College is starting up soon! Some of you incoming freshman and transfers could be leaving home for the first time. Or some of you could be returning students living on your own for the first time in an apartment. Here is some advice on what to expect when you leave for college.
1. You May Get Overwhelmed
For all of you incoming freshman or transfers, you may get overwhelmed with the college lifestyle. Learning to be independent, juggling your school work, and trying to adjust to the college system can be difficult. It’s okay to be overwhelmed, but know that you can always ask for help or advice! See your advisor if you feel your class load might be too much to handle. You can also see if your school has any peer mentoring programs that could help you adjust to the college life!
2. You Will Get Homesick
Don’t keep it in that you are homesick! Keep in touch with your family and friends back home, whether for a phone call, Skype session, or a train ride home – make sure to make time for them. Not only does it help you to get over feeling homesick, but it also comforts your parents! Don’t forget to ask your parents to send you care packages, sometimes you just need your favorite snacks from home to bring you comfort.
3. Deciding On A Major -Or Not
Picking your major can be difficult, but it’s okay if you don’t know what you want yet. The first year of college helps you to sort out what you want to pursue. If you have your major set but are thinking of switching, that’s okay too! Just because you came in with a specific major doesn’t mean you have to stick with it. Again, see an advisor to sort out what direction you want to go toward! Just know that it’s okay to be undecided or to change your major.
Whether it be living on your own for the first time, juggling the college lifestyle, or deciding on a major – enjoy college to the fullest! Break out of your comfort zone and take on all the new opportunities college has to offer you.
Good luck this school year!