What to expect from college living: advice from those who have been there

06/02/15

Over the years, we have asked college upperclassmen and college grads to share their college advice for college-bound students who are just starting college.  In addition to the usual suggestions about taking classes and grades seriously and making sure to finish with a degree, we learned a lot about some of the other aspects of college living.  Here are just a few excerpts from our collection of advice from those who have been there.

Before I ever started college, I wish I’d known…..

  • I’d have to learn to sleep with the lights on, radio blaring, and the phone ringing (bring earplugs!).
  • That college isn’t all fun and games. It’s hard work and takes a lot of self-discipline.
  • Not to get so busy that I don’t have time for people. Schedule time to just relax and have some fun.
  • That getting used to a college roommate is like getting married without being engaged. It takes a great deal of compromise, lots of give and take to live constantly with one person. I should let those minor irritations go by, but if something really important bothers me, I should talk it over.
  • That I should be not afraid to ask questions.
  • That if I keep up with the reading I can avoid the last minute panic.
  • The way to remember is to review, review, review.
  • Loneliness is expected. It takes time to form close friendships.
  • There is more learning in college than just what happens in the classroom.
  • To take advantage of on-campus events like concerts, clubs and discussion groups.
  • Don’t go home every weekend – it prevents you from connecting with others, getting to know your campus and making it your home.
  • Sign up for a class you know nothing about – stretch yourself.
  • It’s OK to ask for help. Sign up for tutoring early on. Don’t wait until you’re drowning.
  • Participate in study groups.
  • Establish relationships with your professors – they are great people to know.

Have more college living tips for students who are just starting out in college? Share them by commenting below – we’d love to know what you think!

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