• Join any clubs you find interesting. If they take up too much time, you can always quit them later! And they’re also a great way to met people.
• Take classes that you find interesting, but will also help you reach your graduation goals. Check out how many electives you can take for your major, and take some fun classes to relieve the pressure of some of your other classes. Also, if you’re not enjoying the classes of your major, look into why that is.
• Make time to study. It can be easy to get caught up going out and meeting people, but college classes move at a far faster pace than high school classes, so falling behind is doubly stressful.
• Find quiet places outside your room to study.
• Remember to get enough sleep, and look after yourself!
College makes you a stronger, more complete person. Living on your own for the first time is difficult, and facing all the challenges that a new environment brings is terrifying—I think that if I knew all the challenges I would have to face before the year was out, I would have had a lot more fear in August. But, there’s no person I’d rather be than the person I am now. The challenges of being on my own, of finding a whole new friend group, of growing up, were daunting, but I am proud of me. Next year, if you’re going to college in the fall, you’ll be in the same position as I was, even if your college is far from home or right next door. I know that you will be able to overcome whatever challenges life throws at you, and be the best version of the person you always have been. Good luck!