College shouldn’t just be the next step after high school. It is the beginning of new opportunities and choices that you will make in your life’s course. It is important to consider the entire picture when making decisions about the new world into which you will enter.
When you are preparing for college, create a list of the items you need. Being ready for school is key. This is especially true when attending a college that is far away.
Don’t set unrealistic goals for yourself when scheduling classes and work. Avoid scheduling early classes if you hate early mornings. Know your internal body clock so you can make your schedule flow with it the best it can.
If you worry about your ability to adjust to a college workload, then consider taking a study skills class. Many students that got high grades in high school may not know how to study in college. A class that focuses on study skills will get you on track.
Whether you’re a guy or a girl, it’s a good idea to go to a gym whenever you can on campus. You can work out during the day, and meet other active students. Then your exercise time also becomes a social time too.
If you plan to move to a different state, or if you are going to live on the campus, think about whether you really need to bring your car. Large cities with limited parking might not be the best campuses to count on bringing your car to. In addition, it can be tough to afford gas, insurance and registration for your car when you do not have a job.
To avoid the dreaded “freshman 15,” maintain a healthy diet and avoid simple carbs. Avoid eating unhealthy foods. Stick to produce, whole grains and low-fat dairy to keep energy levels high. Try not to build your diet just around protein, as that is not optimal for your health.
Wait to buy your books until after your classes begin. You might not even need all of the recommended books. Online classes rarely require you to actually purchase the book, although often times it is on the syllabus. Many find that the material covered online and in lectures provides enough knowledge to succeed.
Instead of selecting classes that are known to be “easy,” choose those that are challenging and interesting. It is very rewarding to challenge yourself. You learn more from harder classes and you make more ambitious friends.
If you find you need income, many college have an department that handles job offers on or off campus for students. They can help you find a job when you are done with school and they can also find you a job on or off campus.
Now, with your new knowledge of the realities of college, it is time to start planning. College can be a new beginning for you. It’s crucial to learn all you can.