College Tips for Freshmen
College has been said to be one of the most exciting and enriching parts of life, so it’s not anymore a wonder why incoming freshmen always have that enthusiastic and energized approach to it. Compared to high school, it offers more freedom, independence, and a whole new environment. You also get to expand your social circle and meet a more diverse community when you’re in college.
It does sound exciting, doesn’t it? However, college life isn’t just all about the fun. As a matter of fact, the fun part should only be a bonus because acquiring the training and knowledge that you need to be all set for the future is the most important and is the main purpose of going to college.
So, what exactly are the essentials to being a college freshman? The following guidelines should help incoming FAMU freshmen in easing their way into this crucial part of growing up:
1. Budgeting 101: keeping your finances in shape.
High school expenses are generally subsidized by parents or guardians, but once a person reaches college, he starts to stand on his own two feet. It’s usually for this reason why many college students have to be employed in a night job in order to be able to pay for rent, utility bills, and other household expenses. As such, you have to be more wary of where your money is going to if you don’t want to keep on running out of budget. Always make it a point to track your expenses so that you are aware of how much money you still have left.
2. Choose an apartment that is just at walking distance from the campus.
Not only will this help you save money from gas or bus fares, it will also keep you updated about the goings-on in school. Announcements and last-minute advisories will definitely get to you way ahead of the rest who are housed farther. Luckily for FAMU students, this isn’t a problem as there are so many FAMU apartments that are well suited for the specific needs of freshmen students.
3. Never underestimate the power of keeping a planner.
Be it the old school notebook style or the trending smartphone and tablet apps, keeping track of your day-to-day goals and activities will make your load lighter. It will also make you more organized and efficient. Studying at FAMU can be a really knotty challenge if you lack skills in time management.
4. Keep fit and healthy.
For the most of your college years, you’ll be away from home. Your mother won’t be there to take care of you when you get sick, nor will she be around to remind you to eat healthy and take your vitamins. Take care of your health by taking time to go for a routinely jog in the morning and by eating balanced meals everyday. Falling ill will not only affect your health directly, but can also have a negative impact on your academic performance as well.
The aforementioned tips are just some of the ways by which you can make the best out of your freshman years (and even the years after that) in FAMU. Remember, college life will only be what you choose to make of it!