Whatever your schooling has been like, homeschooled or being the class president at a high school, it can all get you to college. You will be meeting new people and have a whole new experience to enjoy. It can be a good way to start with a clean slate, so any high school success, or lack of it, won’t automatically translate to your college years. With your clean slate comes a lot of decisions to make. Believe it or not, but those decisions made in your first year will shape the rest of your college experience.

So if you’re heading off to college in the coming months, are have just started, then here are some tips to help you to thrive and survive in your first freshman year.



Go To All Orientations

There can be so many orientations and tours when you first start at college. Do you really need to go to another one? The answer is yes. You will find it easier to settle in once you get to know the campus and dealt with any issues. This article can give you an idea of what to expect if you need it: hercampus.com. So make sure that you stick to the timetable when you first start.


Get To Know Your Roommates

The people that you’re going to be living around are the people that are going to be your help when you’re at college. They will be your safety net, especially if you’re living far from home. So make an effort with them. You may not be with them the whole time, but you never know, you might. So take the time to get to know them and be a helpful roommate.


Sort Your Finances

No doubt before you head off to college you will have been looking at student loans or things like scholarships. So the major side of your finances are likely to have been taken care of. But will you be looking to work when you’re at college? You may also need to think about getting a new bank account or perhaps even a specific credit card for students. Sites like studentcredit.cards could help you to pick one that might be right for you if you wanted to go down that avenue. Either way, keeping on track of your finances when you’re a student is so important.


Get Involved on Campus

Many students can start to feel homesick if they have moved far from home. However, there are many things that you can do to help yourself. If you feel like you don’t belong, then get involved on campus. Join a club or organization. It is a great way to meet people and learn new skills. You’ll meet like-minded people that you wouldn’t have met otherwise.

Another tip is to prepare to feel a little overwhelmed. Life in college is completely different. So don’t expect it to be the same as life you have experienced. But laying down the groundwork beforehand can be a good way to set you up for a successful time at college.