10 Essential Pieces of Advice for College Students


You’re off to college. You have your new laptop tucked away in your stylish new backpack. Your four month calendar is waiting to be unfurled, hung on your dorm room wall, and covered in due dates. And you have a whole box packed with your very own “adult” things, from towels to a toothbrush holder to cleaning products.

You’re pretty sure you have all of your back to school essentials covered. However, here are a few things you might be missing!

There is more to prepping to go away to college than just buying the living and school items you’ll need while you are there. There are also essential things you need to know before heading off — things that will better prepare you for your new life as a college student.

So as you are packing up the car, unpacking your things, or heading to your first day of classes, make sure you remember these pieces of advice.

Your Parents
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1. Your Parents

Perhaps one of the most important things to remember as you go back to school is your parents. If they are dropping you off at your dorm during move in week, let them do everything in their power to help you out.

If mom wants to make your bed and fold your clothes, let her. If dad wants to walk around the floor introducing himself, let him.

If they both want to give you a hug before they leave, let them. It is important to realize that while you are beginning the next chapter of your life, they are also starting the next chapter of theirs.

To you, this is your chance to be free, a chance to live by your own rules and be your own boss. To them, this is their baby going off to live on their own in a strange new place without parents.

Chances are, this transition will be a lot harder on them than it will be on you, so let them do whatever it is they feel like doing and don’t make any complaints.

Old Friends

2. Old Friends

New school. New town. New friends.

It is important to socialize and make new friends during your next few years in post-secondary education, but don’t forget the lifelong friends you’ve had up until this point.

The friends you are leaving behind or who are going off to a different college are probably going to spend the next few weeks wondering what the hell they are going to do now that their best friend is in a new place with new friends.

Stay in touch with them, even if it’s via text message every couple of days. Let them know that you still think of them, and can’t wait to have a weekend home!

Get Involved
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3. Get Involved

Live life and get involved in your school. Either join a team, or join a club.

Believe it or not, there are so many different clubs that universities and colleges have to offer, and you never really have to go far to find something you’re interested in.

Be open to trying new things, and make sure that you give the club a chance before deciding it’s not for you.