10 Tips On Surviving Your First Month of College/University
It's a new week and time is counting down for you students to get your head back in your books! Being a college and university graduate I thought I'd share some survival tips to those returning and those starting out! So scroll down and let's get into these tips!
- STAY ON TOP OF YOUR SYLLABUS: Prof's don't hand them out/send them out for nothing. You're given it to allow yourself time to start/research and consider your next assignments. So FROM THE BEGINNING. Look AHEAD! Take note as you go and start EARLY!!!!
- KEEP YOURSELF ORGANIZED: Whether it's a daily planner, your phone, or a calendar. Find a means of keeping yourself organized from day one. Note your assignment dates and other important dates. Give yourself or note smart start/research times so you're NEVER doing last minute or rushing missing useful content!
- FIND A PROGRAM/CLASS BUDDY: Not only is this important for the sake of having a friend or someone who you can bounce ideas off of. It's also helpful if you want or need help with notes on a day you might miss. You need to have someone who gets what you're going through!
- LOOK ONLINE BEFORE YOU BUY: I can't tell you how much money I could have saved if I had looked ONLINE for books/ course content before I went and bought them. So when you get your book list. LOOK online, check fb groups that are catered to your program because people are often selling them the following year. SAVE MONEY if you can!!
- TAKE IT ALL IN: One thing I can suggest you do is every so often, stop and take it all in. Your taking steps that will affect the rest of your life and the courses you will take will shape your adult mind and ideologies and the way you interact in & with the world. So stop and take in the steps you're taking, and breath in the responsibility you have, for yourself and in regards to the rest of your life.
- EXPLORE: Whether it's your new campus grounds, or a thought/idea. Allow yourself to explore. During this time of your life you're in an environment that encourages it and get's excited by it. So allow yourself to explore and and think outside the box!
- CONNECT: Connect with others - look for like minded people and connect. Seek others with thoughts/ideologies that are DIFFERENT from yours and have a conversation. As I've noted, this is the time of your life where your thoughts/ideologies really start to form, so to be a better informed adult, it's good to hear other peoples thoughts/cultures etc.
- DON'T STRESS YOURSELF OUT: If you take head of my steps noted above, your stress level should be fairly low. Just remember, you're mainly in control of what you do with this time, how much you invest in it and how well you do. So plan, take steps AHEAD of time and the stress level should be low!
- LEARN HOW YOU WORK: Try to get to know your studying style/ work style asap! If you know noise is distracting, invest in ear plugs or listen to "concentration music" online or your Ipod, or the sounds of nature - especially if you can't get to such a space regularly! Do you study well with background noise? Do you study well in the morning? In the library? or at home? Are you a hand written note taker or a computer note taker? Can you record your professor and listen back to him/her? Ask if you can, most profs will consent to it if you ask.
- DON'T BE TOO SERIOUS: Remember to laugh, enjoy yourself, take breaks and have fun. You can only study so much and for so long before you stop learning/retaining. So remember to take breaks. Even doctors before they became doctors took breaks!!