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Tips and Tricks for a Great First Year in College

A guide on how to be better prepared for the first year in college.
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Dani Crossen
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The end of the school year is quickly approaching, and with it, comes the time for students to make the transition to the next grade — and for some seniors, this means moving up to college. College presents a variety of changes to a student’s daily life, such as adjusting to living on campus and potentially sharing communal spaces with a roommate, as well as gaining the ability to build a personalized schedule and select the time students want to attend classes. These classes are more difficult and intensive than the familiar high school workload, which may require a different mindset moving forward on how to best approach academics.

This new environment, along with more independence, means that college students should be more conscious of their habits and health. Eating right and forming healthy habits will help make the college experience easier. Eating right could look like getting all three meals a day and choosing healthy food options instead of fast food.

“Stay proactive for yourself,” said Olympic College freshman Theanna Easton. “Try to eat well and get good sleep, maintain good habits, and begin forming better ones now.”

Along with the increase in independence, the academic workload also spikes. Students will likely study for longer periods of time and with more depth. Some classes are almost completely independent and self-guided, which means that the professor will give a due date months in advance and it’s up to the student to learn the material. Planners and calendars can be really helpful for staying organized with classes.

“I would recommend that seniors learn how to be more independent with their schoolwork,” said Western Washington University freshman Paige Dixon. “Being able to organize when you need to do your homework and learning how to use a planner can be really helpful in college.”

It’s important to take advantage of the counselors and programs provided to the incoming freshmen to help get accustomed to college life. Incoming students have the opportunity to go to the welcome center and have help accommodating to the new school.

“I’d recommend making an advising appointment with a counselor or your college’s welcome center,” said Easton. “Those appointments fill up fast and they’re really useful, especially for a freshman who is new to the college environment.”

Making friends in college can also be really helpful in easing the process of getting acclimated to the college environment. Students have the option of joining clubs, sports teams, or getting to know their roommate or classmates.

“For me, making friends in college helped me a lot,” said Dixon. “I would recommend trying to socialize in new classes as well, because a lot of the people in those classes want to know more people as well.”

In college, new students may want to participate in the typical “college experience” which, for many, means partying with friends. These parties could include substance use such as drinking and smoking, which could present dangers to not only the student, but a student’s education.

“Good luck out there and don’t stress out too much over the whole thing,” said Easton. “You can always apply for college (or whatever you’re going for) later. Not getting into that one university now doesn’t mean you can’t try applying in the future. Go get ‘em out there!”

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Justin Majette
Justin Majette, Reporter
Justin Majette is in Journalism because he enjoys writing and giving people information about different topics. Outside of school Justin enjoys athletics such as volleyball, baseball, and lifting. His strengths are his capability to learn quickly and willingness to jump into new things. A hidden skill is that he can play the violin and piano. He plays in the CKHS select orchestra and enjoys performing with that group. Justin is the son of a military family. He was born in Maryland and moved back and forth between Washington and Virginia twice.
Dani Crossen
Dani Crossen, Reporter
Dani Crossen is a Sophomore in high school. She chose Journalism because she enjoys the freedom of being able to write about anything that is relevant and newsworthy. She likes to be able to report on things that are going on in the world while also being able to express her emotions and interests about certain topics through her writing. She first found out about Journalism her Freshman year and has been intrigued to continue ever since. Outside of school she enjoys spending her time writing personal stories and doing homework to keep herself busy. Her strengths as a student are writing and most things English related. Her hobby is collecting different types of cards. 
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