It’s crazy to think that a new school year is starting up! I’m very excited about graduating in December but I still can’t believe that this is my last first day of school ever!
Whether you’re an incoming freshman or just needs a fresh take on how to take on the semester then check out this list.
- Do as many internships as you can
College is the time for you to figure out what you want to do with the rest of your life! That’s not something you should take lightly! If you need more experience to get an internship, I know a lot of medical fields take that, then do shadowing opportunities. Be as involved as you can with your major, that’s really the only way to figure out if you’re in the right program. Internships also make your resume look great! I really do believe that I’ve gotten a majority of my opportunities because I started early! I got my first internship the summer after my freshman year. It was a non-paid gig down in Colorado Springs. It wasn’t the most glamorous job but it helped me learn a ton!
- Find a workout that works for you
Whether it’s lifting weights, yoga, running or doing some workout class. Try to work out in college! It’s a great stress reliever and you’re setting the tone for a healthy lifestyle at a young age. This tip is especially for those living in the dorms! The freshman fifteen is real! I think I gained seven pounds my freshman year, just from eating the food in the dining halls and not working out. Your workouts can constantly change but find one that really works for you! I personally prefer to do more weights now than a class but just find something that makes you feel comfortable and confident.
If you’re interested in getting into the weight room but don’t know any workouts, check out Whitney Simmons on Youtube.
If you’re not addicted to your phone (unlike me) then this app is for you! Pocketpoints forces you to not use your phone while in class. You upload your class schedule and if you stay off your phone during class then you can earn points to get deals at local restaurants! It’s really a great app, if you’re good at staying off your phone!
- Drink lots of water
Once back to school hits it’s so easy to catch a cold! Especially during the first weeks of classes, drink lots of water to avoid going under the weather. I personally carry around a water bottle with me wherever I go to make sure that I am constantly drinking. H2O helps keep your skin clear from breakouts! That should be reason enough to keep drinking!
- Always carry a charger
Whether it’s a phone charger, or a laptop or tablet charger, make sure that you have one or both with you! There’s nothing worse than having your computer die during class or your phone about to die when you need to make an important call! I personally carry multiple with me, just because I need both for my work.
- Have a planner & use it!
College can be extremely stressful if you aren’t organized. I’m sure you’ve heard this a ton before but get a planner that you really like! I personally love crossing things off a to-do list. Keep track of assignments that are due, work schedules & outings that are planned with friends. It’s so easy to forget something when you have so much going on. I know I’ve done it. I feel like it also helps you not procrastinate as much. You see assignments that are due in the future so you know that you need to stay on top of them.
- Call your mom – she misses you!
This one took me way too long to realize but your parents really do miss you once you leave! I should have called my mom way more often my freshman year than I did. Unlike in high school, in college, your parents kinda become your friends (or at least mine did). It was easy to talk about finances and get advice on the more important things going on. Crazy enough, your parents have been there and know how hard it can be.
- Last but not least – surround yourself with good people
You will meet lots of different people during your college career. Take advantage of meeting new faces and networking but also choose to surround yourself with people that want the best for you. Don’t put yourself in a situation where you feel uncomfortable. If you’re going out, have friends that will stick with you and know your plan for the night. My friend Shannon and I both know that we stick together every night we go out, whether that’s in Denver or in our college town. Just be smart but have fun. Go out on a Tuesday night if all your friends are, even if you have an 8AM or a 9AM the next morning. I promise you’ll remember the night out instead of the class. With that being said, take school seriously! You’re spending a ton of money to get an education so have fun but get your degree.
This last mention really isn’t a tip but check out Caitlin Bea for some great apps and advice on how to be a #girlboss! I love watching her videos and have definitely learned some really cool apps from her!
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