You're starting out at college and you're more than a little excited. Going to college is a young man or woman's transition into adulthood. You will face situations and realities that you never have before, and you will have to find new resources and strengths to handle them. Everyone's college experience is different, but here are a few things you can expect from college life.
Expect to meet new people from all walks of life. One of the great advantages to college is the diversity it provides. People from different cultures, backgrounds and belief systems all come together in one location. Have an open mind. What seems strange to you may be perfectly normal to others, and vice versa. If you stay flexible to new ideas and attitudes, you may make friends in places you never imagined you would.
You may have spent years in your home town and gotten to know it like the back of your hand. Suddenly you're in a whole new place, with different buildings, different landmarks, and a whole different layout. The first day, this may be a little scary. By the end of the first month, your college campus will probably already start to feel like home. You may be surprised how quickly you get to know your new location. When you arrive, it may seem like it will never happen. But it will happen and sooner than you think, so don't panic.
There are some things you are going to have to get used to in college. You're probably going to have to do your own laundry and your own shopping. You're going to have to learn to get along with your roommate. You may even get a little homesick from time to time. Just remember that these are things that everyone is going through. Take advantage of Freshman orientation to get to know your fellow new students and become acclimated to college life. Don't be afraid to approach the Residence Counselor for help and advice. That's what he or she is there for. And it's perfectly OK to call, write, or email friends and family back home when you need a little pick-me-up.
In addition to the above, you can also expect to be challenged academically like you never have before. You will need to rise to this occasion, and you can. Stay focused and disciplined. Set appropriate study hours and stick to them. You don't have to go to every single party or stay up late every single night. With a little planning, you can have a fun as well as academically successful college life.