You did it. You graduated from hell (or, um, high school). Now you’re embarking on your first year of university and you’re super excited and scared. But hopefully more excited than scared. You’re moving out of your childhood home for the first time and leaving everyone and everything you know behind. Now what?
Well, you can listen to your mom and that sometimes annoying older sister of yours who loves to tell you what to do since she does everything first. They’re going to tell you that the next four years will be the best time of your life – as long as you study. A lot. Well, they’re right that your next four years will absolutely rock, but that won’t have anything to do with academics or what your college major is. Read on to find out how to make the most of your first college semester.
1. Sleep in Every Day
Hey, you’re finally on your own. That’s a big deal. Why wake up at 6am just because you have an 8am class? That’s definitely not the way to go. Instead, set your alarm for ten minutes before class starts, and see how fast you can run and still make it to class on time. You’ll save on a gym membership and break a sweat without sacrificing your beauty sleep. Sounds like a perfect plan.
2. Skip Some Classes
One of the benefits of being independent is that no one is there to tell you what to do. Make the most of it and skip classes whenever you feel like it. And yes, being exhausted and hungover is a good excuse – you’re a college kid now. You’re going to have hangovers. It’s basically the law. Sure, if you skip all your classes you might not end up graduating and you might have to kiss your dream job goodbye, but that’s a decision you have to make. And sometimes whatever’s going on in your dorm is way more fun than sitting in a stuffy lecture hall. Like the fact that your roomies are about to play some video games and drink some beer. Go ahead and join them. And then look up some useful hangover cures. You’re going to need them.
3. Pull an All-Nighter Every Night
So what if you’re tired? All-nighters are totally the way to go if you want to have a life outside of studying at college. You’re going to have tons of time left for partying and hanging out with your new friends if you save all your studying for the hours between midnight and 6am. Who needs sleep, after all? You’re young; you can handle missing a few nights’ sleep. And you can always sleep until noon this weekend. Your mom isn’t around to yell at you about this anymore.
4. Dream Big
Part of the college experience is figuring out what you want to do with the rest of your life. Unfortunately, college doesn’t last forever and you’re going to have to join the real world eventually. It sucks, I know. We all wish we could stay in school forever, but that would be just plain weird. One advantage of being young and idealistic, and in your first semester of college? You can dream as big as you want. So go ahead, picture yourself getting your dream job. College is for dreaming, after all. And for drinking. But you’ve already got that part covered, right?
5. Join Every Club and Group
Hey, you’re going to be old soon. You’re going to walk across that stage, throw your cap in the air (or do they only do that on TV?), and have to get a job in the real world. It’s going to be super boring, so you might as well have fun while you can. Become a total joiner and make the most of your college experience – at least right now while it’s still warm out and the leaves haven’t started falling yet and there’s a sense of optimism in the air. You can always quit everything when the snow starts coming down and it’s too freezing to leave your dorm room. Who could blame you?
6. Suck Up to Your Professors
In just a few years, you’re going to have to learn how to suck up to one very important person in your life: your boss. You might love them or hate them, but chances are you’re going to hate them since most people don’t exactly adore the person they have to work for. So you might as well learn how to suck up now, and you can start with your teachers. Flatter them, bring them an apple a day (it’s a popular saying for a reason) and come up with such wild, crazy and creative excuses for submitting all your essays late that they’ll have to believe you. You’ll win them over with your charm. It’s good practice for the working world.
7. Watch Netflix All Day Long
A sad fact of adult life is that your TV watching time gets seriously cut short thanks to the demands of work, keeping up with your social life, and maybe raising a family – or at least paying attention to your boyfriend/girlfriend. But you’re still super young so you might as well watch tons of TV now while you still can. No one will think it’s gross or weird that you haven’t moved from your spot on your bed in days and that there are empty pizza boxes all over your dorm room. Your roommates will probably even join you. Then at least you have a fun story to tell when you do get that first job. And hey, you can even turn your TV obsession into a career if you want. So really, you have to watch TV now. It’s research for your future career and you want to be prepared.
8. Skip the Dining Hall Food
Trust me on this one. You don’t want to eat the dining hall food. You really don’t. Sure, your parents paid for your room and board, and that includes a meal plan, but it’s not really food that’s being offered to you. It’s a food-like substance. Dorm food is never, ever good. Remember that and feel free to live off vending machine potato chips, chocolate bars, and pizza. Okay, so you might gain the Freshman 15 but then at least you know you’re normal. We all want to fit in, don’t we?
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It’s the most wonderful time of your life – you’re starting university, and you’ve got four long years ahead of you. With this helpful how-to guide, you can now make the most of every single moment. Sure, you’re supposed to get an education, but you also want to prepare yourself for the real world. Sometimes it’s fun being an adult – you make your own money and can actually pay for fun stuff without having to ask your parents for permission. But other stuff isn’t so fun at all, like evil bosses and coworkers who are fighting you for that promotion. So have fun now while you still can.
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