Get ready for your new adventure!
The first condition to be a professional is to go through the university and thus be new. You must be clear that you are not the first or the last one to go through this stage. Although considering the new one is associated with typical nightmares like being wrong in class or being late to the classroom, the truth is that these scenarios are the least serious. Pay attention to the following tips to survive the first week of the University.
Leer en español: Diez consejos para sobrevivir a la primera semana de universidad
Tip # 1 What to bring on the first day? Wait until the first week to buy materials or books. The first day you can take just enough to take note: a notebook and a pen. If you forget, you can use your cell phone to remember important information. You will have time to think about what you need for your next classes. Do not forget your identity documents!
Tip # 2 Attend the induction! Even if you do not consider it important, induction to college can save your life. These meetings allow new students to recognize the physical spaces of the university: the meeting points in cases of emergency, your faculty, the classrooms, the cafeteria, all those places where you will spend the next four years. If you do not want to get lost, or if you want to be less disoriented, do not miss the induction. In addition, it is a good opportunity to meet your classmates before starting classes.
Tip # 3 Know the services your University offers. Knowing the services offered by the university is vital from the first day. There are several benefits that you may need throughout the career, for example, academic, administrative, financial, or welfare services. If from the first week you know information about exchanges, scholarships, tutorials, extracurricular activities or postgraduate courses, you will be able to make the most of your time at the university.
Tip # 4 Manage freedom. The highschool culture was left behind. Now you face a professional level and part of it has to do with handling very well the freedom you have. Now it is you who programs classes, study spaces, coordinates group work. It depends on you. What will you occupy the 'gaps' between classes? Have you been waiting to be free? The time has arrived
Tip # 5 Make new friends. You will spend a lot of time in college and what better than being well surrounded. Without a doubt, having class friends has its benefits: you can support each other, study together, solve doubts, and do good group work. New friends, new stories to tell!
Tip # 6 Eat well and get enough sleep. In University there is no recess or breaks. You are the one who decides what food to eat and when to do it. So the best thing is to maintain a balanced diet, eat healthy and regularly. In addition, you should sleep at appropriate times and for ideal time periods. Your new schedules and responsibilities will demand energy to meet your goals.
Tip # 7 Grades are important, but they are not the most important thing. It is vital to understand that college grades are important but they are not the only thing you will study for. You are doing it because you want to learn and while you adapt to the classes and the environment you may receive good and bad grades. It is part of the change.
Tip # 8 Focus on your studies. Maybe at highschool you could choose to read three books a year but it is very possible that your readings at the university are one book a week or something similar, so you have to be focused on your study methods to keep up to the pace of this new stage.
Tip # 9 Plan your expenses. During the first days you will have the idea of how much money you will spend in transportation, in your materials, food and activities with your friends. Find a daily balance so you can manage your money well weekly and throughout the semester.
Tip # 10 Relax. Relax, until now it's the first week of the semester. You still have a lot of time to organize and adapt to your new university life. Be very positive and enjoy an unforgettable trip.
Latin American Post | Yulieth Mora
Translated from " Diez consejos para sobrevivir a la primera semana de universidad"