College life is an integral chapter in our lives and initially, everyone is apprehensive and at the same time ecstatic, because this is when we turn into individuals and accept the responsibilities that come our way as compared to school where we were in a protective environment. We get the required exposure – for instance when we travel alone, or make our own decisions, as that is when we realize the difference between right and wrong. We also meet people with different temperaments and cultural backgrounds and learn how to handle them; all in all, we end up growing as a different person altogether. Although adjusting in this new environment with completely new people might seem like a daunting task but fret not, these are the little things that you can do to ease this transition and will surely help you settle right into this college experience without a hitch.
Try to be outgoing and social, especially in the beginning
College friendships are the best investment you can make because in most cases, the first few bonds you make may turn out to be friends for life. So make it your agenda to be more interactive with your batch mates and hostel mates. In short talk to people, network, make lots of friends, who will act not only as your support system in this wild ride but also who’ll make this journey worthwhile.
Don’t ignore your academics
It is quite obvious sleeping in and skipping that 8 am class will be tempting at times assuming you will be able to cover up using notes, still try to be as punctual as possible during the initial months. Also you might run into some snags later in the semester so try to maintain a good relationship with your professors throughout. Find out about your course requirements and future prospects side by side as it’s always wise to make an early start.
Befriend decent and resourceful seniors
These seniors will be in a better position to guide you through any difficulties you might face- be it academics, or with professors or just college management, they will be your source of wisdom as they’ve already had firsthand experience in all these areas.
Sign up for a society, club, or a tech team
Try to be involved in campus activities like societies and fests depending on your interests. College could actually be that opportunity you have been looking for, to explore some new area of interest or pursue an existing hobby. By the time you’re a sophomore, chances are, you’ll know where you belong. This is also a fantastic way to meet new people and you never know you might find like-minded people who you’re likely to get on with. Also apart from the experience and exposure, these would also add to your CV.
Find a good place to stay (preferably close to the college)
One of the biggest challenges you would face is relocation that is to find a place(PG/Hostel) which gives you the essence of home. And if it’s your first time moving away from home, it’s understandable that you might get a little homesick now and again. But don’t worry: there are a lot of good student housing, Branded Hostels/PGs options available these days, you just need to do thorough research and select a good place based on your requirements and within your stipulated budget.
During this entire process, you’ll make some great choices and some bad ones too, but it’s all part and parcel of the journey. Also, make sure you don’t take too much at once – studying and partying are both parts of the student experience, but try to strike a balance.