College can be scary. If it scares you, you shouldn’t feel ashamed because it’s happened to almost everyone, including myself. One of the first things that scared me is that I didn’t know what I wanted to bring with me. Here’s a list of things I think you should bring that might not fit in your trunk:
1) An open mind– College is not only about getting training for your future job. You should find different classes that pique your interests. Also, you will definitely meet people who are different than you at college. In my experience, some of those people can be your best friends. An open mind is important because it will allow you to make more diverse class choices, as well as help you make friends.
2) Work ethic– Odds are in high school, your school work was not as rigorous as it will be here, and that is okay. It is supposed to be harder. It will be an adjustment for you that you are perfectly capable of making although it may take more effort on your part. The way I changed my work ethic was I implemented a schedule where I built in time to do school work and study while not forgetting to make time to eat, hang out with friends and work out.
3) Study habits– If you’re like me, then you did not always study your hardest in high school. The good news is that in college, you get to start over. It really is a chance to do better (or worse) than you ever have. Let’s hope it’s the former and not the latter. College is more important for your future than high school is, and the stakes are a lot higher because college costs more money. This incentivized me to take more control of my education because I came to Lycoming on my own to get an education, so I knew that I had only myself to blame if I did not get extra helpI needed for an assignment, or elected to do something more enjoyable when instead I should have been doing school work. Time management is important and it will work itself out for you when you take it seriously.
4) Things you love from home– Whether it be pictures, food, clothes, or anything. You will 100% for sure end up missing home, so having a little piece of it with you might actually help with that. Making a call home can also help if you are feeling homesick.
5) Happiness– Everyone’s emotions are different. It is fine for you to be unhappy while at school, and you’re not alone. During the semester, you will definitely encounter some hardships. The key is to make sure you can solve your problems in a positive way and thereby find some happiness.
6) Goals– I feel like this is the most important thing to bring with you from home (other than school supplies and shower shoes), because having goals will start you off in a positive mindset. Another good thing about having goals is that they can be short term (make a friend on your floor) or they can be longer term (get above a 3.0 GPA for your first semester). Goals also can help you have a clear target to work towards and can keep you from overworking yourself.
In my freshman year, some of my goals were: maintain a 3.0 GPA, make new friends, and to find at least 2 jobs so I can earn $200 every 2 weeks. The transition from high school to college hit me hard, and I was not able to reach the academic goal I set for myself. I do not regret making that my goal though, because I understand that it is attainable for me, but it just did not happen last year. This goal was the one I reflected on most because one of my greatest teachers in life is named failure. Once I failed to accomplish this goal it made me strive to achieve it this year (which I did). My social goal of making new friends was fairly easy at Lycoming. Most people here are friendly, so that helps anyone who is trying to make friends. The lifestyle goal I set of finding 2 jobs and making $200 bi-weekly was definitely my toughest goal. After finding one job during the first weekend, it took me until the second semester to find my second job, and I ended up only making $150 every 2 weeks.
I hope this list helps you become a better college freshman, student, or just person in general. This list is kind of specific, but I hope that once you’re through reading it, you can apply it to some part of your life as I did to my own.
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