Advice: Adapting To College

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Long hours of studying are in store for Becca Rigoli as she tries her best for a good grade in her anatomy class.  Photo by Emily Gordon.

Long hours of studying are in store for Becca Rigoli as she tries her best for a good grade in her anatomy class. Photo by Emily Gordon.

“I’m officially a college student!” –Mike Wazowski, Disney’s Monsters’ University.
So you made it to college! You endured the first 18+ years of your life, and now you’re trying to function on your own! But being without Mom and Dad is scarier than you thought, and now you’re worried about how to survive your first semester. Luckily, there’s always those people who seem to have it figured out. So here are five tips for how to adapt to college:
First off, get involved! It seems backwards, since too much time with friends can deter you from doing homework, but getting involved with a group can lessen your boredom, and give you a more positive look on life.
Another big tip is to get into a routine. Figure out where the gaps in your schedule are. Fill in a few of them with designated ‘do homework time’. Make sure you leave some time to unwind or have fun.
Third, find a place to do homework. Make it different from where you play video games, sleep, or hang out with friends. A designated homework place tells your brain it’s time to buckle down and do work.
Fourth, get enough sleep. If you don’t get enough sleep, your system won’t be firing on all cylinders, and that can cause you various problems.
And finally, learn how to care for yourself. Personal hygiene is huge, and if you go two months without taking a shower, people notice. Also learn to do laundry, dishes, and cooking. If possible, get a few tips from whomever lives back home, it can save you some hassle.

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