Some say that high school is the best four years of your life. Clearly these people never went to college. College is a time where you get to not only have a wider choice of where you want to go to school and what you want to study, but you have a wide array of people from all backgrounds coming together in one place.
For many students, it’s the first time living away from home. For most, it’s the first time living on your own. It’s exciting, and somewhat nerve-wracking to think that every student is coming to school with totally different backgrounds and ideals. This is where those kindergarten lessons of “can’t we all just get along” come in handy.
If you’re a freshman, the first few weeks of school can be overwhelming. You have orientation, class scheduling, and a new way of life to adjust to. If you’re not a freshman, the first few weeks will still be overwhelming, and you know it. It’s a game of catch up, seeing all the people that you haven’t seen all summer long.
You want your dorm to be the perfect hang out. You want to maximize your schedule in order to not have to get up before 9 AM, and have enough time for all the sweet extracurricular activities you want to do. If you’re feeling super ambitious, you might even have to go buy some books and set up a study space.
The most important thing is to find your “people” and develop a support system. You want to find the people who have the similar ambitions and goals as you. In other words, if you don’t plan on spending six years getting your Bachelor’s degree due to failed courses, you probably don’t want to hang out with the unmotivated party crew.
The freedom you gain in college is great because it gives you room to grow and find out who you really are. There are more social opportunities than ever. You can have study buddies, roommates, and friends from clubs and activities you join. When you eat three meals a day at the dining hall, having a family dinner crew similar to the Sopranos might make you a little cooler.
You will be spending the next four years bonding with the people you surround yourself with. You have worked really hard for the last twelve years to get to this moment.
The words of Oprah: “Surround yourself with only people who are going to lift you higher,” are perfect for your college career and beyond. Creating a support system and learning to use it effectively is key to not only collegiate success, but key to living a fulfilling life.