- Get involved
Join some clubs or competitive teams like the travel club Entrada, WyoFanatics, or Speech and Debate! It’s a great way to meet people and create a support group for yourself at school.
- Minimize your distractions
Here’s the deal: bring a gadget to class and you will inevitably get distracted. One minute you’re enthralled with the mechanics of ionic bonds and next, you’re on coolmathgames.com defeating some space cubes. Plus, that retro-vibe is so in right now. You can’t go wrong with a notebook and pen.
- Select Your Seat Wisely
- Decorate your dorm
You gotta do it. Bring a cutie into your blank-walled dorm with a prison cot of an XL-Twin bed and suddenly their psychopath detector is RINGING. Just hop on Pinterest, learn to make a couple origami birds or snowflakes or something, bada-bing-bada-boom it’s a home. Joanna Gaines is shaking in her boots.
- Understand the Freshman Fifteen
- Go to sporting events
Sports make people excited. If they don’t, everyone else around you is excited, so your natural inclination to conform makes you pretend to be excited and then emotional-feedback theory does its thing and BAM you’re excited. There’s no better way to meet people than getting sweaty, loud, and excited together in the student section.
- Make new friends
Okay, making friends as an adult is HARD. The days of approaching someone on the playground, giving them a cool rock, and becoming locked-in for a lifetime of friendship are gone. (At least I think they are… someone try that out and let me know). But bear in mind, everyone is in the same boat as you are—ride the waves together.
***Pro-tip: clubs are one-stop shops for people with shared interests. Join in, meet some rad dudes, and you’ve got a crew.***
- Pencil in some naps
- Become a fan of fans
- Take advantage of the library
No idea if this actually makes you a better student, but there’s something about studying while surrounded by books and silence that makes you feel like an intellectual. Truthfully, we’re all just here for the feels, right?
- Stay hydrated
Hmmm, maybe this is just more of a life tip… Drink water or die. Hydrate or die-drate.
- Practice self-care
- Talk to your professors
Anything to get that ‘A’, right? Hahaha, just kidding. Visit office hours to bridge a connection with your professors. These dudes dedicate their whole lives to understanding the ins and outs of certain subject matter and they probably hold the keys to the universe. Get those keys, champ.
- Get some ZZZZZZZ's
All-nighters are truly inefficient and horrible. You might finish your work, but you wake up the next morning feeling like roadkill, trying to remember what year it is and how to spell your last name. Pretty soon you’re eight coffees and three five-hour-energies deep and you feel dizzy, nauseous, and still completely exhausted. Not worth it.
- Double strap that backpack
!!!Bonus Tip!!! Call your parents
They put in years and years and years of hard work for you to call and say you’re safe and happy. I promise your mom will be absolutely thrilled to hear about that sandwich you had for lunch, the seemingly unending lecture you just sat through, and all the great new people you’ve met. As long as you’re being safe, sweetie.
If you have a single second of free-time, schedule a nap. ”