Catherine Deocampo is currently a college student at the University of Nevada, Reno, where she is also double majoring in Community Health Sciences and Speech Pathology and Audiology. She plays an active role in her college’s community by participating in various activities, along with being a member of the Kappa Alpha Theta fraternity on her campus. She loves to travel, hike, read, write, eat, sleep, and has a passion for films.
College is both an exciting, yet stressful time. The first semester of college can be rough for some students, as it can take some time to adjust to the new environment, and for many students, it can be difficult to adjust to living on your own, being more independent, and, especially, being away from your hometown, friends, and family.
Now that you have made it into college, there are some things you need to know. This is more than just meaning that you need to have good grades, gain good study habits, and be involved on campus. Here are some tips that will promote you to being more a professional and sophisticated student and person.
• Don’t miss out on big opportunities like studying abroad because you’re afraid or you think you’ll miss what’s happening on campus. Don’t worry about that, campus will always be there, opportunities like this won’t.
• Understand your college finances. Go to the financial aid office on your campus to see what you need to do to pay off your loans (if you have any), as this type of help is free in college, but once you graduate, it will cost you.
• Create relationships with your favorite professors. They will help you out in the long run, from recommendations and even after you graduate.
• Don’t buy books at the on-campus bookstore. They will rip you off and they are very expensive, where this should be your last and final resort.
• Actually read books that you are assigned. Yes, they can be extremely boring, but they will help you out throughout the course. There will be discussions and papers on these books, and you don’t want to be the only one in class who is unprepared, especially when you have professors who randomly pick on you during a class discussion.
• Call your family once in a while. Just because you’re on your own doesn’t mean that you have to completely be cut off from your family. Plus, it’s always nice to hear their voices and vice versa for you.
• Back up your computer. It’s very important to back it up, because with all those essays, papers, photos, and illegal downloads, you don’t want to lose anything of valuable importance.
• Actually go to your classes. Yes, it may be tempting to skip, but you’re paying for your classes, and professors may give hints or answers to exam questions. Plus, it’s your future; you’re in college to learn.
• Don’t freak out over assignments or exams. You might not always do the best, but there will always be more assignments and exams, so just study harder, it’s not the end of the world. Just relax and focus on what you need to do, don’t get hung up on assignments and exams that you have already submitted and taken.
• They may or may not be the best four (or five… or even, six) years of your life. But cherish them, enjoy and have fun, because once you graduate, it’ll be either time for the real world or graduate school—which will be way tougher than being an undergrad.