Moving away from your parent’s house and going off to college for the first time is a huge transition. The first semester and year of college are full of new and fun experiences, but can also be really difficult for people while they adjust.
As an academic program coordinator, Amy Elliot-Meisel has had a lot of experience advising undergraduates. During her time as an academic advisor, she provided individual advising sessions and taught a class called First Year Success. Here are the top xx things that you should not do during your first semester of college:
- Take too many classes. Even if you are excited about all the new things you are going to learn, the very first semester of college is the time to relax a little bit when it comes to coursework. Take some time to socialize, get familiar with your surroundings, and take part in some extracurriculars.
- Stay in your comfort zone. Don’t be that person who is always in their dorm room or going home every weekend. It is so tempting to visit home when you are feeling lonely, but trust me, going home all the time will deprive you of the full college experience.
- Avoid going to office hours. As a freshman, it can be really intimidating to approach your professor, but they are there to help you. Office hours are a chance for you to get some extra help, talk about exams and assignments, or even just chat more about an interesting topic that came up during class.
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