Important Advice for new College Students

One of the first items on a new students list when going away to college is finding out what dorm room they will get and who they will be sharing the room with. Before college begins you will be filling out a number of papers with one of those being questions you will answer in order for the staff to match you up with a roommate. Be sure to complete this thoroughly and turn it into the college with your other forms.

The college will send you a roommate assignment sheet which usually includes the individuals contact information. Make contact with your roommate as soon as possible to introduce yourself. By making contact you will also avoid bringing duplicate items. Some tips for making a roommate relationship a successful one consists of: being considerate, using the golden rule, do not gossip or spread tales, offer constructive criticism when needed, discuss issues right away instead of allowing them to fester, use good hygiene, keep your part of the room cleaned up and tidy, be considerate when it comes to dating, stay out of your roommates things and always be yourself.

Try not to bring everything but the kitchen sink with you to school. The dorm rooms are generally small and can not hold a lot of belongings. Just bring the essentials. Generally freshman students do not bring their car with them to school. Some colleges and universities do not allow a freshman to have a car on campus so be sure to check with them first. Do not leave home without money. Discuss with your parents in advance how you will take care of minor expenses. 

Make sure you attend all of the orientations. Colleges and universities will usually hold a number of open-house events so new students can find out how to navigate the campus. These are invaluable get togethers and should not be missed. Always obtain complete information on the activities the college offers. Make sure you read through all of the information before making a decision on those you want to join. Meet with your adviser and discuss what classes you should take. Try not to stayed glued to your roommates side and instead venture off a bit so you can meet other friends. You will likely receive a campus map in with your orientation paperwork. Study the map and learn how to navigate the campus before classes start. 

Check out the laundry facilities and find out if the machines take regular coins or if you must obtain a laundry pass before classes start. The same applies to parking permits if you decide to take your car. Most colleges and universities use a lunch pass to pay for meals. Walk the campus with your map to familiarize yourself with the different cafeterias. Be sure to purchase your pass before school begins. Know where the health clinic is should you need them.

Register for your classes in person or on-line. Your college adviser will assist you in what classes you need to take. You can declare your major and minor if you are certain what these are. Most new college students do not know for sure what they want to major or minor in. Do not feel pressured that you must decide your freshman year. Choose a few extracurricular activities and plan on joining them. 

The best thing a new college student can do is to use good planning strategies, meet all college dead-lines, attend any orientations and to obtain assistance when needed. By doing these simple steps, the transition period should go smoothly and be less stressful.