Ahhh, the life of a freshman. It’s your first year at college, you’re getting ready to have the “time of your life” (or so ten of your family members have told you), and you’re getting ready to live your best life for the next three or so years. It’s gonna be a blast, right? Well, if you’ve learned everything there is to know about college from Hollywood movies, you might be in for a bit of a surprise. College can be challenging if you don’t know how to cope with the struggles.
With college movies and television shows dominating our screens, it’s easy to build up expectations of college life. You assume it’s going to be one big party, you assume you’re going to smash the acapella world like the Barden Bellas, and you assume that you’re going to bag the most incredible job at the end of it. It’s these kinds of expectations that will cause a little confusion. While college will be a whole heap of fun, it also requires a lot of work on your part. You can’t just rock up and have the best time, and if you have that expectation you’re in for a big surprise…
Although most high schoolers look forward to living away from home, they don’t like the thought of sharing a room with a complete stranger. After all, it is a bit odd. Because of this, college freshman often struggle to get on board with their college experience. It might be that their roommate is just not their kinda person, it may be that they’re too loud, or it may be that they’re telling you that you’re too loud. If you don’t get on, it can cause real problems. So, at least try to be civil!
Their lack of sleep
College is all about the party lifestyle, right? Well, yes and no. While college is a time for you to let your hair down and have some fun with new friends, you also need to make sure that you get enough sleep to fulfill your actual college life. You need to attend your classes, you need to get your work done, and you need sleep to do that. Lack of sleep can seriously impact your whole college experience, so make sure you those eight hours!
Let’s be honest; college is pretty darn expensive. You have rent to pay, you have tuition to afford, and you have a life to lead. While there are some people who get help with this, there are others who have to buy everything themselves while juggling schoolwork and a job. Sometimes it can seem almost impossible, and students find themselves struggling more and more money. The best advice we can give? Budget as much as possible, and try to keep spending down to a minimum.
College is a whirlwind experience, and there are so many amazing things to look forward to. However, it can get overwhelming sometimes, and understanding what you struggle the most with is the best way to overcome this.