College is a time of great change for many teenagers, but these changes do not have to be difficult. Without parents looking over your shoulder, the choices you make during college life are entirely your own. However, this is where difficulties can arise.
A very intimidating aspect of college life is leaving old friends behind. If you’re the shy type, there are a few pointers that may help. Many colleges have a freshman orientation program to help students adjust to college life. This orientation usually shows students the location of class rooms, the gym, and other important areas. Perhaps more important, however, is that there's a large group of freshman students in one concentrated area, which provides an excellent opportunity to meet new people.
Many schools pair up freshman students with a stranger for a roommate. This can be intimidating, but you will not find a better opportunity to quickly make a friend. Be sure to follow your pre-college life hobbies as well, since extra-curricular sports and clubs are a great way to meet like-minded people.
In college, whether you go to class is entirely up to you. Many professors have an attendance policy, and are not lenient towards freshmen who are still adjusting to college life. It's OK to miss a few classes, but remember why you went to college in the first place. If you don't go to class, you don't learn. Also, class is a great place to meet other students.
Weight gain during freshman year can be a serious problem. For many students, the likely cause is poor choice in diet. Gaining weight is a problem that can be easily avoided. Don't limit your diet to junk food! Balance your meals with fruit and vegetables, and be sure to get some exercise as well.
No matter where you go to college, chances are high that there will be plenty of parties to attend, both on weekdays and the weekend. It's OK to blow off some steam once in awhile, but don't let parties interfere with your academics. Remember that many universities frown on loud, disruptive parties, and campus police have no qualms about enforcing the law. College life can be difficult enough without an expensive fine and other possible disciplinary actions. Make intelligent, responsible choices.
It's natural to feel a little homesick once in awhile. So when you do, just remember that your friends and family are only a phone call or email away.