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Be A Survivor
Your first year of college is all about surviving. You have to learn new skills, meet new people and be on your own for the first time in your life. That first year is very reminiscent of the show Survivor that you have all probably seen on tv. There are many aspects of the year that remind me of it. These would be the challenges and in the end, the money. This article will talk about those three aspects and how you can be the survivor on your floor.
The first thing you are going to have to overcome is the challenges. There can be many aspects of a challenge such as the preparation, mentally and physically as well as the anticipation beforehand. In college, this will come in many forms. Many students go in to college never having done laundry in their life and even though it’s such a small task, it’s one you have to know about before you walk in to the laundry station of your college. The first thing you should do to prepare for this is to read up online about how to do your laundry and how to organize it. You don’t want to be putting bleach into a load of all black clothes because you’ll soon realize how your clothes will not turn out right. So, there comes the preparation factor. Next is actually going through with the challenge. This may seem easy but I’ve seen many kids fail at their first time washing clothes. And since you only come to college with a limited amount in the first place, ruining your first load of laundry can be a huge mistake. That’s one of the more simple tasks. A bigger challenge is writing your first 20 page paper. In high school, the most students usually write is 5 pages, maybe 10 if it’s a bigger project. So when you first get assigned that big paper, it can seem like an overload. The good thing is all you have to do is prepare the same way you did with the laundry. Look up tips before hand on writing a paper, like writing out all of your topics on flashcards and organizing them on a big piece of paper with glue in the order you’ll write them. That way you can visually map out how you are going to write the project.
If you can make it through the minor and major challenges of college, you will be better prepared for when you actually get to graduate and make it into the real world. Applying the daily grind to your college life can better get you in the habit for taking on the real world and real deadlines you will one day face. Finding the right attitude for walking into class everyday can help reward you in the end when you walk out of class and realize you remember almost everything that you talked about during the discussion that day. It’s little challenges like that, that will help you get through college like it’s a piece of cake.
Sat, 2011-08-27 13:38#2
My first year of college was
My first year of college was difficult for me for a number of reasons. I was still living in my hometown and would go over to my mom's every friday night for dinner and to do laundry. That part was great. I was still with my highschool sweetheart and we had just moved into a house together the summer before my freshman year. That seemed like it would be great but was not so much. We had to try to figure out how to live "on our own" together, on top of me trying to figure out how to be a college student. On top of that, she couldn't afford to go to school and sort of resented my going to college. Both my freshman year and our relationship proved unsuccessful experiments, but I survived. Many years later, I'm finally about to earn my bachelor's degree.
Tue, 2011-09-13 19:35#3
My cousin unfortunately experienced this same issue. I hate to laugh, because it is a truth that alot of people are privleged enough to have their mothers or family members do their laundry for so long, that they just simply never had to learn. Shawna (my cousin) actually made the age-old mistake of washing her brand new red towells with the rest of her clothes, to save a buck or two. I think all together she only had one load, so of course it was much easier to just throw it all in together....unless of course you end up having to buy a new wardrobe, which she did, because she happens to despise the color pink:)
Mon, 2011-09-26 14:46#4
Felt like survivor
My first year of college really felt like survivor. I had a ton of axiety about going away to college and I was very reliant on my parents to do everything for me. The solution? Strand myself at a college 3 hours away from home with no car. It worked out perfectly. I was forced to confront my fears with the option of running away being nonexistant. I know that sounds a little extreme, but if I were to go to a college closeby my parents home (with a car), I would be often very tempted to go home for whatever reason and use my parents. Then, I would never fully get used to living on my own and I would never adapt and learn. So the point of this story is...go away to college if you have the option :)
Tue, 2011-09-27 17:24#5
The first year of college is all about learning the ropes and different behaviors to be successful at school. Much like the article mentions, you will be on your own for the first time, need to make new friends, feed yourself, and meet deadlines for classes. One of the most important things to do is go to class. I can not stress this enough...going to class makes everyhting easier in college from an academic standpoint. Get to know the folks on your floor - most of the time they prove to be some of the closest friends you will make in college. Finally, make sure you keep a good work/life balance. Its important to study and stay on top of your coursework but I would argue that the social aspect of college is equally as important.
Sat, 2012-06-02 13:13#6
I think the first year for
I think the first year for anyone away from home can be an incredibly difficult time. You are learning to live away from your parents, support yourself, and are usually having to deal with wholly unusual surroundings and trying to make new friends. On a similar note, your first year of college usually takes place when you are 18 and still even just trying to figure your own self out, let alone everyone else. Throwing college and classes into that mix can really exacerbate the situation and cause even the most calm and calculating individual to devolve into an anxious mess. The best advice that I can give to anyone just beginning their college career is to be careful how much you load on to yourself and take it one step as a time. Instead of worrying about ALL of the things you have to accomplish, instead think about the things that you may have already accomplished. By giving yourself the benefit of the doubt and not being an incredibly hard task master on yourself you make it so that you can be confident about something. Even if the rest of your world is falling to shambles you can always return to that one thing that you have confidence on and know you can succeed at. I know that this helped me, not only through college, but also through the number of times in my professional life that I have felt overwhelmed. Give yourself a "safe zone" to return to and you will never turn into a sloppy, worried mess ever again.
Thu, 2012-07-05 14:59#7
You might think that I am a
You might think that I am a weird person but for me the first year of college was a nice one. I did not have to survive at all. I loved what I studied and I managed to attend all my classes. I have to say that I had classes all day long since eight in the morning to eight in the afternoon.
I tried not to get in trouble with any of my teachers or colleagues, because I had a little bit of a short temper.
My first year was about studying and having fun. I managed to do them both. My only bad luck was that I was getting jobs only when the finals were approaching. That was extremely hard and tiring. My parents were glad they got rid of me, I felt the same about them, we called each other every day and things were going smooth. After a while I learned how to do all the things my mom used to do for me like the laundry or ironing, I already knew how to cook, so I had a lot of free time to do the things that made me happy. I guess it was easier for me because I am a girl.