As a new high school graduate, you feel like you can touch the sky and pull it down all by yourself. In part, that feeling is well placed because you can do more now than ever before with your newly earned high school diploma. However, when you start college in the fall, you’ll quickly see that you’re not invincible and you will need to seek help to stay on top of your game. Making connections before starting college is very important, just as important as buying your books and registering for classes.
Memorize faces, learn names later
When you arrive for orientation, new student training or whatever session new students attend before starting class on your campus, work on memorizing the faces of the student (and older) leaders that you meet. These student leaders are there because they want to help you succeed, so if you see them during your first semester, they won’t mind answering more questions or helping you find a class. Names aren’t as important, because there’s no way you’ll remember it and most people will have nametags on, and faces are much easier. You may think that you’ll never see these people again, but trust me, you will! When I first started at Indiana State University last year, I recognized so many people that I had already met. Even in a crowd, our brains pick out the people we already know.
You’ll hear this many times from leaders on your campus. Ask questions if you have any during new student welcome activities, while registering for classes or just when hanging out. It’s a lot easier to ask then rather than when you’re back home, loading up the car and unsure if something was done or not. You’ll save yourself a lot of headache at move in time if you are prepared and have all your questions answered already!
Be prepared for move in
Speaking of move in, keep in mind that there will be lots of freshman moving in during the same short time period as you. Have anything packed in an organized fashion, listen to the student leaders directing you around campus and keep a positive attitude. Talk to your roommate before getting to campus and make sure you aren’t bring double of everything you will need. It can get to be overwhelming, but it’s also an enjoyable time. Make the most of it!
You have already done a lot to just get accepted and enrolled at your university. Don’t let it all go to waste because you weren’t prepared for what was ahead. Keep those faces you memorized at the very beginning in your brain and seek them out if you ever need help with something. You’re going to have plenty of resources on campus, don’t be afraid to use them! Everyone needs help at some point.