One of the most trying aspects of college life is adjusting. Adjusting to life as a new college student with college class loads but also adjusting to your new environment, new schedule, and overall stress load. Luckily, being a fifth-year college student myself, I have acquired a list of tips for college students which I believe are important to remember as you are adjusting to college life.
Although this may seem like a simple concept, the initial start of college-level classes and the realization of the weight of a college course load can quickly become overwhelming. Before you know it, you are placing school and everything else ahead of your sleep; however, studies have shown that college students who prioritize their sleep schedule perform much better in school, exams, and other activities. In addition, being disciplined enough to be able to take control of your sleep schedule can provide you with other skills. Skills that can allow you to control other habits such as scheduling homework, tracking deadlines, etc. I remember multiple times as a freshman in college when I would sit for hours upon hours working on assignments at an unhealthy hour of the night. Looking back, I realize that it is much more important to get at least 6 hours of sleep at night to recharge. Getting used to a healthy sleep schedule can take time but it’s only best for both your mental and physical health in the long run.
This can also be easy to overlook when adjusting to college life. A lot of students like to tackle all of their assignments at once. While this may work for some, it doesn’t work for all. I like to plan my assignments. I recommend creating a list or schedule for yourself. This list should consist of all the assignments and projects that need to be completed each week. Then, space them out throughout the week. This will not only help you keep track of your deadlines but will also help you from becoming overwhelmed and burnt out as quickly.
Sitting at the front of the class is not everyone’s first choice. Commonly, students will fill the back seats first and work their way forward as the classroom fills up. I will be honest, in my freshman year of college, I almost always aimed to sit towards, if not in, the very back of the classroom. This is because I was shy and afraid of the professor calling on me to answer questions. As I grew more experienced in college, I quickly learned that sitting toward the front of the class is better for your college experience and grades. I learned that when I sat more toward the front of the class, I was further engaged in what we were discussing and performed better during exams. Now, I always encourage friends and classmates to sit towards the front of the class especially if I know that they are struggling to understand the course material.