Surviving College Or University

College can be a wonderful experience if you're prepared for it. Here are some practical tips to get you through the first few weeks of college.

Know where you are

[Survive College] New students often find it daunting to navigate their way around their new surroundings and a common occurrence is to find themselves half an hour late for class. Getting a map from the student services' department or the registrar's office will solve your problem. But for the less map-reading inclined, walking around the campus and getting acquainted with where the important places are like the cafeteria, lecture theatres and tutorial rooms will also do the trick. Experience tells us that after a while, the campus won't be as huge.

Be mentally and physically prepared

While some of the courses may be familiar to you, the bulk of it won't be. Being in a new environment and away from home, there would definitely be difficult periods. Sleepless nights of studying for examinations and the rush of fulfilling assignment tasks are the norm. Knowing what to expect in life as a student will get you mentally prepared to face the challenges to come. Talking to family members or friends who have graduated from university will also be advantageous.

Besides being mentally prepared, you also have to be physically prepared. Whether they are important things like buying your textbooks and notebooks, or something small like stationeries, you need to get them before starting college. If you're given a reading list, make sure you have bought the books and done a little reading before classes start.

Keep an open mind

New things and new experiences are what make college life so interesting. This is more so if you are overseas. You need to adapt and learn to accept certain things especially if they are part of the culture and way of life in that country. Learning and even adopting these practices would enrich your life as a student and make your experience as a student abroad all the more enjoyable.

However, while keeping an open mind is sometimes important, you must also be able to discern what is right and what is wrong. Remember what your values are and where you came from. You may need to make the effort to stay away from unhealthy influences.

Be disciplined

Skipping classes is detrimental to your academic health! Students living away from home often find themselves with sudden independence. They have to buy their own textbooks, manage their finances, cook and launder without parental supervision among others. It is very easy to fall away and not be as consistent as you used to. So be disciplined and know that you are there for a purpose, which is to study and do well!

Be involved

There are usually loads of activities and clubs that you can be involved in. Being involved in these activities not only means that you would meet people sharing the same interests as you, it also develops your interpersonal, communication and even presentation skills, building you as the all-rounder that employers today seek in their prospective employees.

These 5 tips may not be foolproof, but it gives you some pointers on preparing yourself as you enter life as a college student. Just remember that it is important to strike a balance between studies and extracurricular activities as that will enrich your college experience.