College “adulting” is this weird stage of not being a kid anymore, but still not being fully recognized by other adults as an adult. I generally refer to myself as a big kid or young adult because I don’t really feel like either. Trust me, you’ll understand soon if you don’t already.
I’ve been doing the “adulting” thing for three years now, so I can give you a few of my best tips to hopefully give you a little one-up on the rest of the incoming freshmen. I wish I could give you more, but here are five because I can’t give away all my best secrets.
- College is busy. You’ll be trying to balance 4-5 classes, work and social life, so get a planner and ACTUALLY USE IT. Keep yourself organized so you don’t miss deadlines or overbook yourself. Create a routine for yourself and stick to it.
- Keep a packet of tissues in your backpack. You won’t find a tissue box in any classroom on campus. Also carry band-aids because you WILL get blisters walking to class.
- Buy used books or rent them on Amazon. Used books will have notes scribbled in them which helps extremely if you don’t actually intend on doing the reading.
- Sit in the front of the class. You’ll focus more, retain information and your professor will likely recognize you and remember you while grading.
- Take all the free things: t-shirts, pens, pizza. That’s where your tuition money is going.
I hope these tips help you as much as they have helped me. Best of luck to you!