Although your first semester of college is likely to be a stressful experience, it can also be one of the most fun, refreshing, and interesting times of your life.
(Yes, you will also, most likely, experience the kind of hangovers that make you doubt the existence of true good in the world, but hey, we take the good with the bad.)
As with any new experience, though, there are ways you can make the most out of it, just as there are ways that you can let good opportunities pass you by. If you want to set yourself up for a positive overall experience in college, make sure you spend your first semester. . .
20. Staying Single
If you’re already in a committed relationship, or you’ve actually met someone with whom you share a very strong connection, it’s reasonable to not be single during your first semester. That said, you shouldn’t jump into a relationship just to have someone to hang out with. You’ll end up either spending time entirely with each other, or developing the same social circle. If you break up – which will probably happen – you’ll have to start making friends from scratch.
19. Getting Boring Classes Out Of The Way
No one enjoys going to classes that put them to sleep, but at some point in your college career, you’ll have to. Might as well get that experience out of the way early, so you can look forward to more interesting courses later.
18. Joining Clubs
One of the best ways to meet people in college is to join a club. Even if you’re not an active participant, you’ll have access to many individuals who share your interests. Knowing you have that resource will make life much easier.
17. Developing a Schedule
Success in college means sticking so some sort of schedule to make sure you get your work done while also enjoying the social opportunities. During the first few weeks, try to figure out one that works best for you.
16. Working Out
The Freshman Fifteen doesn’t need to be part of your first-year nightmare. Get familiar with the campus gym early, and you may end up with a fitness routine that keeps you healthy throughout your entire undergrad life.