College Transition Support; Student Edition

This week, with help from our summer marketing intern, William, we continue our Back to School prep support with a working list of Do's and Don'ts for incoming college freshmen as they build their lofted beds and try to figure out how they're going to live in a 10x12 room with a stranger (or two, or three) for the next 10 months. Feel free to add your own in the comment section below.

Do:

» Buy more than set of XL twin sheets, doing laundry is a process on campus and you'll want a backup set

» INVEST in the Tide Pods…this will save you from carrying a giant bottle of laundry soap up and down flights of stairs

» Use half.com, amazon.com and other discount text book sites for cheap books for class

» When you’re hanging out in your dorm room, leave the door open…this encourages people to stop by and say hi

» Decorate your room to your tastes.

» Hype yourself up into eating meals in the cafeteria by yourself, lots of students are in the same boat. Meet new people

» Use between class time constructively. Get a couple of students from class together to go over an assignment or study for an upcoming test

» Attend Welcome Week activities

» Make time in your schedule for physical activity, intermural sports, weights, swimming, whatever

» Once you’ve got your class schedule, take a walk on campus…see where your classes will meet and if you have back to back classes, map out the best route.

» Be prepared to share a bathroom with multiple other people, the majority of whom are not as clean as you are. In fact, be prepared to share a lot of things with multiple other people; your space, your desk, your food etc.

» Get to know your academic counselor, classes can get stressful, you'll want to know who to turn to when you need some tough love and/or advice

» Introduce yourself to your professors. Depending on the size of your school, you may be one of 300-400 students he/she sees each day. A quick "Hi, I'm so and so, wanted to introduce myself" during a teachers office hours or after class can go a long way.

» Find out where your campus medical building or clinic is located, go there and get some info. The last thing you'll want to do when you're not feeling well is figure out what you have to do to see a nurse or doctor

Don’t

» Sign up for every single club that comes knocking at your door

» Steer clear of the credit card offer tables, even if they’re giving away free stuff…you DON’T NEED A CREDIT CARD

» Buy every single text book before classes begin (if you can help it). Some books you'll never even use, other's you'll be able to use in the library for free

» Get into the habit of skipping classes, or not doing assignments….this can spiral into a big problem during exam time or grade time

» Walk around campus, sit in the library, etc. with your headphones in… it discourages you from speaking to other people and discourages others from speaking to you

» Try to study in your dorm room, pick another place that works for you. If noise level and possible distractions could be a problem for you, keep that in mind when choosing a study spot

» Don’t make frequent trips back home. This will make the transition to living on campus more difficult. Texts, phone calls, and FaceTime will help you stay connected with Mom, Dad and Fluffy.