August 19th, 2009 Jamie
Feeling a little freaked about your first day(s) of college? I don’t want you to feel like you’re in the dark, so I’ll be doing a few posts about making the most of your college experience.
Already in college? Share your words of wisdom by leaving a comment or sending me an email at [jamie(at)survivingcollegelife(dot)com]. I’ll compile your ideas and link back to you!
First things first. If this is you–What if I hate my roommate? And I have no friends? And my classes are too hard? And I can’t find my car in the parking lot or I walk into the wrong classroom or I lose my key and can’t get back into my room in the middle of the night???–relax.
Everybody else is feeling like this, too. I’m serious. No matter how cool and confident your fellow freshmen may seem, they honestly have no idea what they’re doing.
So calm down, take a deep breath, and turn on your best 100-watt grin. Because as you may remember, confidence and laughter can get you through even the most embarrassing moments.
RA. RA. RA!
If you’re living in the dorms or on-campus apartments, you’ll have a Resident Advisor (RA) or living on your floor. Usually they’re 3rd or 4th year students, and except in the most extreme cases, they typically fall into the category of “people person.” Otherwise why would they want a job working with brand new college kids?
RAs are trained to help you deal with pretty much anything–from roommate trouble to finding your classes, and beyond. My RAs were amazing, helping some of my floormates figure out how to cope with issues like having an anorexic roommate to finding a ride to the airport. They were our go-to people for help and for fun, and there was usually a good group hanging out on a couch in the RAs’ rooms.
So when you are totally freaked out by something brand new and collegiate, head to your RA’s room and just ask.
Your first week of college is the ultimate time to socialize. Campuses, dorms, clubs, and Greek organizations have all kinds of parties and activities, so you should be able to find at least a couple things you want to do.
If you’re not into the late-night party scene, check out the daytime activities. My first week UCSD offered activities like kayaking, a sunset bonfire, a spirit rally.
And you guys, please say “Hi,” to a bunch of people. Chances are most of the people around you don’t know very many people, so the more people you chat with, the more likely you are to find your new BFF at school.
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