Some of you reading this might be in your last year of high school and looking to go to college next year. Or, you’ll be in the middle of your college education right now. Either way, I have a special guide for you. Below, is the essential guide to college life. I hope you enjoy!
Socialize As Much As Possible
Most people will tell you that college is the most fun time of their life. For the majority of guys, it’s the first time they get to spend time away from home. You have a new sense of independence; it’s brilliant. A quick look on Facebook and you’ll see all your friends in college posting cool pics with their roommates. It all looks so crazy and fun, the parties, the people, nothing beats it!
However, this is just one view of college life. It’s a view most people like to take, but not what everyone experiences. For some, college can be brutal. They struggle to make friends and end up shut in their room all the time. You can feel really lonely if you have no friends on your course or in your dorm. Take it from someone that spent his first year of college struggling to make friends; it isn’t nice! So, my advice to all dudes in college is to try and make as many friends as possible. Socialize with the people in your dorm, talk to everyone on your course, do whatever you can to make friends. It’s important because it can improve your college experience dramatically. But, you also have to remember that you’re going to see the same people for three years. You’ll have the same people on your course, so you need to be friendly with them. As for your roommates, it makes sense to be friends with them. You’ll be living together, so you want to be on good terms. Also, it could lead to you getting a house together next year!
I do have a piece of advice that can help you socialize more and make more friends. Instead of spending your free time doing nothing, you should join some societies. All colleges will have tonnes of societies for you to join. They can range from the most random things ever, to stuff that’s more common. For example, you can have football societies and Harry Potter societies, weird, right? Anyway, the point is, I’m sure you’ll find a society that’s ideal for you to join. And, maybe think about joining a fraternity? Frat houses have long been an iconic symbol of college life for guys in their early twenties. If you’re looking for a way to socialize and get a core group of friends, this is the perfect idea for you.
Look After Your Health
If you’re in college, then you can’t forget about your health. Everyone knows that your college years are the best in your life. You get to live life how you want it, parties every day, drinking til dawn, it’s amazing. But, it’s also a time where most guys take a serious health hit. You start college all fresh-faced and in good health. By the time you leave, you’re in a right state. Lots of men will get various health problems throughout their college life. Most notably, you can get things like liver damage. It doesn’t take a genius to figure out that this is down to all the excessive alcohol you’ll drink. Partying is fun, but you should always be aware of how much you’re drinking. It’s okay to get drunk now and then, we all like to do it! But, getting drunk every day is a surefire way to ruin your liver and have a problem for the rest of your life.
Also, it’s no secret that college guys spend a lot of their time chatting to all the girls in their college. Those three years will probably be the most promiscuous years of your life. And why not? Live a little; you’re only young once. However, you have to watch out for a few things with regards to your health. Firstly, the big thing to think about is STD’s. Make sure that none of your night time companions has an STD, or else you’re likely to get one. Similarly, have regular checks to ensure that you’re clean. You can see on www.SaferSTDTesting.com, that it takes about fifteen minutes for a checkup. That’s not a long time at all; there are no excuses here!
In addition to STD’s, you have to be aware of other diseases you can get from the other sex. Glandular Fever is a big one; it’s a disease most commonly passed by kissing. And, it can take months to go away. You don’t want to spend half the year recovering from an illness; it’s a waste of your tuition fees! Be safe, and always be conscious of your health.
Don’t Forget To Study
It’s funny how a college is a place designed for people to study. And yet, studying is something that’s far from everyone’s mind, especially in your first year. Even though you spent a lot of effort working hard to get into college, you tend to take a laid back approach. It’s almost like you think your work is done, you managed to get a place, you’re sorted. The next few years will be full of parties, and you can chill and cruise through.
Well, unless you’re a genius, this won’t be the case. I can say with full confidence that a lot of the college guys reading this will be struggling with their studies. As I write this, it’s coming up to the final stretch; your final exams are just around the corner. I bet you’re stressing out because you don’t understand half the stuff you’ve been taught. Do you know why? Because you didn’t pay attention during lectures and barely studied. The difference between college and school is that you don’t have teachers telling you everything. Instead, a lot of focus is put on independent learning; you must do things by yourself. So, most guys just don’t bother and won’t set foot in the library until March. It may seem like fun at the time, but sitting back and doing to work is an easy way to fail your studies. And then what? You either have to resit the year, or drop out of college. These are two things you don’t want to be doing.
So, my advice to all men going to college, or in college, is to study. Don’t forget the reason you’re there; to learn. Make sure you study first and fit your social life around your studies. Trust me; you can easily do both. There’s no reason you can’t study hard, and then party even harder. If you put in the effort, you’ll find your college life is so much easier. Don’t make things hard for yourself, find out where the library is, and study!
Make The Most Of Your Time Off
Although college life is fun, it can sometimes take its toll on you. There are periods where you just wish for a rest. You need a break from studies; you need to relax. Luckily, although college terms are long, so are the breaks. You get a nice long Christmas, spring, and summer break.
During your time off, I suggest you do one thing; make the most of it. Go and do things that you’re unable to do when you’re in college. At Christmas and summer, go back home and stay with your family. It can be great to get a few home comforts. You’ve spent months away from your parents and siblings; it’s nice to spend some time with them again. Plus, because you’ve been away, you get treated like a guest in a five-star hotel! No doubt your mum will be fussing over you and giving you loads of home cooked meals. Even though you look the same as when she last saw you, she insists you’ve lost weight. Don’t complain; it just means you get more of her delicious cooking. Spend your holidays chilling at home, at least for a portion of your time off. It can be a great way to relax and escape college life.
As I mentioned, you’ll get time off for spring break too. Typically, most college students go away for an awesome spring break holiday. I suggest you do this too, as you’re never given a chance to go away during term time. There are tonnes of popular places to go for spring break, and they’re all sunny and have amazing beaches. Rally up your mates and book your trip! If you want some spring break ideas, check out this piece here http://travel.usnews.com/.
And that’s all folks! It took a while, but if you’re reading this, then you made it to the end of my guide. There’re tonnes of helpful information and tips in there that you can use. Your college years will be amazing, especially with my guide helping you!