College can be an absolute drag or the time of your life. At the end of the day this is completely up to you. You have to be motivated, driven and open to this experience. If you go in unprepared, you might end up getting a case of the freshman blues. It doesn’t have to be this way and it shouldn’t. Here’s what you have to do.
Make sure to choose the right classes. Classes can absolutely make or break a semester. Maybe you chose all the wrong classes, got solely horrible professors, selected too many classes or just didn’t choose any remotely interesting. These mistakes will surely give college a bad first impression. Class is where you’ll make your new friends, it’s where you’ll get joy from the learning experience. Choosing wrong, especially in the beginning can have you drop out completely.
Avoid these mistakes by preparing early. Go on your college website and see what they’re offering and what your interested in. Take a fun class just to break yourself in. Go on Ratemyprofessor.com and check to see the marks that the professors got. You don’t have to settle for Mr. Random, you can have the best.
Another part of the freshmen blue is the loneliness you can experience. You’re away from your family for the first time, you have no friends and nothing is familiar whereas everything you left behind was familiar. Just be open to the experience, be relaxed and be cool. Maybe everyone is different than they were in your hometown, that’s okay, embrace this. When people see how open and cool you are, they’ll naturally want to be your friend. This is no time to be shut up into yourself.
Keep in mind that most of the freshman there are just like you, just as nervous and fragile. If you stay positive and cool they’ll totally reach out. This is important because these people will be your support group. If you do happen to mess up and choose the wrong classes, find a club or group activity to join. Whatever you do, don’t be isolated.