The first semester of college is kind of a weird thing when you think about it. You randomly move to a new place which is with a bunch of strangers your same age. You go to get an education, get a good job, and have a career.
Don’t get me wrong, it’s a great thing and it changed my life, but it really is a weird thing to think about. Since your life has all this change, many students think the first semester of school is the hardest. I’ve heard many people say that after the first-semester college went got easier for them.
Just because it gets easier does not mean that it will be smooth sailing. Personally, for me, I have spent several different occasions away from home. Because of this, I didn’t really get homesick or have that hard of a time adjusting.
As a new college student, I had the normal problems of adjusting and dealing with going away from my friends and family. Just so you know I really did enjoy my first year of college.
Not everybody is going to have a hard time adjusting, but at the same time, you shouldn’t feel bad if you do struggle.
This is a huge change in your life.
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So, here are some simple tips and tricks that I picked up from my friends at college. College is an amazing experience and it can change your life in so many ways. Please don’t let the first semester overwhelm you so much that you give up on your college opportunities.
Breaks from School
One great thing about the first semester compared to the second semester is that there are more breaks. This is simply just because of the way that the calendar works and when the holidays are located within the calendar.
The autumn semester has Labor Day, autumn break, veteran’s day, Thanksgiving Day, Indigenous people day, and Christmas break. You get quite a few days off especially during Christmas where you can get 3 weeks or more.
College breaks are so much longer than high school breaks. Most college winter breaks are from 3 to 4 weeks long. This means that you have almost a month to go back home and enjoy time with your family before going back to school.
I personally thought that fall break was very nice because ours was in October. This means that two months after I left for school, I had a long weekend to just come home and spend time with my family and friends. It was nice, and it really rejuvenated me from all the stress of being a first-year college student.
Normally every college break is just longer than the high school breaks, so it really does feel like a nice long relaxing break. Some people often go back to their hometown jobs over these types of breaks to make some extra money and reconnect with old coworkers.
I did go back to my hometown job over Christmas break and it was a good opportunity for me to make some money and see some of my friends.
I love being able to use all that money to buy all my books for the next semester and have some leftover cash to spend as well. Take advantage of all the breaks and let these be some of the things that help you get through your first semester if you’re having a harder time.
Weekends Don’t go Home
The first thing you should want to do is try not to go home every weekend. Although it may seem like a nice break and you think it might make you feel better. What this will do is make everything harder and make the transition back to college even worse.
You just need to make yourself stick through it and stay. You’ll Sonner or later realize that you like it there. Obviously, if you realize that you really don’t like it and you’re interested in transferring somewhere else that is an option.
However, if you’re just not getting used to any sort of transition or change in general, just make yourself stay at school on the weekends and don’t come home every weekend. The weekends are the times where you can actually get really close to your fellow students at college.
This is going to be the only times when you don’t have classes and other things every day.
Don’t get me wrong, you’re still going to have homework, jobs and other things to do, but you’ll at least have some more free time during the week.
I would say that for me personally most the times that I hung out with my close friends were on the weekends. I go to school in Columbus, so we would go out to the different restaurants and things to do in Columbus. It was just more convenient for us to do this on the weekends.
If you decided to go home on the weekends, then you would miss out on awesome bonding opportunities like this one. A good example is the one time we went to a music festival just down the street.
All these might seem like little things, but they really do add up and help you become closer to all the people around you. Take advantage of having these opportunities on the weekends because you really are only in college for four years.
Four years might seem like a long time, but it goes by quickly. Therefore, I really try to make sure that I take advantage of every single opportunity that I have with my friends. We all try to explore the city and nightlife every chance we can.
College is about education, but it’s also about enjoying yourself, figuring out who you are, and making friends that last a lifetime.
You can’t really do that if you go home every weekend.
I try to be independent so I limit my visits home just so I can get used to being on my own. Honestly going home every weekend is going to make you feel worse. You will not be getting all the great experiences that go with living at college full-time.
Friends can Help
Tell your friends if you’re having a rough time. Everybody has rough patches in their life, and everyone needs people around them to help.
Don’t be afraid to reach out to friends and family around you to let them know how you’re feeling. I’m sure they’ll go out of their way to help you out.
I helped a few of my friends in college when they were having a rough time. Honestly, I think it is part of the reason why we became so close because I helped them through such a tough time. Don’t be afraid to ask for help from the people around you.
One of my favorite things about college is all the different friends I have made at college. I feel so lucky to have been surrounded by so many amazing people. The school aspect of college like exams and studying is hard. It can be overwhelming so talking to other students that are friends can be helpful.
You need to be able to have your friends to talk so they can pull you through the harder times of college.
College is awesome, don’t get me wrong, but there are going to be some ups and downs. You don’t want to go through all of this by yourself.
The flip side is you don’t want anybody else to be going through the same thing alone. So, make sure that you were reaching out to as many friends as you can to offer support where needed.
Overall, there are so many different things that you can do to help yourself through this transition. Don’t be afraid to ask for help and use the people and resources around you. Most colleges offer free counseling, tutoring, and career help.
Whether you need to talk to someone about life or school, there is probably someone there for you to speak with.
Take advantage of these opportunities! They are there for a reason. It is okay to admit that you are having a harder time adjusting because things will not get better if you do not recognize the problem. Your friends, family, and professors all want to see you succeed, so don’t be afraid to reach out to them.
Enjoy this big change in your life because it is going to be a good one.