So you’ve finally made it. Whether you’ve just started your first semester of college living on campus or living in an apartment or a house by yourself, there are some things to consider as you take this academic year head-on.
1. Make a budget and follow it!
It’s easy to get carried away buying stuff online because you’re that excited about receiving packages or doing fun things or buying stuff from Target you don’t really need. Whether you are working and schooling full time or not working at all, planning a budget can help you manage your money while you live on or off campus! Using a budget app can help you look at your monthly expenses in many areas and help you save money in the long run.
2. Schedule time to sit down and do homework or study everyday.
I mean, let’s be honest, studying or doing homework isn’t that great. It’s easy to get caught up in extracurricular and social activities that leave you at the end of the week having accomplished little homework. But if you take the time to study every day for your classes or schedule time for homework, it will benefit you and help you achieve the best grades you can while managing your time wisely.
3. Do extracurricular activities!
Yeah, I know I just told you to schedule time to study and do homework and all, but doing extracurricular stuff is important too. Join clubs! Do sports! Work a job! Do whatever! Volunteer for stuff that will look good for a future career/graduate school applications later on. You’ll probably have more time to do this now rather than later.
4. Be yourself!
This is Lion King-esque I know, but it’s important. It’s easy to let yourself change your ideals to fit in with other people you first meet your freshman year. You don’t need to do that. I mean, people change and you might be still trying to find out who you are and that’s okay. But you don’t need to go to great lengths to do so! Looking back now, I don’t even talk to the people I met when I started my first semester of college. You’ll find your niche and really great friends can come out of this whole experience!!
I could go on and on with tips and stories I’ve acquired over the past few years, but that’s for another day. These may as well be the best dang years of your life, so make the most of it! Let’s have a great year everyone!!
The awesome thing about college is the amount of free time you have compared to what you had in high school! However, that can be a bad thing as well. With all this new found free time, it seems harder to get assignments done and study ahead for tests. In order for me to get everything done, I have to study someplace other than my dorm room. I feel that when I’m in my room, I get distracted more easily. So throughout my year and a half here at Fontbonne, I have found some great study spots that help me focus. Maybe they can help you as well!
One of my favorite spots to study is on the 2nd floor of the library in the little study rooms. I think they are perfect to hang out in for a couple hours because you can easily get your work done there. The study rooms have big tables that I use to spread out all my books and papers on. The study rooms are probably my favorite place on campus to study!
Another study spot of mine is the first floor of Medaille in the AMC. I like studying at the tall tables between the row of computers. While it is not as secluded as the study rooms in the library, I still find myself getting a decent amount of work done there. At least a lot more work than what I would get done in my room!
I hope that you check some of these study spots out on campus because I think you’ll find yourself getting a lot of homework done like I find myself!
If I had to look back at freshman year and compare it to this year as a sophomore, for starters I would say that I am a heck of a lot busier this year. As a freshman I was mainly confused as to what was going on since it was my first time in college just like everyone else around me. I had to learn the ropes and the flow to the campus like how the semester was and such. Sure I made mistakes and learned from those mistakes especially in terms of planning my time. Now that I know the mistakes I have taken what I know and thought of plans to avoid them again. I plan my time out as best as I can and make sure to seek help when things seem to become too overwhelming before it is too late.
My homework load as a freshman was not that bad I would say, since I was making sure to take enough credit hours that I could handle primarily. So homework was never too much but also not too little. Usually I always had something to do each night unless I was free and worked ahead on some courses. This year I can say that I have a lot more homework since I am also balancing a practicum for the first time. So far I know that I am doing well because my grades are still high, but once I finish an assignment, I always have another one just waiting for me to complete before the dead line. Now I can say that I have not been waiting till the last minute to begin an assignment, though sometimes I have my little moments. I mean we all do.
Last year I was not a part of any clubs or groups as much as I am now. Just the other day I had a few classmates say “Sarah you are really involved and on campus practically all the time.” Well I guess I can take that as a compliment because I like to know that people may think I am involved or see me a lot. I know I see a list of friends at least once every day and if not then definitely the next day. I am not saying that I don’t like being involved, but when a person is involved I believe that they really become a part of the campus. That very person is actively giving a part of his or her time and talent into the university, whether it be by giving tours as an ambassador or being an officer in a club. It doesn’t matter what exactly the person is doing on campus but just that they are giving of their time.