Going to college can be amazing! Take that first step towards adulthood; learn to juggle classes, homework and your social life on your own; navigate a new campus and new friends and much more. However, it can also be daunting to have so many changes so quickly. But change can be good, even if it’s nerve-wracking. Here are some ways to cope with new experiences and manage your college experience instead of letting it rule you.
Don’t be afraid to test the waters
College is a great time and place to try things you’ve never done before. There are so many new and exciting things happening on and around a college campus. Tasty dishes and fun activities are around every corner. Trying new things is a great way to grow and learn about yourself. Don’t be afraid to go to that dance class with your friends or order from a new restaurant with your roommates. Why not attend a club meeting for something you’ve always wanted to try? Who knows, maybe it’s your new favorite hobby. You may not be a fan of everything you do, but it’s part of learning how to make your time in college great.
Don’t overload yourself
Your first week of college will provide you with plenty of opportunities to explore and find your place on campus. Clubs, Greek life, hobbies, jobs, new friends, and new roommates can fill your schedule even before you go to your first class.
While it’s important to create your own college experience, time management can only go so far. Instead of committing to everything at once, add just one or two commitments at the start. If you feel confident after a semester, you can try adding something else.
Serving your needs first
When you’re frantically writing that paper you forgot until the eve of the deadline, a shower or a meal might be the last thing on your mind. With so many changes that come with starting college, it might seem like there are more important things to do than take care of yourself, but keeping yourself happy and healthy is one of the best things you can do. you can do.
Make time for yourself to eat, shower, and relax (even if you have to schedule it). Making time for yourself means you can choose what you want to do, whether it’s reading a book, playing games with friends, going out or hitting the gym. You can also make an appointment with your university’s counseling center for more specific ways to help you relax. Your mind and body will thank you!
Stay in touch with your roots
It’s easy to get lost in the exciting experience of college, especially if you’re away from home and family. Homesickness is real and you are not alone if you experience it. Luckily, you have a whole community back home that you can reach out to! A simple text or phone call can help alleviate homesickness, and everyone back home really wants to know how you’re doing in college.
If you can, take a trip to your hometown during a break or a long weekend to really reconnect. Many colleges also offer cultural clubs and organizations so you can reconnect with your culture and help make campus your home away from home.
Remember that you will make mistakes!
Trying new things and accepting change also means accepting mistakes when they happen. You may fail a test, forget an important club meeting, or show up late for work, but that doesn’t mean it’s all getting worse (though it may seem like it right now).
The most important thing you can do when you make a mistake is to breathe and learn from it. Reaching out to family, friends, and teachers can help you figure out what to do next. Remember, this is your college experience and it’s up to you to make it the best it can be!