As an incoming college student or underclassman in college, there are a lot of questions that you may have. I’m here to answer those questions and give some insight into college as a senior! So let’s jump into this Q&A:
1. How is it living with a roommate?
You’re generally in close quarters, which can be hard to get used to but it’s not terrible. Your roommates can either become your best friends or your worst enemy. My advice is to make sure you calmly discuss issues you may have, keep a clean room, and try to get to know your roommate. You might get upset and aggravated from time to time, especially because you feel like you don’t have any privacy but after a while you will figure out ways to deal. I am still friends with my freshman and junior year roommates.
2. How do you make friends?
Making friends is scary in college, but it’s generally easy. You make most of your friends the first week or two you stay there. There’s a lot of bonding that happens when everyone is hanging out the first few weeks and it’s important you take part in this. You will also make friends within your classes, in your major, in the building you live in, and in clubs you join. I recommend joining tons of clubs, be extremely social your first few weeks, make a point to hangout with people in your building, make friends your first day or two of class, join a few clubs and make study groups with people in your major. You will realize there are a lot of times you randomly become friends with people, whether it be giving someone a ride to their car, letting someone copy your notes etc. you will also notice you will make friends randomly through your college experience.
3. How to cope with changing your major?
This happens to almost everyone in college. It can be scary and discouraging when you realize that what you wanted to do previously is no longer something you enjoy. You can’t expect to want the same career path that you did when you were a teenager. Passions can change and that is okay, just think positively and don’t worry about what anyone else says. It is your life and your choice.
4. How do you choose your major?
This has a lot to do with knowing yourself. You may have a good understanding of where your passions lie when you are young but this isn’t the case for everyone. For others that are not so lucky to know exactly what they want to do in life, understanding your passions and yourself takes time. There’s no rush, so take your time and try different subjects out and see what you like.
5. How do you balance everything?
When you go to college, if there is one thing you learn it’s time management. You learn how to prioritize. I say, see what you can fit into your schedule and what you can handle the first few weeks. Then try to eliminate things that aren’t at the top of your priority. Just remember that academics come first.
6. What is the most important part of college?
The most important part is getting real professional experience and making professional relationships. College isn’t only about going to class and getting involved, it’s also about getting internships and professional experience to help further you in your career goals. Make sure you get as many internships and experience as you can before you graduate. This will set you apart from your peers.
7. What have you learned while in college?
DO NOT slack off. Go to class, be there on time, do your work and actually study. This is no joke, it is important that you get good grades and do well. Otherwise you won’t learn anything but bad work habits.
8. Should I work while I’m in college?
I say do what you can. If you feel like you can’t handle both working and school then you could do work during your summer vacation or do seasonal work during break. If you feel you can handle it, then definitely go for it. Just don’t overload yourself, a job is important but you still need time to do homework and study as well as school activities. If you choose to do so, it will teach you a lot about yourself and responsibility. You can even try and get a paying job that relates to your major.
9. How do you adjust to college learning?
Learning in college is a lot different than high school. If you barely just got by in high school you will really need to step up your game in college. My advice is to actually study, find a method that works for you whether it be flash cards, highlighting notes, or making pretests. Take very detailed and organized notes, and if the professor says it twice it will more than likely be on the exam. Buy a planner and ACTUALLY use it, this will help you remember deadlines and manage your time wisely. Get help when you need it, there are amenities every college has to help you when you need it, there is tutors, writing centers, career center, and even professors might help, you just need to make the effort.
10. What are some important things you’ve learned during your college career?
– Kiss your professors butts and try to make sure they remember your name the first few classes for good reasons. Being your professors favorite student will help when you need a letter of recommendation, or the extra bump in your grade (this will only help you in the long run).
– Don’t leave your clothes in the washer– first of all, they will stink if you leave them too long. Second of all, other people will throw your clothes in the dryer if they want to use the washer machine and this can ruin the clothes if you have items that can’t be put in the dryer and those who do this usually don’t put dryer sheets in (which means it will smell).
– Get to the school early if you want a good parking spot (or a parking spot at all). This especially goes for those students who are commuting.
– Actually keep track of your grades because you don’t want to realize you failed when it’s too late to do anything about it.
– Invest in a good laptop, you will need something that will last you past your college days. So make the investment and you won’t have to worry about the computer crashing and losing all of your work.
– If you are tight on money, and the professor has the book in the library take pictures of the whole book. Sometimes you get a sample of the whole book on the kindle for a certain amount of days, take screenshots of the whole book. This will take a lot of time but it’s better than spending the money. Ask around to see if the professor actually uses the book, if not you don’t even have to waste your money to purchase it.
– Be professional, always. Think if college as a precursor to your career. Be punctual, dress nice, and meet your deadlines.
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