July is the month of new beginnings. After finally getting over high school results, it is time to gear up for you new innings called “college”. College shall be the best time of your life. An important part is that however successful (or unsuccessful) you might have been in school life will not matter in college. It is like writing a new chapter of your life from a fresh new page.
Here are the 5 crucial do’s and don’ts which if kept in mind can ease your anxiety and confusion in the first semester:
1. The first day:
NEVER miss the first day. In most of the colleges, the first day will be an orientation of your course and will give you a sneak peek about how your rest of the years at college are going to be. The subjects and their professors, the specializations and career prospects will be introduced to you. Pay attention to all the details, but don’t judge too much.
Keep a habit of interacting with people from all departments. Find your own bunch of people. They might be like you or your very opposite but if it clicks, these could be some life long buddies. If you’re lucky, you’ll get to befriend your professor. If you’re an introvert, don’t worry, there’s no pressure. Just take one step at a time.
3. Get out of your comfort zone:
College life will make you witness a lot of activities which go on throughout the year. They may be in-house or at inter-college level. Try your best to participate in them. They will add up to certificates in your resume or learnings in your memoir. If you want to find what is hidden, move out of your comfort zone.
4. Maintain a balance:
Apart from enjoying the college life, make sure your academics do not suffer. Some days you might feel that it is monotonous but try and be a little organized. (Little secret: All projects and exam preparation will happen just before the D-day. At times because of you, at times because of your friends!)
5. Peer Pressure and losing track:
Provided the freedom you get once you enter college, many lose a track of time and this leads to piling up of work. Not only that, a careless attitude of spending a lot of money on unnecessary expenditures, acquiring habits which affect the health adversely due to the influence of peer pressure and looking cool, procrastinating and doing nothing; may lead to your downfall. It takes a good amount of willpower to stay away from these. Learn to say no. Be firm, yet polite.
Now that you have made it to the college of your choice, do not be anxious or pressurized. Remember that you have put in a lot of hard work to reach here. As they say,
The bad news is that college time flies. The good news is that you are the pilot.