Making the Most of Your First Year of College

Now that the first semester is halfway over and I am ~finally~ settled in at Rutgers, here are some helpful tips that I have learned throughout the past two months.

1. Focus, focus, focus. I have heard countless times that time management is so crucial in college, and boy is it true. College classes are so much different from high school and they take a lot more effort and hard work, but if you focus and put in the time for your classes it will absolutely pay off. As fun as going out every night may seem, focusing on your classes is so much more important and will be worth it in the long run.

2. Join clubs. This is something that I did not take advantage of as much as I should have in the first few weeks of school. Definitely go out to the involvement fair on College Ave which will be one of the first few days of school and sign up for anything that interests you. Being involved on campus is a huge resume builder.

3. Have fun. While it is crucial to focus on your academics, it is most important that you make the most out of your four years (or more) at this school. This includes going out and making new friends and having a blast with them. Whether you are getting a bite to eat at one of the fabulous restaurants on Easton Ave, studying, or going out at night, it always is so much fun to be with people who share the same interests as you and that you can have a good time with.

4. Think about your future plans. This can be super scary for many people, and trust me I have no idea what exactly I want to do with my life yet. But it is important to really think about it and talk to advisors and the lovely people at career services to help you out. You don’t want to be stuck at the end of sophomore year with absolutely no idea what you want to major in. So, take classes and join clubs that interest you and I have no doubt that everything will fall into place!