As a recent college graduate, I look back at my freshman year as a distant memory but with so many life changing experiences. It was such a pivotal time in my life, transitioning from the comfort of high school to a completely different world that is college life.
From learning to adapt to my new professors to keeping up with challenging classes and projects. Times have changed from when I was freshman. There are so many resources to help you out during your first year that I wish I would've had or known when I first started my college journey.
CONVENIENT PHONE APPS:
We live in a world where our phones have become an extension of who we are. Try going without your phone for a day. You'll quickly realize after an hour that life is actually harder to navigate. The convenience of various transportation, food, shopping and GPS apps have completely transformed our lives, especially for college students. It saves us time and gives us up to date information at our disposal. If used right, phone apps can be beneficial.
I was lucky to have lived at home during my college years. Not only did I save money but I also didn't have to deal with the crammed living conditions that most freshman have live in. Dorms or off campus apartments are known to be small. You need to get creative in making these small spaces work. Containers, shelves, bins and organizers will truly become your best friend when trying to utilize every inch possible.
With so many deadlines and assignments due each week, keeping organized and staying focused is key in surviving college. Investing in a planner early on will instill accountability and good habits that will hopefully translate in every area of your life. With thousands of different planners out there, make sure you find a planner that is right for you, whether it's electronic or paper-based. I personally use both, depending on the extent of the task. Once you form the habit of using a planner, it will make your life much more easier and organized.
A laptop, cellphone and headphones will probably be the most useful technology you'll have to invest in. Nowadays, it would be difficult to keep up with the demands of your classes without a laptop. You need to be able to connect to the Internet at all hours of the day and at various places. Invest in a good laptop that will last you all four years of college. Headphones would be ideal as well since most areas on or off campus will be noisy. A smartphone will also be a lifesaver but makes sure to not let it distract you.
I always make sure to carry healthy snacks in my purse. Having a daily routine is important but as a college student, no two days are the same. Whether it's studying for a test or getting home late from a group meeting, your food schedule can be off. Proper nutrition is important in order to stay focused and energized through out the day or at least until your next meal.
It's important to feel comfortable and relaxed in your home, whether that be a dorm room, shared apartment or a house. Surround yourself with things that will bring you joy and calm you down after a stressful day at school or even when you're feeling homesick. Keeping pictures of your friends and family and sentimental items around your space can help make your day brighter.
Creating a homelike environment when you’re away for school makes your transition to college life easier. Unfortunately, buying enough furniture to fill your apartment might cost thousands, or even more if you want it delivered and set up properly. Luckily, CORT Furniture Rental can help you find comfortable, stylish and functional items for your living space in no time. The convenience and affordable prices of CORT will help alleviate some of the college stress and lets you go focus on the things that matter- like passing all your courses!