Emma Bilello shares insights shaped by personal experience in the first of three articles addressing the specific concerns of female students during freshman year. At college, you are exposed to a whole new spectrum of different people from all over, many of whom are just as eager as you to make friends.
The following 10 tips can help ease the transition from high school to college and provide a heads-up on what to expect. Sometimes, though, the people you associate with during those first few weeks don't end up being the same group of friends you keep during your time in college.
Remember that there are plenty of other new college students who feel the exact same way you do (this may even be grounds for starting a conversation) and it will be hard to get to know some of them if you're ruminating on how much you want to be back home.4. There are a lot of new experiences waiting for a girl when she starts college: new friends, roommates, different places, etc.
The best advice usually comes from someone who's been there, done that.
So for guidance on how to make the most of your first year at college, who better to ask than a graduating senior?
However, it is crucial not to immerse yourself in your life back home to the point where it begins to hinder your school work and your ability to make new friends.
Between missing your family and friends, and confronting the new-found academic challenges higher education brings, it is easy to believe that you "hate" college itself, or even the college you go to.While it may be rough in the beginning, if you allow yourself to look at the positives of being at college rather than the negatives, you will find your experience in the first few months to be a lot more enjoyable.