How You Will Feel On Your First Day of Class in College
One of the best things about school is that you can chose to approach each year differently.
A new school year allows fresh starts and new beginnings. Unlike most jobs and workplaces, school allows students the opportunity to “clean their plates” each year despite poor performances. I’m not saying you can continually post less than acceptable grades and expect to have a successful collegiate career, but there is room for one to grow from his mistakes and not be judge too critically for it. It’s college; people expect you to mess things up. In your freshman year, the first days are filled with anticipation and excitement. You just graduated from puberty laced high school and you can’t wait to be an independent adult. Slow your horses young person, don’t be so quick to grow up; use the resource that is your parents. Besides, being an adult is overrated!
Go to all the freshman events that you can stomach and spend countless hours in the hub lounge playing ping pong. For a freshman your first priority should be positioning yourself to get out of college. The close second would be to have as much fun as possible. You have three more years to beamoreseriousstudent.GotothatABC party, just make sure you’re up for class the next day.
Sophomore year is the first time you’ll feel yourself growing as a person in college. The first days of your second year will make you proud to be still in school. Seriously, you’ll see so many friends transfer or dropout (if they leave, they’ll probably end up on their parents couch at some point). If you remain, this should act as a test of mettle for you. Freshman year is filled with pitfalls and obstacles, but it’s the irresponsible ones who are usually weeded out. Some people just aren’t mature enough to handle college (there are some who are still successful somehow). The first few days of sophomore year you should feel more relaxed because you are now familiar with the environment. Familiarity breeds the opportunity to thrive; you know what you need to do to succeed, now do it.
Once you make it to junior year, the dreaded syllabus week has become all too stale and outdated. Now professors know your name and (hopefully) like you. You can smell the finish line coming up, but it’s still a ways out. By this point you’ve figured out a system for succeeding in school. This is also a time that you start consider joining more clubs and organizations. You may already be active on campus, but you lack leadership roles and relevant job experience. Don’t worry, you have year three of the college experience to do it.
Before you can graduate, you have to finish your senior year. It’s an obvious statement but it’s hard to do because the last year is the year you want to be in school the least (by far). You’ve probably completed an internship the summer prior, but you are still weary of your post graduation prospects. Although this is a scary feeling, it is a good one because it will make you productive and unsatisfiable. You know the end is neigh on college career and the real world awaits. Since the official first week of senior year, you know you have accomplished much but there is still much to be done. You look forward for a change—especially in scenery if you live in a college town. Just make sure you ACTUALLY have you chickens—credits— in order so you can graduate on time. Don’t be the guy who has to come back for another semester just to take the walking and jogging class.