College is a confusing time in a student’s life. He/She is away from home and a comfortable setting with childhood friends and is surrounded by complete strangers. It is bound to get confusing and needless to say, overwhelming. If you’re a high school student or just freshmen, you’re at the right place! We’re here to answer all your unanswered questions and give you tips to make the next four years the best to come!
1. What to do summer before college?
Surprise, surprise! Summer before college is the time to relax and detox. You’ve worked super hard which has landed you a place in your dream college so it’s time to rest before storm of another load of work comes your way!
Take this time to meet and spend time with your teachers, friends and most importantly, your family. You’ll be away from home for a long time so make sure you make most of this free time you have with your loved ones! Further, this is the perfect time to go through the treasure of items you have to bring to college with you. Our advice is to take simple and functional things that have durability and most importantly, portability as you will be moved around multiple times through the four years spent at college. Few items we suggest are:
- Mattress: the mattress at dorms has been used by multiple people before you. With that said, taking a mattress would be a good decision both hygiene wise and durability wise.
- Fan/ Heater: it all depends on where you’re going for college. If you’re going to a colder climate, a small, portable heater will be a lifesaver and likewise, a fan during scorching sun will cool you down!
- Multi-purpose clothes: Well, we get it, you want to make a fashion statement at college but make sure you don’t take cases and cases of clothes because trust me, you won’t have space to accommodate even half of them. Invest in staple pieces like solid colored tops, a well-structured blazer, nicely fitted trousers, and your go-to comfy jeans. With that, for shoes, make sure you pack a solid colored pair of heels, sneakers, a pair of sandals, and a pair of flip flops to wear around your room.
2. Which major to opt for?
Once college starts, the daunting question descends upon us – what will your major be? Well, the answer to this question is rather complex. If you’re one of the lucky ones with a vision, you’re all set to go in a specific direction but if you’re not sure, which mind you is absolutely fine!, you can spend a year or so exploring few disciplines.
College offers a range of majors to graduate with. From business to finance to biology to math to music, it offers it all! With that said, this allows students to take multiple courses and analyze what they truly enjoy. If you’re concerned about the marketability of a particular major, you can always speak to a career counselor at college who will help you out with what combination to take which will land you a job post-graduation while not boring you to death during college.
3. How to get a perfect CGPA?
The workload at college is pretty crazy. The courses are not only difficult but each requires specific, individual attention, and hard work. If you wish to get a perfect CGPA by the end of your four years, you must start taking things seriously from day 1! The first semester usually has fairly easy courses that mostly include things you’ve already covered in high school which is why it’s a great opportunity to score high. Once, your base is strong, you’d just have to maintain the GPA over the remaining years without the pressure of increasing it which mind you only get difficult as you progress in college.
To get a good GPA, you must start off by planning your course of action. Before each semester, you will receive a syllabus or rather a course outline of each course. You must thoroughly go through the outline and make sure you mark all the important dates before hand as this would provide you with an edge. Now, you must be wondering as to how to juggle six courses all at the same time, well, the best way to start prioritizing each course based on its difficulty and importance. Some courses like Economics 101 or Calculus 101 are fairly easy and hence, must not be dwelled over and more time must be spent on many advanced courses.
Further, with long, painful lectures comes assignments that take too much of your time. Make sure you spend a decent amount of time on them as they are the way to prepare yourself for the finals. If you still get stuck, you can always turn to online websites like paperhelp.org which not only assist you with your assignments but can also do them for you at fairly cheap prices.
4. How not to gain the dreadful freshmen weight?
We’re pretty sure you’re aware of the freshmen-15. If not, it’s basically this pattern as per which most freshmen gain 15 pounds. Students are away from home for the first time in their lives, they’re not only expected to tackle the workload but are also expected to look after their needs which can get difficult. With so much going on, students tend to turn towards the easier, more satisfying fast food options every other day resulting in them piling up unwanted pounds.
In order to break the pattern for yourself, you must mind what you eat. We’re not expecting you to eat perfectly healthy all the time and take your beauty sleep of 8-10 hours each night, but we expect you to make an effort towards a healthy lifestyle. Try to cook your own food or rather meal prep every Sunday and try to incorporate some sort of exercise in your routine. Not only will it keep you from gaining weight but it will also help you unwind resulting in greater productivity.