A list of very important yet simple tips I wish I had read about when I was a freshman in college. No, seriously, instead of advising me to visit a college counselor with my doubts and questions, brochures and information documents everywhere should’ve emphasized on some of these:
ALWAYS go to orientation day of anything. You want to become part of that cool association? You want to figure out how to use the library services? GO. TO. ORIENTATION. DAY.
Never miss first day of any class. It creates an impression on your professor. Many won’t care, many won’t even start discussing anything but many will give you: syllabus, test dates, overview of classwork, warnings, scary warnings, really scary warnings, etc.
Stop wishing for the cancellation of classes and get work done ahead of time instead.
Don’t sabotage yourself and create a habit of GOING TO CLASS REGULARLY. Don’t be absent unless you really, really, REALLY need it.
Have Mental Health days AKA days you’ll use to not go to class without any particular reason except for “I can’t” Mines are 3 per semester and I make it a point to only use them once a month during the beginning because absent during November or December? Honey, that’s suicide.
Create relationships with professors that interest you. There will always be a professor you will find interesting, get out of your comfort zone, ignore what all other students think and try to get close to that professor. Think: extracurricular experience, recommendation letters & CV boosters. Maybe that professor has a research lab you can volunteer in or a program you can participate in, etc.
Only join clubs and associations that interest you. You’re prone to leave a better mark and do some of your best work if you join associations you have true interest in. Otherwise you’ll just waste your time.
Bring your own food. No seriously, never starve and try to avoid buying as much as possible. Whenever you find yourself low in cash, you will hate yourself for spending all of it on food, coffee and treats. Bring a lunch bag and stuff yourself with fruits, veggies, proteins and juices whenever possible.