College Life

Whether you are preparing for college, or already attending it, there is so much to be said about it! From schoolwork to the social scene, college is full of activities that are challenging and fun. The host of our college blog is a current college student that has great stories and advice about everything college! You can now know what the life of a college student is really like…

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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.



How To Form A Social Life When You First Start College


Now that the summer is officially in swing, you’re probably planning a lot of fun activities to do (and then enjoying them). But if you’ve just finished high school, you may also be enjoying what feels like your last summer in your home town too. And that can feel bittersweet. On one hand, you’re sad to be leaving your home behind, but on the other hand, you’re excited to start college. If you’re getting your preparations underway as well this summer, you’ve probably got a lot on your mind. One of those things will definitely be how you’re going to make friends. So, if you’re moving away to college this fall and you want to figure out how to adjust, here are a few ideas on making friends and forming a social life.

Find Friends In Your Dorm

First of all, one of the best ways to make friends for life is to look within your dorm. When you first move in, it can feel intimidating, but if you want to build budding friendships, make sure you speak to everyone and get to know who you can. Making friends in your college dorm might seem scary, but remember that everyone is in the same position as you. Nobody knows anyone else either, so why not break the ice? You can often form lifelong friendships this way.

Make An Effort In Classes

Next up, you can also look for friendship opportunities in your classes. For starters, you’re taking some of the same classes, so that means that you have shared interests. Again, like you did in your dorm, just start a conversation. If there are people that you think seem like you or share your interests, then strike up a conversation and see where it goes.

Join A Team

Another option you have for finding new friends would be to join a bunch of different teams. If you’re interested in sports or other extracurricular activities, then sign yourself up. Being on a team is a great way to find friends. Not everyone will become your best buddy, but a lot of them might. The thing is to put yourself out there and try out as many things as you feel like if you want to form a social life in college.

Start To Date

If you’re single, another great way to ensure that your social life is buzzing is to make sure that you date. Again, dating can seem scary – especially if you’re putting yourself out there, but it can be another great way to meet people in a new place. Be sure to consider opportunities on campus or how to see who super liked you on tinder to find a potential mate. After a while, you may make a great guy friend or even find romance.

Go On Socials

Another way that you can make sure your social life is fun and varied is to make sure that you go on socials. To form a great social life, you have to take charge of it. So, when you first move in, make sure you go to all kinds of events and activities that are advertised in your dorm or talked about in classes. You could find that regular movie nights, or poetry readings are just what your life is missing.



I Chose The Wrong College Course, Now What?


Those first few weeks at college were filled with the wonder of new challenges and experiences, but as time went on, you started to realize you might not have made the best choice. There’s so much pressure to go to college these days that people often end up choosing a course that isn’t right for them. You’re going to change a lot in those four years and your ambitions might be completely different to when you started. You might decide that you don’t want a career in that field anymore. It’s not a great feeling because it seems like you’ve wasted four years and a bunch of money, and you’re still no closer to working out what you want to do with your life. Don’t worry, it happens to more people than you think and you’ve always got options. If you’re struggling to work out where to go next, why not consider one of these options.

Get Your Masters

Some people do work out what they want to do along the way, the problem is, their degree isn’t quite in the right area. If your chosen career is in a fairly similar area, then you might not need to retrain completely. Speak to some colleges and see if you are eligible to apply for a master’s degree. If it is in a similar area to your undergraduate degree, you might be able to do a master’s in something that is more tailored to your chosen career. For example, if you have studied in any STEM field, you might be able to transfer to another fairly easily, or if you have studied a humanities subject like History, you may be able to get yourself onto an English master’s course. That way you will only need to do an extra year or two rather than a whole new degree.

Start Again

You might have decided on a career that is worlds away from the one you had in mind when you enrolled in college. That’s fine, and you should you should pursue whatever career you want rather than settling for something that uses your current degree, but you need to be prepared to start over. One option is to go back to college full time but the chances are that you can’t afford that again. You’re probably going to have to get a job to support yourself and study on the side. With online college courses, you can learn at your own pace while working. That way you can get a new degree and get into your new career without having to spend four years at college at put yourself into more debt.

Get A Job

Although they might not tell you in school, you can get a well-paid job without having a degree. There are plenty of entry level jobs that you could get in your chosen industry. From there you can try to get promotions and eventually work your way up to where you want to be. It can be a longer route but you’ll have the benefit of job experience that you wouldn’t get at college and you will also be getting paid so the financial strain isn’t there either.



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