When you were a high school freshman and your counselor asked you where you saw yourself in four years, we bet you weren’t quite envisioning this. Whether you’re in a dorm or apartment or living with family, this will be the strangest freshman year ever for college students. We’ve put together some tips and ideas to help you navigate your course and make the most of it.
Tips on Emailing Your Professor
Tapping into your Professors’ experience and knowledge is important to getting the most out of your classes. Take advantage of their office hours whenever available. Sending a respectful and concise email is a sure way to get a speedy response. This article has some handy tips on how to do it right. Hint: Starting off an email with “What’s up, Doc?” isn’t advised.
Keep A Journal
Numerous medical organizations tout the benefits of keeping a journal. It can help you reach your goals, build confidence, enhance your communication skills and reduce stress. Hey, if it’s good enough for the likes of Albert Einstein, Frida Kahlo, Marie Curie, and Leonardo da Vinci, sign us up.
Plus, there will come a time when you’ll look back on these days and be amazed with all you accomplished and what you experienced. Your kids will want to know what it was like and you’ll have plenty of amazing stories to tell.
Take A Class For Fun
If your schedule allows, take one class purely for fun. You deserve it! Even if it’s outside your major, it still counts as learning, right? Colleges usually have something to enlighten and amuse everybody. Whether it be Elvish As A Second Language at the University of Wisconsin, Introduction to Wines at Cornell, or Introduction to Turntablism at Oberlin Experimental College.
Join Campus Groups Online
Because colleges are generally full of smart people, campus clubs and organizations have found ways to take their groups online. Check your school’s campus life webpage or newspaper for what’s going on and how you can join. It’s a great way to help a cause or charity close to your heart or meet others with similar hobbies and interests. Do it now. That way, when meetings and gatherings return to normal, you’ll already be involved.
Order Pizza! Listen to New Music!
Two staples of college life no virus can stop. Treat yourself to them. So what’s the best pizza joint near your school? What’s your favorite topping? Which of these over-the-top pizzas would you order?
Billboard.com has a stellar calendar of upcoming concerts. Best part is, no cover, no getting carded, no getting stuck behind that one super-tall dude.
And, of course, you’re always welcome to come hang out on our Facebook page and let us know what you’re doing personally to enjoy your freshman year.