Being a freshman in college can be an overwhelming experience. The new freedom that comes from a less-structured schedule can cause difficulty with even the most flexible of students. Many college students feel like they have a lot of free time, but realize too late there are a number of things they should have been doing in that time.
You can’t make the good grades if you do not know when assignments are due or what the assigned readings are. Each instructor will give you a syllabus with the entire course outline. Make note of important assignment due dates and tests in a student planner. This will allow you to look ahead in case several large assignments are all due near the same time and plan accordingly.
Some people find that keeping a binder or binder section for each class helps them keep everything together. This gives you a place to keep your syllabuses, class notes, handouts and past assignments all in one easily-accessible location. At the end of the semester you can put the materials in a file folder and re-use the binders.
There are a lot of activities for college students that will allow them to develop their talents and discover new ones. Most schools have a student life department that deals solely with student activities. Make sure you get a schedule of events and attend things you are interested in. It would not hurt to try new things. If you don’t like it, you can always go back to the dorm.
Get Enough Sleep
Now that mom and dad are not there to remind you to go to bed, it is up to you to take care of your body. You adults still need seven to nine hours of sleep per night.
Use Good Study Habits
The general guideline for study requirements per course are three hours per week per credit hour. For example, a three credit geology class should require nine hours of outside class reading and preparation.
This is a general guideline and will not apply for all classes, but if you are spending much less time than this in all your classes, you may need to evaluate the amount of work you are putting into the classes and spend more time studying. You should use this time to not only complete the required readings, but also to learn the material for upcoming tests and scheduled assignments.
The rumors about the “freshman fifteen” are not rumors. Many women, and men too, gain weight their first year of college. Midnight pizza runs, unlimited buffets in many dining halls and reduced activity are several causes of this weight gain. A balanced, healthy diet will help you keep up with the vigorous schedule that college requires.
Make New Friends
In college, living in close quarters often results in friendships being formed quickly. Many freshman roommates recall late nights sharing stories about themselves and their wishes for the future. Many lifelong friendships begin in college.
Keep In Touch
You are making new friends, but it is still important to keep in touch with old friends and family. Email, social networking sites and cell phones mean that you can update many people at once and at your own convenience. Your mom will appreciate hearing from you.