How is everyone? I assume you are all in full swing at this point. Classes and professors have loaded up the work, late night study dates have begun, and a new level of stress you didn’t know existed has now taken over your body. This first month is critical for setting up the rest of your semester. Don’t let bad habits take over. Start to take control of your responsibilities. Have you done to the gym yet? Don’t let late night snacks and increased ‘liquid’ calories mess up your health. Need a quick check up to make sure you’re doing the right things? Read below on some Month One survival tips. Are you doing them? Did you remember to do them? Have you even thought about them yet? Enjoy!
1. Get to know your roommates – sit with them and really get to know them. These are the people you are going to spend the most amount of time with. You don’t have to be their best friend but you do have to live with them (and they have to live with you).
2. Get Organized! Your professor may have assigned work and projects and told you about them on day 1. Don’t expect them to remind you everyday about it and if you forget to hand it in when it’s due you will not get away with the excuse ‘i didnt know it was due.’ Get a planner and fill in the dates when assignments are due.
3. Go to class – Sleeping in and skipping your morning class may seem tempting, who’s making you go anyway? Get up and go! You are paying to be there, don’t waste your money.
4. Meet with your professors. Take the extra minute to show up before class or stay after class and meet your professor. Ask them a question, or tell them that you are enjoying their class so far. They’re human (everyone likes to be given complements) and they’ll appreciate the positive feedback.
5. Let go of the pressure of having to know exactly what you want to study – You’ve probably met a number of people who say they know exactly what they want to do when they graduate (i’d bet money that majority of those people have no idea what they want to do). College is a time to discover what you want to do. Let those people do what they want to do and be excited that you aren’t locked into one track right now, you are exploring!
6. Stay healthy! Go to the gym, eat your fruit and veggies, listen to music and go for a walk by yourself.
7. Take a deep breath – right now!….ahhh feel better?
8. Don’t cut corner – nobody got placed on the top of the mountain, they all had to climb it.
9. Seek help when you need it – are you really stressed? Are your eating habits getting out of hand? Are you drinking more than you expected? Dont be afraid to ask for help. Walk to health services (trust me they’ve seen and heard it all) and tell them what is going on. Are you confused on an assignment? E-mail your professor, reach out to a classmate or go to the tutoring center. People want to help you.
1o. Call home to your family – they miss you, they want to hear from you. Do you love your family? Tell them.