How to survive your first month of college: Words of wisdom from upperclassmen and warnings from freshmen

The first month of college is similar to a maze. Students move onto campus and have to navigate their way through the madness of getting back into the rhythm of academics and signing up for clubs. It often seems to students that they may not survive. However, it is very possible to see the light at the end of the tunnel as several students have offered their advice on how to do so.

Sophomore Brenden Markiewcz advises students to keep attending class and stay engaged in their studies. Markiewcz said this can be very beneficial to you, especially in the long run come time for finals week.

“Make sure you go to your classes,” Markiewcz said. “Introduce yourself to your professor.”

Another common tip among students is to avoid waiting until the last minute to get your work done. Avoiding procrastination is easier said than done, however.

“You think you can do it all but you can’t,” said freshman Kara Dalton, referring to her hectic morning.

In other words, having good time management skills is necessary. Junior Michael Sprague advised freshmen to stay on top of things.

“Stay ahead of the reading, because it’ll pile up on you real quick,” he said.  

Staying organized ties in with managing time accordingly. Sophomore Madison Cooganhighly recommends that students “get an agenda and plan out everything.” This way it’ll be easier to stay on top of assignments and manage time efficiently.

As important as it is to stay on top of schoolwork, making sure to “get a lot of sleep” can’t be overstated, according to freshman Zack Gomes. If students aren’t getting enough sleep then their bodies are going to have a difficult time functioning. Trying to stay awake in class will be even more of a problem.

All students, if not most, have been advised to get involved on campus whether that means with sports or a club. It’s a common piece of advice given to students right as they step foot onto campus. “Join something that’s bigger than yourself so you feel apart of something,” said junior Justin Hoyes. He said it’s likely that students will “make some friends that are doing the same thing you’re doing.”

Sophomore Julia Jervais seconded Hoyes by stating that “joining clubs and trying to get involved,” is a good way “to make friends.” This a popular strategy among students who are in need of help in breaking free from their comfort zone. In the words of Kar Dalton, freshman, “be your biggest self motivator” and the first month of college will be over quicker than expected.