by Coley Bochman
Congratulations! You made it. Welcome to college life, class of 2016! These next four years will be the best years of your life and I advise and challenge you to make the best of them. As I enter into my senior year, I’d like to pass down a few things I have learned (the hard way) to ease your transition into college life.
Living in a dorm is not easy. Living with a complete stranger in a confined space is definitely an experience. Remember, fights will occur. It is good to talk about cleaning habits and set boundaries in the beginning so it’s not a surprise later. Spend a couple hours really getting to know each other. Always be respectful of your roommate and their things, and likely they will show the same respect back. Remember to use I statements when communicating any issues or expressing needs. For example, “I feel this way when..” etc. With a little give and take from both sides, this complete stranger could end up being a lifetime friend.
I charge you to explore everything your campus has to offer. Join clubs and get involved! There is something on every campus for everybody! If your campus has it, No Woman Left Behind is a great club to get involved in. It focuses on teaching Bystander Intervention with a goal of eliminating sexual assault on college campuses. There are also sports and intramural sports or the gym if you want to stay active on your own. Most of the services on campus are already paid for by your student fees, so take advantage of everything that is available to you!
Now this might seem silly, but go to your classes. It will be very difficult the first couple of weeks to get out of bed at eight am to go to class. Mommy won’t be there to make you breakfast or wake you up nicely. Take notes, go on time, and buy (and read) the textbooks! You can always email professors with questions or go to their office hours. The library is usually open late, and it’s a nice place to get work done especially if you have a talkative roommate. Also, do not overload the credits. Talk to your advisor and see what a workable load is for you. Remember you still want to have a social life as well.
The Other Part of College
Okay, everyone knows college is a time for intellectual advancement, but a great deal of social enrichment happens as well. Just remember, if you go to a party, be safe. Always have your friends’ backs. Look out for each other. STICK TOGETHER. Unfortunately, bad things do happen in this world, but there are ways to prevent them. Be proactive in your thinking and it can be a wonderful four years.
In these next four years, have fun. Try new things. College campuses have an array of different foods, try some! Take interesting classes, or learn a new language. The next four years are arguably the most influential of your life. Make the best out of them!