Establishing long-lasting relationships and friendships with people who live in your freshman dorm is one of the most important aspects of the beginning of college. The people you meet freshman year should ideally become the best friends you hang out with throughout college. This goes for meeting girls and guys.
But, I already know people from high school that go to my college. So what. Sure, you can retain these friendships if they are important to you, but take college as the opportunity to branch out and meet new people. The people from your high school are likely similar in many aspects of their lives.
College exposes you to a wide variety of people from many different walks of life. Remember, there are a lot more people in your school now. In high school, you might have thought you were a star athlete or scholar. I’m going to tell you right now that this doesn’t mean anything. There are always going to be people smarter than you, dumber than you, richer than you, and poorer than you. You are now a small fish in a big pond.
This post is not to say that you should only hang out with people you meet freshman year either. For me, I met the majority of my friends (that I actually hang out with) through my fraternity. This was wonderful, but I didn’t start building these relationships until the end of freshman year. Also, it is nice to have friends that aren’t affiliated with a sorority or fraternity.
Long story short, try to make as many friends as possible. Don’t worry about trying to date anyone. Oh, and that relationship from high school or your girlfriend/boyfriend who goes to another college…well I’ll talk about that later. Just try to meet people and hold on to those connections.
End of Summer Looming Near
It’s that time of year again when everyone is getting ready to go back to school. Summer internships are nearing a close toward the first weeks of August, that is, if you were able to get one in the first place. This summer was especially difficult for many college students in finding good internship programs. I know of many people who had internship offers that were taken back or turned into unpaid because of the economy. Interns are usually the first to get cut when a business is struggling. However, a business that retains such programs in light of bad financial times, should be seen as one that is fairly reputable.
The beginning of the school year is one of the most fun and exciting times. The first week of classes, also known as syllabus week, is filled full of partying and rekindling friendships from the previous year. Each year you get to revamp your room and your lifestyle.
This year I will be moving into a house with some other guys. The past two years I have lived in a fraternity house. There is something to be said about having your own room.
All of you recent high school graduates are likely surfing the web trying to find out more about your college, what dorm you’re living in, who your roommate is, what type of laptop to buy, and what cool stuff to get for your room.