College and All the Change It Comes With

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Freshman Experience (Part VI)

Over the past few months, I feel like there has been some gain in the level of my maturity as I have made some adjustments to the previous routine I have held for the past 18 years of my life.

First of all, I have had to learn how to manage my time. In high school, I feel like a lot of the day was well planned with the seven-hour school day, sports and clubs after school and hours of AP homework. It has been a hard transition to make a schedule from scratch and have it change constantly, but in college change is always happening.

Secondly, my study habits have changed. I won’t lie to you, sometimes in high school I could get by without studying or even BSing a homework assignment, but in college this is not an option. If you do not complete an assignment, you do not get credit. If you do not understand a chapter- you’re in for a ride on your pop quiz. College really keeps you on your toes and is constantly trying to test you, in all aspects possible.

Thirdly, something that I have understood the importance of in college is health. I force myself go to the gym at least three times a week and run on the treadmill for half an hour and then stretch. By doing this simple 45-minute routine at the gym, I have seen a significant decrease in my stress. I am also more aware in my classes and get better sleep because of it.

Lastly, STAY ORGANIZED! Clean your room, do your laundry, and make your bed every morning. Also, make sure you have a planner or some sort of calendar and write down the important deadlines (ex. When your next midterm is or when you scheduled your doctor’s appointment).

College is hard, I won’t lie, but it is also extremely fun. New things happen each day and while it is stressful, you should never forget to unwind with friends and do the things you love while also staying on top of everything!

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