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Like orientation, your first real week of college can be exhilarating and terrifying all at once. From finding your classes and making new friends to coping with homesickness and loneliness, College Lifestyles is your resource for how best to handle the turbulence of starting your college career. Beginning classy co-eds: read on for tips on how to ace your first week with poise!
Be sassy! The most daunting parts of starting college are the feelings of shyness from being in new places with new people. Take time each day to make yourself look your best so that you feel your most vibrant and are therefore more willing to strike up a conversation with the people around you in that 8 a.m. class! You never know who you will become close friends with, or which professors will one day write recommendations for you, so take time to look fabulous!
Eat well. Venture out with your roommate to find the cafeteria once you unpack and eat a healthy meal. You’ll feel better, learn where you’re going to be eating and might even meet a few new people in the process!
Call home. College is exciting because you’re away from your parents for the first time- but don’t lose touch with them! Savvy co-eds should check in with their parents frequently during their first week, not only to ease their parents’ minds, but for emotional support. Parents are really great at knowing what to do to ease homesickness or loneliness, so don’t discount them!
Get involved. Take time your first week of college to go to club meetings, apply for jobs, and get to know professors. In my own personal experience, I introduced myself to a professor my first week of college and ended up working in her research lab within a month. I also attended club meetings for things I was interested in, and ended up making great friends. The same thing can happen to you if you branch out!
Let us know how your first week of college goes in the comments below!
Hannah Borland, a senior in dietetics at Michigan State University, is a Health and High School writer for College Lifestyles. Road trips and hiking are her two favorite parts of summer!