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A Guide to Your First Year of College

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It wouldn't be an exaggeration to say that college is probably the most anticipated part of a person's life. From moving to a new city to making new friends, to learning to live alone,  the first semester of college is usually the hardest. However, we've compiled a list to help you find your way through the first few months of college to make your college journey a cakewalk.

1. Remember to breathe

The first few days of college can be very confusing. From figuring out where classes are, to getting acquainted with new teaching patterns, new teachers, and above all, new classmates, everything seems extremely difficult and it's completely normal to feel a little lost and out of place.

If you ever feel overwhelmed, just take a deep breath and relax. As clichéd as it may sound, things will fall into place eventually and you will figure it all out. Don't let your unfamiliarity with situations intimidate you.

2. Try out for societies, and learn to handle rejection

A very large part of the college experience lies in extracurricular activities. The friends you make doing what you love are some of the best relationships you'll carry in the next few years. Apply for as many societies and clubs in which you are interested in, and audition with optimism and enthusiasm.

However, if you don't make it, do not be discouraged. Do not let one audition dampen your spirits for another club or society’s selections. A lot of times, students lose confidence in their talent because of rejection. Believe in yourself and your abilities. Rejection is a part of life, and learning to handle it is one of the most important lessons the college experience teaches you.

Always remember, that if at first, you don't succeed,  you can always better yourself and try again.

3. Explore

The first year of college is usually a little easier on the academic side. Use this as an advantage and explore the areas around your college. Find the best places to grab food and the cutest shopping streets.

Exploring with your new classmates is also a great way to break the ice and to make friends. Going out will make your memories that you will remember for a lifetime.

4. Keep an open mind

College is a melange of cultures, languages, and traditions. When you enter college, you are entering a melting pot of different ways of living. College is the first time you will leave the sheltered upbringing of your childhood to enter the cosmopolitan world.

While the plethora of new habits and new cultures may be overwhelming, it is important to keep an open mind and be accepting of different people's choices and opinions.

It is also important to remember that while the influence of a new culture can be particularly enriching, one must be wary while adopting new practices and habits. You must always let your moral compass guide your actions.


5. Study regularly

This might sound like something your mother will say to you, but try to go through your books regularly. It's not necessary that you study every single day, but remember to take your class tests and your internal assessments seriously.

Studying for your tests also helps you cover syllabus which will appear on your final exam. Remember to make sure you have all your textbooks and notes in place regularly. You do not want to be clueless about the syllabus without any notes a day before the exam. Being organized throughout the year helps you prepare better for your final exam.

6. Learn how to prioritize

The first year of college flies by. You will often find that even though the days seem long, the weeks are short,  and months pass by within a flash.

It is important to learn how to prioritize in college. Learn how to manage your time and divide it in a balanced way between friends, societies, fun, and time for yourself.

You should always be your first priority when it comes to allocating time. Do what you think is best for yourself, whether it is being prepared for the future or simply making yourself happy. It is important to learn how to use time in the best possible way to make yourself a better, more effective individual.

7. Don't give up on your time

While the regime of college life can be hectic, and it is definitely important to spend time getting to know about your new friends, make sure you have a little time for yourself every day. This helps you concentrate better on whatever you are doing and also helps you stay happy and positive.

Try to spend at least a few minutes every day doing something that relaxes you and makes you feel good. It could be reading a book, playing a sport, listening to music, watching an episode of a TV show, exercising or even taking a short nap. Doing something just for you is therapeutic, and often, it is needed to keep you from losing your mind.

The key mantra is to do what makes you happy, and while that may not be possible all the time, make sure it is possible for at least a little time every day. Dedicate these few minutes exclusively to your well being.

8. Find someone to confide in

There are times when life becomes hard and when you feel alone. Remember that there are people whom you can talk to. You should not hurt yourself or blame yourself for all that is wrong in your life. Don't let all the negativity build up inside of yourself.

Confide in your family and your friends. Speak to the people you love and who make you happy.

Laugh out loud a lot and do the things which make you smile. In a lot of ways, that's what college is all about.

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About The Author


My name is Sreya Suri and I'm currently pursuing a degree in Journalism from Lady Shri Ram College for Women. In my free time, I like to read books and I can read anything, from classic literature to modern-day bestsellers. I also binge watch a lot of TV shows and you can find me fantasizing over fictional characters all the time.

I have a great passion for writing and love expressing my views on everything from feminism to my favorite Disney movies.

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