how to adjust to college life

College is an exciting time for any student – but it also comes with its fair share of anxiety. For the first time, students are living on their own and responsible for every aspect of their well-being. From laundry sorting to time management and making new friends, the college life can come as a bit of a culture shock. In fact, difficulty adjusting is one of the main reasons why 1.1 million students drop out of college in a given year. If you’re feeling nervous or anxious about your new college life, not to worry – here’s how you can seamlessly get used to your new way of life.

1. Use Campus Resources

Your college accepts hundreds of incoming freshmen each new school year – they’re used to the fact that new students get lonely and need help. That’s why there are likely dozens of campus resources at your disposal, from school counseling services and health centers to campus sanctioned clubs and social groups. Whether you’re looking for a way to meet new friends or manage your college finances, there is a tool for that. Look through your orientation week itinerary and keep your eyes peeled on campus and in your dorm for activities that pique your interest.

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2. Get Involved and Stay Involved

If you’re feeling homesick, one of the best ways to get out of the funk is to get involved in campus activities and meet new friends.  This may require stepping out of your comfort zone, but part of the college experience is exposing yourself to new ideas. Some college students recommend going to as many “new student” events as possible, as you will be with dozens of students trying to do the exact same thing as you – make new friends. Try clubs, intramural clubs, or anything else that aligns with your hobbies. Chances are, there is someone else with similar interests as you.

3. Manage Your Time Wisely

One area where new college students really struggle is with time management. Parents are no longer there to ask you if your homework is done or your laundry is clean. Don’t put your assignments off until the last minute and pay attention to when large assignments are due for each class. At the beginning of each semester, write all major due dates in a planner and color code them for each class. This way, you won’t suddenly find out about a midterm two days before it occurs, giving you plenty of time to prepare.

4. Find a Side Hustle

Participating in social rites costs money, and it can be a bummer to be stuck in your dorm room while your friends are out to dinner because you don’t have enough cash. If you want to spend time out with your friends, consider getting a part time job and having a little extra cash on hand. It’s a great way to learn time management, connect with other coworkers, and have a little less stress in your new college life.

Adjusting to college life can take time, but it doesn’t have to be difficult. By signing up for groups, managing your time wisely, and finding ways to make extra cash, you can thrive both academically and socially this school year.

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