Fall Into College Life
It’s fall and time to enjoy college life! Think of a fabulous life of freedom and independence, an extraordinary social smorgasbord, a plethora of thought provoking classes and a literal frenzy of sleep deprivation; and Walla! The result is one of the best times in a young person’s life! Most students like to be prepared for that first hallowed year of campus ruckus and revelry. However, preparation is not always easy, especially for first timers.
So just how does one prepare for college life? Leslie Krafft, Associate Director of Residence Life and Housing at the University of Redlands, has come up with the top 10 pieces of advice on how to survive freshman year. First, she advises new students to go to every event during orientation. This is a time to meet other new students and make new friends. New students may ask returning students to give them a tour of the campus prior to the first day. This gives the new student confidence knowing the layout of the school and prevents one from getting lost on the first day. It’s easy to get around the campus and the outlying area when a student finds the nearest transportation. The student should become aware of local transportation schedules, such as school shuttles, buses and trains. All of this information is available on campus. Many schools have bikes for rent. There are some campuses that allow students to reserve a car. New students who get involved in extracurricular activities are more likely to enjoy their college experience. There may be an intramural sport or a club that spikes the student’s interest. Remember that there are many discounts given to students with their I.D., so students should make sure to ask at many local establishments and check the internet. It’s easy to check out the campus schedule of events and pick a few. Leslie suggests that a student try to be brave and introduce him/herself to others. Remember that other students are just as afraid to step out of their comfort zone. It is so important to hang out with people who make you happy and help encourage you to succeed.
One of the most controversial and sensitive topics is just how to get along with a roommate. When two or more people with different upbringings, backgrounds, and social skills live together, there is sure to be differences in opinion and failing to agree on something. Borrowing a roommate’s food, clothes, personal items, including boy/girl friends, seems to be the reoccurring theme of misunderstandings. The best advice is never let it fester and build. It is always easier to be honest, up front and open about things that bother you. Set house rules and discuss boundaries. Post a cleaning list and take turns with chores. Sometimes one roommate will feel as if he/she is taking on most of the chores and feels frustrated if the situation is not resolved. Remember, most roommate issues usually start with some little issue that doesn’t really matter in the long run.