newspaper.
- Don’t feel like you have to go out every weekend. It’s okay to take time for yourself and watch movies and relax.
- Call home when you can.
- Be that nerdy teacher’s pet suck-up. Talk to your professors after class. Ask questions. Go to office hours. E-mail them about homework. If they feel like you care about their class, they’ll be a lot more understanding in icky situations (also, a lot of times they’re just really cool people, so talking to them is fun)
- dropping a class does not make you a failure. if it’s too hard for you, drop it. do it as early as you can.
- Try not to psych yourself out
- Nobody knows what they’re doing
- You’re not alone
- Deep breaths
- It’ll be okay
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If you scroll past this I am going to assume your name is Hans.
I couldn’t not reblog…
Oh hans, if only you could reblog this.
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