Sending those high school graduates off to college? We know … the first year can be mind-boggling for both students and parents. After all, transitioning to college requires a tremendous amount of preparation, adaptation and discipline. Students are on their own for the first time, and parents are forced to step back and let them make their own mistakes. But, there has to be a way to survive freshman year, right?
You bet there is! The key is maintaining balance in everything … work, play, sleep and even food! Read on to discover tips for a successful first year of college.
Get your Zzzzz’s
We all know the importance of sleep for optimal health. Proper sleep makes you look and feel better. It also heightens performance levels. So skip the school-night partying, turn off the TV and smartphone, and get a full night’s sleep.
Coupled with appropriate amounts of sleep, exercise helps you look and feel great! It also fights stress and wards off disease. Simply take a 30-minute brisk walk each evening … it will even help minimize the dreaded Freshmen 15!!
A big part of maintaining your health is making healthy food choices. Skip the pizza and opt for veggies, whole grains, fruit and lean protein.
Use on-campus support
Disorganization, stress, time management, or tutoring — whatever your struggle, you’re not alone. Most universities provide counselors, study groups, tutoring and assistance with stress management. Take advantage of these resources.
Get involved on campus
Getting homesick is a common issue for first-year students. Consider joining one of the many student organizations available at your school such as fraternities and sororities or sports teams. You will meet new people and feel more connected to your school.
Prioritize your life
Waiting until the last minute to write that essay or cram for a midterm won’t cut it in college. Buy a calendar, write your deadlines for assignments, studying, etc., and stick to it!
Most importantly, give it your all, be true to yourself … and call your mother! Good luck!