School can be tough. Even when you feel like you should be enjoying it and having the best time of your life, it’s okay to admit that things are much harder than you ever thought they would be. It’s often a big change, and it’s not going to be something that everyone takes to easily. But you don’t just have to accept that you’re going to find it hard. Whether you’ve just moved off to college this past fall, or you’re starting next year and you’re starting to worry about it already, there are some things that you can do to make sure you settle well. So let’s take a look at what they are.
Everyone always feels so much better when they’re comfortable. There’s a reason why we all love home so much because it’s the place that we most feel ourselves. And while you’re not necessarily going to want to recreate your home at college, you are going to want to get comfortable. Have fun with your dorm room decor and don’t just leave it as it was when you first moved in. Get yourself some pretty sheets, rugs, wall hangings, and accessories to jazz the place up. It will all help you to feel like you’ve made yourself at home.
When you’re not settled, it’s easy to let your mind take over. But you’re going to want to try and control your thoughts and focus instead. Because when you have something else to occupy your mind, you’re more likely to settle in without even realizing it. So go out and buy the books you need or rent textbooks if you want to save money and get researching. Not only will studying be a great distraction, but it’s also going to help you get ahead too.
Get A Taste
Alongside studying, you need something to get excited about. And that’s where taster courses can come in. You may have missed it for this year, but for those attending next year (or in your sophomore year) why not take some taster courses? Try out different classes, even those you know nothing about. As you may find you meet new people and find a passion for something that helps you to settle.
But your academics aren’t the only thing that can help you to feel more at home when you go off to college. It’s important that you get social, even if it’s not overly your style – there will be a group out there for you. And there are plenty of clubs to join, even if you’re not a sporty or arty type. So put yourself out there and see which might work best for you.
Get Used To It
But you’re also going to want to work on your mindset. When you’re not adjusting, it can often be in your head. You’ll find it so much easier to settle if you get into the new chapter frame of mind. It’s normal to feel homesick and to even struggle to adjust, but don’t let yourself stop you from enjoying an incredible future, just because you’re scared.
Talk to me in the comments, please:
What tips would you have for someone to be able to get settled in at school?