UNI ADVICE I WOULD TELL MY FIRST-YEAR SELF
My freshman year experience was the best! But there are a few things that I wish I did differently. I am sharing them on here hoping that you can learn from my mistakes and have an even better year!!
DON'T SPREAD YOURSELF OUT TOO THIN// Trust me you do not need to join five different organizations and try to get leadership roles in all of them. It is important to be involved but limit it to 2-3 orgs it's a great way to make friends and to build a community on campus.
MEET WITH YOU ADVISOR ASAP AND MAKE A GRADUATION PLAN// You should have a notebook that dedicated to your college career.In it have your graduation plan, internships you're interested in pursuing, what you would like to accomplish in college whether it be leadership positions you want in the orgs you're involved in or goals that will sharpen your skills; kind of a vision board for your college life.
GRADES ABOVE ALL// This is the motto I would live by if I could go back in time, I would often sacrifice homework time to work on an event I had to plan or to spend time doing everything and anything that was not homework... Don't be like me. With that being said time management is an essential skill, the sooner you learn it, the better.
FOCUS ON YOUR GENERAL CLASSES YOUR FIRST YEAR// Until you are 100% sure of what you want to study, I would recommend focusing on your general classes. You don't want to have a bunch of courses for a major that you are not interested in pursuing anymore, that can quickly add up to a semester waisted so be sure to have a plan.
FOR THE LOVE OF SWEET BABY JESUS USE A PLANNER// Get a planner and use it!!
KNOW WHEN ITS TO ASK FOR HELP// That's one thing I struggled with a lot, but there is nothing wrong with needing help. Whether you are having trouble with a class or going through something hard, don't wait for the problem to get entirely out of hand before you get help.
KEEP YOUR FINANCES IN CHECK// If you're not financially "mature," this is not the time to get a credit card, max it out and forget about it. It will mess up your credit; you might not care about that now but in 5 years when you want to buy a house trust me you will.
DON'T BUY UNHEALTHY SNACKS// The path to gaining the freshman 15, trust me. Most of the dorm room packing lists will tell you to pack a bunch of microwavable foods and snacks... Again the path to gaining the freshman 15, if you have a meal plan on campus that's even better. A few healthy snacks are good, just don't do crazy everything in moderation.
FIGURE OUT AND UTILIZE THE RESOURCES ON YOUR CAMPUS// A lot of campuses are full of resources that students don't take advantage of, which makes no sense because you already paid for those services.So figure out what is available to you and utilize them.
TIPS( AKA THINGS IM GLAD I DID)
-Save the University Police Contact information on your phone
-Get pepper spray, don't wait for an accident to happen
-If you go out, know how you're getting home
-ALWAYS share your location with someone
-You probably hear about this a lot but call your parents they do miss you... Don't be an asshole.
-If you're an out of state or an international student getting involved is twice as important, having a solid community on campus can make your uni experience so much better