10 TIPS FOR COLLEGE-BOUND STUDENTS
Heading off to college? These 10 tips will help you tackle the next phase of your life with style!
Leaving the nest & going off to school in another city or state can be absolutely terrifying! This huge leap can be daunting, but we're tackling this task with fun tips & tricks so you can make a plan for success!
1) Take college orientation seriously.
If orientation is optional at your school, definitely make a plan to GO! If it's mandatory, make the most of it! This is the first opportunity you have to tour your campus, meet new people and get a sense of the next four years.
2) Sit in on new classes & note which ones pique your passions!
Not sure which type of class to take? Generally, you have several weeks to adjust your classes. So attend a few new ones and get a feel for the curriculum. Sit in on the lecture and take notes on the ones that make you want to learn more!
Fun Fact: Research shows that students who take notes by hand tend to learn & retain more information.
3) Use a paper planner.
The New York Times reports that using a paper planner can help improve learning, memory & productivity! Whether you're all about the LifePlanner™, or trying out the new coiled Academic Planner, using a planner to keep track of assignments, school holidays, extracurriculars and more will help you stay ahead of the class!
4) Get ahead of that laundry!
It's easy to procrastinate on a task like laundry, but chances are if you're waiting to do it, so is everyone else on your floor! Get it done before you find yourself out of clean underwear with no available washing machine! Scope out when the laundry is free and schedule time in your calendar to get it done so you can have some (clean) fun!
5) Healthy eating hack: Use a meal planner.
Stuck eating from the college dining hall? No worries! Snap a meal planner dashboard into your planner or notebook & track what’s healthy & what’s not, when they serve the best meals & when to eat out with friends. Plan to eat smart, and you will! Here’s to your health!
6) Network, network, network.
Take advantage of teachers' office hours, build relationships with professors & guest lecturers and connect with your college community. You never know how networking now can contribute to your future success!
7) Infuse your dorm room with color!
Organize & stylize your dorm room desk with colorful accessories that motivate and inspire you! Make a collage of pictures of friends & family that comfort you and remind you of home. Choose a colorful bedspread or customize a beautiful Sherpa Throw to wrap yourself in happy hues. There are so many ways to add pops of color to your standard, one-size-fits-all dorm room. Get creative!
8) Always use shower shoes.
A practical and necessary step: remember to buy a pair of flip flops you can toss at the end of the year when you move out of your dorm! Keep them stored in your bathroom caddy and say yes to germ-free showers!
9) Find your go-to study spot.
At the beginning of the year, check out the major libraries, cafés and quiet spots around campus so you can locate the place that works best for you! If your dorm (or roommate) is loud, it's crucial that you have a sanctuary where you can go to get work done!
10) Ask for help.
Although this may be an adjustment, know that it is always okay to admit if you're struggling. Seek out counselors and resources available on your college campus and remember that friends & family are just a phone call away. You got this!
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