The big transition isn’t too far away. Many soon-to-be freshmen have already been on campus for orientation and most have their roommates lined up. Beneath the veneer of excited anticipation, almost all of them are nervous.
There’s a lot to contend with. Here are some of the things first-years are thinking about: joining clubs, deciding whether or not to get involved in Greek life, setting up the dorm room, adjusting to dining hall food, picking courses, carving out time to study, waking up on time, learning the campus, purchasing books, sharing a bathroom and, most importantly to most freshmen, making first impressions.
Suggestions to smooth the transition:
This could mean trying out for an a capella group, joining a fraternity or sorority, getting involved in the outdoor adventure club or an important community service project. When you attend the Student Activities open house extravaganza where every club is recruiting new members, commit to joining at least one totally new activity.