Saying the move from high school to college feels “overwhelming” is an understatement. There are many ways to get it wrong, but thankfully there are plenty of ways to get it right. Take these steps this summer to prepare yourself for anything college may throw your way!
1. Research Clubs and Organizations
After hearing that UF had over 900 clubs and organizations, I pictured myself being a busy bee joining everything. Unfortunately, I didn’t apply in time or figure out when most of the groups were meeting. Don’t miss out on joining the amazing groups on your campus and do your research!
2. Prepare To Take Chances…and To Receive Rejection
College means endless opportunities. Like Babe Ruth said, “Never let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game.” Try out for the dance team, rush for a sorority and apply for that internship even if you are just a freshman. You may not succeed at first, but if you understand that rejection makes you stronger, then you will be able to bounce back and try again in no time!
3. Know Where to Go In Case of An Emergency
When I fell and tore the labrum in my shoulder, I was glad to know exactly where the infirmary was. Whether it’s the flu or an ACL tear, being in college means you’re away from home. Make sure you have someone you can count on in case of an emergency.
4. Make a List of Your Goals
You will have a lot going on your freshman year so it’ll be easy to get lost Have fun, but don’t forget what you are going to college for. Make a list of goals and keep yourself in check!
You’ll score some major college confidence with these four steps. College can be unpredictable, but following these tips will make sure you’re prepared for what’s to come!
Noelia Trujillo is a rising sophomore at the University of Florida majoring in Journliasm and Communications. After studying abroad in Spain and Greece for the first month of Summer 2012, she will be an active Living and Lifestyles writer for College Lifestyles. Along with her passion for writing, she loves to spend time with her family, make people laugh and be happy!