Four Quick Tips for Transitioning Into College Life

I cannot believe that first semester of freshman year is already halfway through! I've already learned so much in just these past few weeks. Here are some tips that I followed during my first month of college:

1. Make a Schedule and Stick to It

College is a whole new experience, and sometimes it may get to be way too overwhelming. You might want to attend every single welcome week event, football game, soccer game, and go out with friends, all along with attending classes and getting homework done. It's a big change being away from home with no curfew and no one to tell you when to do homework and when to eat dinner. Now, YOU have to be responsible! I make a daily schedule at the beginning of each day just so I know what events I have to attend and which subjects of homework I have to do. Some of my friends even make weekly schedules which are super helpful as well. 

2. Be Positive and Open minded 

A new environment may be overwhelming, but try to stay positive. This is supposed to be the best four years of your life, so make it happen! Try to surround yourself with people and activities you love while also delving into new things you've never experienced before to keep your daily college routine more interesting. There is so much diversity at universities, especially IU! Be open minded; meet new people and experience new cultural customs and/or food. 

3. Get Involved

There are more than 750 organizations at Indiana. That's a LOT of clubs you could from, and if you don't find one you're looking for, you can even make one! What I'm trying to get at is to get involved around campus. Whether it be attending sporting events, joining clubs, watching IU musicals, attending band concerts, and whatnot, it is important to be active around campus. It'll make your life here more interesting while helping IU's culture flourish.

4. Keep Your Academics and Social Life Balanced

Most importantly, balancing academics and social life is the key to success at IU. Have fun with friends, but know when it is time stay in and study for an exam. Going back to Tip #1, I encourage you to create a schedule (or perhaps a to-do list) every day to keep track of what you need to get done. That way, it will be much easier to have fun and also focus on your studies. At the end of the day, academics is why you're at college, so don't leave it as a last priority! 

Have fun, Study Well, and Go Hoosiers!

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About The Author
Michelle LinFinance and International Business Major, Class of 2017, Naperville IL

Hey Hoosiers!

I am a freshman studying Finance and International Business.

Music and traveling are my passions. I enjoy camping in the summer and snowboarding in the winter. You'll almost always see me at IU sporting events. I love being involved and am currently a member of Kelley Hospitality Industry Club, Undergrad Finance Club, Kappa Alpha Theta, and, of course, WeAreIU.com! I have been loving my time at Indiana University so far and I'm so excited to share my experiences with you!