At Command Education, we understand that this school year is more difficult than most. College freshman, we are so proud of you for taking a huge step in your educational journey during such a difficult time. Here is some advice from our Senior Mentors which we hope will help to make your transition from high school to college go smoothly.
“I think one of the most important lessons I learned freshman year was that I’m not just a student, I’m a person. While academics should be a priority, you also deserve to do human things like stay up late watching your favorite childhood movies, or sleeping in and making a late breakfast with your roommates. You can always watch the recorded lecture later to catch up (from time to time). Remember to treat yourself like a living, breathing person, not just a robot who churns our papers and problem sets.“
“One of the biggest changes from high school to college is having more free time. Figure out early on what you need to do to find structure and get your work done (i.e wake up at 8 a.m. to eat breakfast and finish your paper) so that you actually have time to fully enjoy your friends, student clubs, sports games, or other cool things going on around campus. It’s never a bad idea to get your work done early because you never know when something fun might pop up later.”
“Embrace all of the uncertainty and opportunities freshman year provides. Dive into your studies. College is your place to explore yourself and the world around you to the fullest. Make friends.“
“After college, summer is just a season. Make sure to give yourself a break to just relax and have fun. Balance is key, and the more you practice it, the more natural finding it becomes.”
“Also, just because you took a class on something doesn’t make you an expert in it. If anything, it should tell you how little you know. Experience and time cannot be replicated. Don’t lecture people and don’t be a know-it-all.”
“Don’t feel pressured to feel like you must know what you want to major in or do after college as soon you begin your freshman year. Everyone’s path in college looks different, and it’s important that you forge one that is authentic to you. If you’re feeling stuck, consider signing up for a class you’ve never considered taking before, or joining a club that’s out of your comfort zone. Also, don’t be afraid to reach out to friends, professors, and student services for help!”
“Remember that your worth is inherent, not contingent. Yes, you are phenomenal to have gained admission to your university, and achieving top grades should absolutely be top of mind, but you are just as worthy of respect if you earn As as if you earn Cs. Be easy on yourself and don’t compare yourself too much to others! Forming a solid foundation of confidence will be crucial for maintaining great mental health during the challenging adjustment period that freshman year often constitutes.“
“Put yourself out there as much as possible – especially if it means leaving your comfort zone. You might try something and fall in love with it, or meet an amazing new friend. If you end up disliking the experience, remember the important thing is that you gave it a shot.“
We sincerely hope that this advice helps you thrive during your first year of college and beyond. Good luck!