Adjusting to College Life
Making the transition from high school to college can be difficult. High school is very structured while college puts you in control of your education, social life, and future. Here are a few tips to help you adjust to the college lifestyle.
Whether you are living on campus, in an apartment, or a house with friends, you should make your living accommodations feel welcoming and homey. Even something as small as hanging posters or getting new bedding will make you more comfortable and help with your adjustment. Also, try to get familiar with the area. Try local restaurants and coffee shops to make your new town feel like home.
Sitting at home watching Netflix can get a little boring. Although you need to set time aside for studying, you should always leave room to hang out with friends. Maybe even get involved by joining a club, playing intramural sports, or finding a gym buddy. College can be very stressful and sometimes you need this time to destress and just have fun! But you still need to study of course.
You are paying to go to college, so you should attend class. Even though waking up at 8am may be difficult, it is very important. Starting off your college experience by attending class will help you succeed in the future. Unlike high school, no one is forcing you to go class – you need to make this decision for yourself! Most professors notice if you’re always there and normally only announce due date changes, helpful hints, and extra credit during class. Plus, at many schools, classes will drop students for not showing up during the first week so don’t skip!
Go to the advising office to make sure you are enrolled in the right courses. You might have a class on your schedule that you actually don’t need. Once you are enrolled in your courses, read each syllabus to prepare for the content of the course, homework assignments, major due dates, and exam schedule. Purchase a planner and write everything down in advance. This will help you know when something is coming up or what weeks might be easier or more demanding than others.
Although meal plans can seem expensive, if you don’t have a car or live on campus without a kitchen, you may want to consider one. Eating off-campus frequently and spending only $10 a day on food is around $300 a month. If you are attending school 10 months out of the year that’s around $3,000 per year while only spending $10 a day. Yikes! Before settling on a food plan, make sure they offer meals you would actually eat or accommodate your dietary restrictions.
*At Collegiate Village Inn, a meal plan is included in your monthly rent! If you are looking to move to the Orlando area for school, CVI may be a great fit for you and your budget.
These are just a few tips to help you make the adjustment from high school to college. Check out our CVI Hub blog posts for more helpful information and advice!