Tips for Surviving your First Year of College

Adriana Sanchez, Reporter for the Silver Script

Whether you are entering as a first generation college student or not, the transition from high school to college can be difficult; here are some tips to help you get by.

 

  1. Prior to your first day at school, visit the campus during the summer to get a feel of the place. If you are living on campus, learn where your classes are and how far away they are from your dorm. Know where the nearest bathrooms, libraries, dining centers, etc. are. This will save you from a lot of wasted time looking for certain places on campus.

 

  1. Live on campus your first year. Everyone in your hall is most likely going through the same thing, such as leaving home for the first time and experiencing being away from family. Each hall will consist of a Resident Assistant (RA), who will go out of their way and hold regular hall meetings so hallmates can get to know each other better. Residence Halls are way more social, as events are constantly held to build up a sense of community and unity among each other.

 

  1. If you are living on campus and get a roommate, this will be a scary, yet thrilling new experience. Prior to moving in together, it is a good idea to contact each other and get a feel of each other’s personality. This way, you will know what they are like and it won’t be awkward on move-in day. Also, set up some rules within your room, apart from hall rules. This way, boundaries are set and you both understand that if the rules are not being met, consequences can arise. Talk to them when issues are occurring, ignoring them will only make tension rise and can end up where you can’t even stand each other.

 

  1. GET A JOB! If you don’t already have a job, find a job on campus. There are always places on campus hiring, whether it be working in the dining area, an office, the library, etc. Job positions are always available, as many schools offer a work-study program. A work-study program is a federally funded program that helps students pay for costs associated with college through part-time work. This will not only help with outside expenses, but it will also build up your resume and allow you to meet new people outside of your friendship circle.

 

  1. When looking for textbooks for classes, don’t buy new books. Usually, campus bookstores offer all the books you need, but at a higher cost. You need to scavenge through numerous websites to compare prices and find the best deals that work for you. Renting textbooks allows you to have the textbook at your fingertips at a low cost, on the condition that you have to return them. Another option includes getting a digital copy of the book. Although many prefer physical print copies, digital copies are much cheaper. Lastly, check the campus library to see if there are any copies to rent or if there are copies on reserve, meaning that the textbook is available for any student to use within the library doors. Although it is a good alternative, you have to be willing to have limited use of the book as others may also be in need of it.

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