Get OrganizedOrganization is a great way to know what you’re going to need to bring with you. I’ve been thinking through my day, and taking of note of the things I use—for when I wake up in the morning, do I have toothpaste and shampoo? When it’s time for laundry, do I have detergent? Also, talking about what I think I’ll need has really helped me assess what I already have and what I still have left to acquire. Narrowing down these items has helped me focus on the essentials.
Talking It OverTalking to my roommate has helped prepare me too. Not only have we been working out what we’re going to do with our room, we’ve been discussing our fears of and expectations for the next four years. I met her in mid-July, and I am excited to spend the next year with her discovering new things and exploring new places. I’ve also been keeping in touch with the friends I made at orientation, and we’ve planned to meet up for dinner on our first night, to celebrate our first steps on our next adventure.
College CounselingAnother part of my preparations will be meeting with an on-campus guidance counselor, which is offered at all schools. They recommended coming into their office within the first few weeks of school and setting up some appointments. They can help with homesickness and any anxiety students have about tests or classes. Even though I don’t normally speak with counselors, I feel that speaking to someone on a regular basis, even if it’s only for the first couple of weeks, will help me face my new challenges in a healthy way.
Take Advantage of OrientationMy first weekend on campus will be an orientation weekend. Many campuses have a similar program, featuring activities focused around helping freshman familiarize themselves with the campus and meet new people. It seems like a great way to get involved with my new community, and I am also going ask someone to help me find my way from building to building, to make sure that I won’t get lost when I have to go to class for real. Moving in to college has a lot of different components. You have to make sure that you feel at home, that you turn a barren dorm into a quiet, comforting space for you to rest, but you also have to make sure that you are happy at college. That your challenges aren’t too big for you to overcome, and that you are at ease wherever you are on campus. The physical elements of moving somewhere new can be overwhelming, but the emotional elements can be just as difficult to tackle. There will be many resources to help you with both. And you will not only manage to move into college, but you will thrive in college.
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