Doing it right in the first year
As high schoolers head off to college for the first time, there is a mix of nerves and excitement in the air. Here are some things to be successful in that first year of post high school education.
Get involved. Studies show that students who are happiest at school are those who get involved on campus. So pick a club or activity that fits your style.
Try new things. You will be meeting lots of new people from different cultures and with different experience than you have had. Be open to the diversity on campus.
Live on campus. If you can, live in the residence halls. It will be a great opportunity for you to gain the full college experience. Much of the learning you will do will be outside of the classroom.
Make new friends but keep the old ones too. As the Girl Scouts sing, "Make new friends, but keep the old. One is silver and the other's gold." Keep in touch with your family and friends back home, but also reach out to new people on campus.
Take care of yourself. The all-nighters and pizza are fun, but make sure you do get some sleep and some exercise in. You can be fun and healthy at the same time; try intramural sports on campus or the kickbox aerobic class at the gym.
Don't take on too much. Although it is important to get involved, if you are a natural leader and doer, do not get over involved. If you take on too many things you will not be able to do any of them very well.
Be an adult. You are on your own now - which is cool and scary. Try new things, but also realize that you are responsible for your actions. Be respectful of others and be safe!
Have fun! This will undoubtedly be some of the most memorable years of your life - live it up!