How To Survive Your First Week At College

If you have just finished high school, you are about to embark on one of the biggest adventures of your life, as you set off for college or university.

Once you have arrived safely, one of the first hurdles you will have to negotiate is the first week. Fledgeling students are flung headlong into college life where they will spend the next seven days finding their feet and learning a little more about themselves. This week will mark your first foray into life as a student. Tread carefully, and you will have the time of your life.

Plan ahead

Finances are always tight when you are a student, and those initial funds won’t last long. So avoid the temptation to spend spend spend and be sure to budget carefully for the months ahead. Hopefully, you will have managed to save some money from a summer job to boost your bank balance so resist the urge to blow it all in the first week and put it aside to help with the purchase of any books and equipment that you are going to need. Remember, the campus ATM is not a bottomless pit so think twice before each withdrawal that you make.

Stay Active

With money in your pocket you may be tempted to join a local health club, but think again! Your student budget definitely won’t stretch to a gym membership. Instead keep up to date with all the health and fitness news online, where you can read some reviews about piyo and then go for a run to feel energized and decompress. Remember to take advantage of the gym/exercise equipment available for all students at your school. At most schools all you need is your valid student ID to have access to everything you need to be active.

Be Yourself

When meeting new people, it can be tempting to portray yourself as someone that you are not. Just remember that you are going to be living alongside these people full time now and any lies or embellishments are guaranteed to come back and bite you. Stay true to yourself and people will like you for who you are. Don’t feel overwhelmed by peer pressure and be proud of your faith!

Get out there

Socializing and making new friends does not come easily. If you are shy by nature, then the prospect of attending social events with a group of strangers will be daunting, to say the least. Be aware, that many others will be feeling just the same as you, so take a deep breath and introduce yourself to just one person. You could make a friend for life.

TCB (Take Care of Business)

Finally, it is important that you do your homework. Aside from all the parties and socials this week there will also be a lot of administrative tasks to complete ahead of the new college year. Make sure that you stay on top of any paperwork and always attend any mandatory meetings. You may be feeling a little worse for wear, but sorting out the preliminary issues will mean that you can hit the ground running when classes begin.