By: Matt Stasiw
First year student? Transfer? Graduate student? Whatever the case might be, adjusting into the college life can be a difficult task. If the first month was challenging, here are a few tips to gain more control comfort.
Handling a new schedule can be hard. Even more so when trying to balance sports, clubs, and social time into the mix.
Utilizing a calendar, a planner, or even the note app on your phone can be dramatically helpful.
When dealing with assignments, try to check on things a week in advance. Doing this task on a weekend is more beneficial. Write down a specific day when there will be enough time to do work. Be sure check them off as they are completed.
Writing down specific times when to eat, go to the library, or even to take a nap can be very improving as well.
Everyone’s schedule is very different, so being self-aware of the individualities will lead to success.
No matter what year someone is in, everyone is trying to fit in somewhere. Not only is it important to make these friends to feel comfortable, but it is important these friends match personal values.
Every time a step is taken outside the dorm, a new opportunity arises to meet someone new. Be sure to take advantage of the possible connections that could be made. Maybe that person could be a best friend for life or a future boss.
Don’t be the person to wait for friends to come to you. It can be a hard time adjusting to college when you have no one to talk to.
CHECK IN WITH YOURSELF
Between homework, sleeping, and trying to fit in, it might be hard to find time to breath. Be sure to use some time to think about emotional and physical health.
Be sure to find time to eat. A lot of people don’t realize the importance a good meal can have on your energy and performance. Waking up late for breakfast will of course happen but be sure to put some fuel in the body.
If needed, talk to someone about problems. The school has numerous advisors and support systems available. Reaching out when needed is an action that anyone can take advantage of.
Finally, take some alone time. Do whatever is needed to get refocused, and to ask yourself how you are doing. Other people can see a picture from the outside, but only the individual will know what is happening within.
Every person needs to get readjusted back to college. Don’t think that you might be the only one having troubles. No one is alone. Take these tips into consideration to reduce the daily stress.