By Deviya Patel
Every grade a student completes is a steppingstone that leads them to the big moment. That is receiving an acceptance letter in mail; which marks the moment that a high school student becomes an incoming freshman all over again. When starting as a freshman at any College or University there are steps that they should take into consideration, the first being taking risks and getting involved, the second being planning ahead for your future and the third being bringing an end to the bad habit of procrastination. Utilizing these steps will hopefully make surviving college that much easier.
Based on my previous experience as a college freshman, I can honestly say that I did not start taking risks until after my sophomore year. Don’t wait until the last possible minute to start being productive. College is going to challenge every student both mentally and physically. Therefore, it is important to start with a clear mindset and an initiative to take risks. Join clubs, run for student government and sign up for different activities. Signing up for alternative spring break was one of the best decisions I ever made. The hardest part was getting through the interview process and waiting to see if I was selected. Once I got my acceptance letter things moved quickly. My team and I fundraised most of our funds and together we all flew out to Arizona. We worked with the habitat for humanity organization and helped complete two houses over the course of a week. It was a life changing experience that helped me step out of my box and make new friends. It was also the perfect resume builder. Joining clubs and getting involved on campus is important not only to make friends but also to start building your resume. Freshmen tend to get caught up in the putting partying scene first and putting the academics second. The truth is, you can have both the key is balance. Figuring out how to juggle this new found freedom being away from home and managing your social and academic life is a large task at hand. The easiest way to stay on track is to stay organized. Keep an agenda with you to write all of your deadlines down or make check lists. Find a method that works for you. Once you’ve found your balance you’re on your on the right path to success.
Planning your career and goals ahead of time will make your life that much easier. Taking the time to meet with advisors and planning your classes for the full duration of the number of years that you’ll be attending school is critical. If I had known how important this was my senior year would be a lot different. Figure out internships that you would want to do and find a faculty member to be your mentor. Especially, if you plan on continuing your education and going to graduate school. Having a clear cut plan will keep you stay on the right track.
Procrastination is every student’s worst enemy. It’s easier said than done but ending procrastination habits is going to lead to a positive outcome. In the “real world” outside of the college bubble companies and employers don’t wait for those who are late or unable to handle deadlines. Therefore start assignments ahead of time will ensure the final product will be of quality. Handing assignments in on time will set you up for your future job. Having a job while I’m in college helped me break my procrastination habits. It also helped me with my time management skills and being able to plan ahead. I was able to find a job that will help me achieve my career goals.
By utilizing these steps your freshman year and college career will hopefully be easier. College is about finding and pushing yourself outside of your box. It’s one of the final steps an young adult takes in order to start a life career.