After 2 full years of college under my belt, I can safely say that I understand what it takes to be a successful student. Here are the most important things I’ve learned since stepping onto campus:
- Buy a planner (and really use it).
- Hold onto all of your graded homework assignments until the semester is over.
- Work hard. Remember what you’re paying for.
- But also know when it’s time for a break.
- If a class offers tutoring or TA/professor office hours, use them.
- Talk to people. Most people are nice.
- Make lists. For literally anything. Your brain has enough to remember.
- Write down all of your quiz and test dates in your new planner (I can promise you that no one likes this kind of surprise).
- NAPS ARE A BEAUTIFUL THING!
- Buy pepper spray (it never hurts to be safe).
- Call your parents often and tell them you love them.
- You will probably become addicted to caffeine. And that’s ok because there are worse things for your body.
- Buy rain boots.
- When you’re in a dorm, be sure to own shower shoes.
- Buy an umbrella that you keep in your backpack/tote.
- Drink lots of water. Carry a reusable bottle with you.
- Have an emergency kit of hair ties, ibuprofen, stain remover, band aids, bobby pins, etc. that you can keep in your backpack/tote.
- Carry your student ID with you at all times. You never know when you may need it.
- Stay organized- with whatever school supplies will be helpful to you.
- Dress however you want. No one cares in college.
- You can use washi tape on your keys to tell them apart.
- If you go out to bars, have a designated pair of shoes for the occasion (my knock-off Keds from Target work like a charm).
- Join organizations or clubs on campus. Get involved.
- (Try to) eat well.
- Be respectful to your roommate/suitemate.
I hope you found these tips to be helpful!