Does college overwhelm you? Do you have trouble conceptualizing what you will do there? If you answered yes, you’re not the only one. If you prepare yourself for college, you won’t be as overwhelmed by it. Use the tips in this article and be sure your college life is productive and fun.
Begin preparing for college your junior year. Most students wait until their senior year before getting serious about college. Instead, use your junior year to tour different colleges, learn about the scholarships available and begin applying for the colleges of your choice. Using this technique will help you accomplish everything in plenty of time.
When attending classes, bring a bottle of water with you. Remain hydrated all day. This is especially true if you have back-to-back classes. You will be more focused when you stay hydrated. Easily accessible water fountains now make it easy to refill water bottles.
Research all available funding options to help with your tuition costs. You would be surprised at the number of specific scholarships on offer today (e.g. there’s even a scholarship for “lefties”!) There are also many federal and state grants that do not need to be repaid.
Make sure to make time for both socializing and academics. Some students spend all their times in their dorm rooms studying, which can be depressing and lonely, while others are so social that their coursework suffers. You should get out of your room and do something fun at least once a week and devote at least an hour a night to studying for each of your classes to help you stay balanced.
Student’s discounts are one of the best perks of college, especially if you need to save money. Check with your student resource center or ask an adviser for a list of perks. Many local restaurants, movie theaters and bookstores offer generous discounts when you present a student ID. This allows you to save money and show school pride.
You should be respectful of your roommate’s wishes. You need to learn how to work with him or her so that it makes your time easier. Sit down when you first get to school and find out what you both expect out of a roommate so you can both be happy.
Use the many resources of the library. It is a great place to study, read and relax. When you really need to concentrate, the quiet of the library is a great place to escape the activity of the dorm. The library is also where you can find the most comfortable chairs on campus.
Study during the day. It is best to study when you are awake and at your most alert. Studying at night or when you are already fatigued can lead to you spending more time than is usually necessary to comprehend something. Studying while you are wide awake will help you retain information faster and more easily.
You should try to enjoy your time in college. This is the time you can learn about yourself. You can ensure that college lives up to all your expectations by following the guidelines you’ve just read.