So it’s that time of year again when we are all getting ready to go back to school and college. So in today’s post, I thought that I would share with you some tips that I have learned in the last three years of college. I am currently on placement so I won’t be heading back to college till January, but to think this is my last year in college is so sad! I have loved it so much, it was definitely one of the best decisions I’ve ever made!
College is a completely different experience than school, there are no teachers checking you are doing all your work, there are no bells to tell you to be in a certain place or how much of a lunch to take off, it will be the first time in your school experience that you will actually be treated like an adult. Finally!
Your first year in University is all about making friends and meeting new people so make sure that you do that as everyone is in the same boat as you! Don’t get me wrong it can be so daunting going into a strange place where you don’t know anyone, especially for someone like me who is an introvert who is really shy around new people. The one thing I told myself going into college was that I had to take all the opportunities to socialise that I could, even if my anxiety was telling me no. I did okay, of course there where times when I turned down opportunities due to feeling too anxious but over all I was proud of myself and made some amazing friends who are my best friends today!
One thing you will do when you get used to college, is you will begin to take advantage of the fact that no one is telling you what to do or where to be. Every student does it when they get comfortable, especially in their second and third years. Honestly, I was really bad for skipping classes and getting a longer rest in bed or taking a longer lunch when I was in second year, but make sure you don’t if you want good grades. A few times is fine of course but doing it often can be very dangerous as when lecturers notice the pattern, they tend to use it to their advantage and tell vital information for exams so make sure not to skip often as it can have some bad consequences!
One of the biggest tips I can give is balance! College is going to be one of the best times of your life, trust me its amazing! But you also have to remember that you are there for a reason and its not all fun and games. So make sure to take notes in all your classes and study every week so that it all doesn’t pile up on you, if you thought school had a lot of work, college is even more challenging! What makes it seem nicer is that it is the subject or topic that you know you like, but it still takes a lot of work. So make sure you find yourself a nice place where you can study often.
Take advantage of the library facilities, this may seem obvious to some but when I started college, I used to only study in my room at my college home but never use the library as I thought it would be too noisy and my concentration can go so quickly when I try and study that I need to be focused all the time. Last year was the first time I really tried to study in the library and I actually really enjoyed it. As much as you can enjoy studying I suppose 😛 So definitely try it out if you are finding it hard to focus and get work done at home 🙂
If your university is anything like mine it will have a bar and cafe/restaurant on campus so make sure you don’t get sucked into spending all your money in there. Try and bring a packed lunch as you will be surprised how much money you would spend every week! Trust me I learnt the hard way haha, also make sure you don’t go to the bar between classes, this is one thing I never done but a lot of people did and it was a downhill spiral with their college/social life balance. Once in a while is fine but personally I wouldn’t recommend it until your college day is finished. 🙂
If you are moving into accommodation, decorating your room how you like actually makes a big difference to how you will feel about the place you live. Within my three years in college, I have lived in 2 apartments and one house, I didn’t decorate my room for the first year and I’m sad that I didn’t as I realised in second year that it made such a difference when I was spending time by myself, that it felt more homely and happier than four blank white walls.
So that is all the tips and advice I have for todays post, I might do another similar post soon if you guys would like to here more tips? Good luck to everyone starting, you will love it and be sure to make the most of it! Let me know you thoughts on college and any tips you have in the comments. See you in my next post.
Thank you for reading,