- 1. According to US News & World Report As many as 1 in 3 first-year college students won't make itback for sophomore year. A 2002 study by researchers at the University ofCalifornia, Los Angeles, found that students'emotional health declined during the first year ofcollege Reasons for the decline include: Homesickness Academic Difficulties Feeling Overwhelmed Credit Card Debt Conflicts with Roommates Lack of Affiliation Stress Partying too much
2. Be cognizant of hidden costs. Keeping a record of all expenditures willforce you to be accountable forextracurricular spending, includingclothes shopping and nights out withfriendsAvoid Credit Cards!!! 3. Having to choose whatto bring to college canbe stressful. Remember, you aremoving into a smallspace with little storage Bring storage boxes thatcan be stored underbeds and in closets. 4. You will be sharing asmall space with otherpeople. Avoid issues by settingground rules from thebeginning. Up front conversations aboutcleaning schedules and havingfriends over can ensure roommatesare on the same page. 5. Call, don't click. Once you have beenassigned a roommate, givethem a call simply tointroduce yourself or to divvyup who is bringing the TV andwho the mini-fridge. Donna McGalliard, dean ofresidence life and housing atWake Forest University says, "Don't just rely on Facebook,Texting, Twitter, etc...to get toknow someone. People aremore than the pictures they poston social network sites." 6. Don't let problems pile up. If they have a habit thatannoys you, or there's a moreserious problem, have anhonest conversation. "The first one to know about aroommate conflict should bethe roommate," says DavidTuttle, interim vice president ofstudent affairs at TrinityUniversity, in San Antonio. "Students often hold onto stuffand blurt it all out when things getto be too much." 7. You don't have to be best friends. There are a lucky few who form lifelongbonds with their freshman roommate,but according to college housingofficials, it's not the norm. The only expectations you should haveof your roommate is that they respectyou and the living space. Anythingbeyond that is a gift, not a mandate. "Most freshmen feel a pressure tobecome best friends with theirroommates," says Debra Waller-Frederick, director of residence life atMount Saint Mary College, in Newburgh,N.Y. "This isn't necessary nor is it realistic. Theymerely have to live together. If the endresult next May is that they are best friends,well, that's great." 8. Compromise. Many college freshmen arrive to school having grown used tohaving a room to themselves. However, that's usually not thecase when living on campus, so be prepared to compromise. A steady give and take between you and your roommate willease the tensions that can arise in a shared room. "It is about sharing and coming up with workable compromisesthat both you and your roommate are comfortable with," saysRick Moreci, director of housing services at Chicago's DePaulUniversity."Compromise does not have tomean sacrifice. It means workingtogether with your roommate todetermine the rules for your newliving arrangement that you canboth be comfortable with." 9. Set rules. Having a frank conversation with yourroommate in the first few days in aneffort to set some rules will prove to behelpful long term. Whether it be about cleaning the room,listening to music or having friends over,letting your roommate know what mightmake you uncomfortable is important. 10. There are many things that can pressurenew college students: making friends, doing well in class, being onyour own, etc But you can alleviate this stress bygetting enough sleep, eating well, andexercising regularly. 11. Use a planner orelectronic device tohelp maintain aschedule and keepup with obligations. There are a lot ofobligations andevents on a collegestudents plate and itcan becomeoverwhelming tomanage. 12. Your room is the worst place to study becauseof the comfort and the distractions. Its far too easy to wander across the hall and talk toyour neighbor, or to have Facebook on while youglance back and forth from your book to the screen. Find a spot that works for you A carrel in the upper stacks of the main library Someplace where there are no distractions. 13. Office Hours are the posted days and timesa professor can be expected to be inhis/her office available to students. Show up for those hours with specificquestions or concerns related to the classyou are taking. Be polite and to the point. Building a good relationship with yourprofessors can be advantageous whenlooking for letters of rec. internships, etc 14. Always Go to Class Theres no detention or punishment for missingclasses, Sometimes your professors lecture notes areonline Your class hours drop by more than halfwhen you go to college.You have access to some of themost accomplished experts in theirfield, and you are paying atremendous amount of money tohave access to them.Dont waste it!!