Starting off college can be a daunting experience for many freshmen. This is due to the fact that many of them need to move to another city and leave ther family and friends. Additionally, they will need to be more independent, both in structuring their own learning as well as in managing their personal life. Many freshmen can be caught off guard and may not always handle this situation well. Therefore, here are presented to you several tips to survice your freshman year.
- Be an organized person
In high school, the teachers come to lead you and give all of your homework and due dates. In college, the lecturers will post the assignments — often for the entire semester — and expect you to be prepared. Buy a sticky notes, use an app, or get a big wall calendar — whatever it takes for you to know when assignments are due. Prepare everything include your college’s stuff and your homework as early as you can.
- Get to know your academic adviser or DPA (Dosen Pembimbing Akademik)
By knowing your DPA, it will help you with course conflicts, adding or dropping courses, scheduling of classes for future semester. This person is a key resource for you — and should be the person you turn to with any academic issues or conflicts. You may ask what if I don’t feel comfortable with talking to my academic adviser? Don’t be afraid of asking another lecturer and talk with them.
- Find the ideal place for you to study.
It may be your dorm room or a cozy corner of the library, but find a place that works best for you to get your work done — while avoiding as many distractions as possible. Café it’s okay but you have to know your budget first.
- Make connections with students in your classes.
In the first week of classes, meet at least one new person in each of his classes. It will expand your network of friends — and was a crucial resource at times when he had to miss a class.
- Keep track of your money.
If you’ve never had to create a budget, now is the time to do so. Find ways to stretch your money — and as best you can, avoid all those credit card solicitations you’ll soon be receiving. The average credit card debt of college grads is staggering.
- Don’t be procrastinator!
It may have been easy in high school to wait until the last minute to complete an assignment and still get a good grade, but that kind of stuff will not work for you in college. Give yourself deadlines — and stick to them. Sooner be better!
- Be prepared to feel overwhelmed.
There’s a lot going in your life right now. Expect to have moments where it seems a bit too much. As one student says, be prepared to feel completely unprepared. The trick is knowing that you’re not the only one feeling that way.
Hopefully, these tips can help you and you will have a fruitful and great journey in PBI UMY.