In this post, I would like to pass on small pieces of the best advice I received when I transitioned to a campus thousands of miles from home.
When making friends: Be nothing but yourself. Being in a new environment and surrounded by strangers can give someone the urge to reinvent themselves and be something other than themselves. There is nothing wrong with evolving and growing into adulthood, but change at your own discretion. Pretending to be something you are not never lasts, so just be yourself.
Surviving the academic rigor: Scheduling is everything. Google calendar has saved my life many times. I have every hour of every academic day scheduled in my calendar. Still, I do keep a physical planner on hand. It helps to have a physical calendar to look over in order to plan your time wisely so you can pass your classes and never fall behind.
Join a community: Various studies have shown that college students excel when they integrate into their campus. It can be a book club or simply making friends with your neighbors, having connections outside of classes is vital to your success. It also looks great on resumes when you are part of college clubs and extracurriculars.
Finally, there is nothing wrong with depending on others, especially family and friends. Being a college student doesn’t mean you have to go at it alone. Evolve and be independent but also know that you can talk to others and listen to advice. Being an adult is not about reaching the legal age of 18; it’s about having the wisdom to manage your life but having no fear of reaching out and getting help when you must.
-- Katherine Jimenez