By Louis Gomez - NextGenVest Global Ambassador
College is coming.Fellow peers, college is almost here, a pretty big step for anyone. For many people it's their first time out of a sheltered environment. Gone are the comforts of a home-cooked meal and your own bedroom - now we have orientation and dorms and classes.Even I don't know what to expect. I'm a rising freshman and I haven't even officially been to college yet. But what I can do is offer advice regarding things I've come across on my journey to university.
1) Ask Questions.
Ask questions if you're unsure of something. Your school likely has a Facebook group filled with other students in the exact same position as you are. Many will be asking the same questions and you can learn from the school’s or other student’s responses.Even if there are no answers to be had on social media, you college has resources to help. Whether it's the office of student life, residential housing, or admissions, there are people whose job it is to answer student’s questions and make the transition into college easier, supplying you with all the information you need.
2) Talk To People.
As the title implies, good communication is everything. If there's some errors in your housing application that need to be fixed, or if you’re having problems with your roommate, or if you need to speak to a professor about some confusing coursework, talk to the necessary people. Emails are a great way to get a fast answer but sometimes more contact is needed. Pick up the phone, schedule appointments, be courteous and professional. And don't be afraid to ask questions you might think are silly, chances are they’ve heard it before.
3) Be Open.
Openness is a difficult thing to come to terms with. It's usually very difficult for people to leave their preconceptions and expectations at the door and be totally open in a new situation. Nevertheless, college is a time where being open is key. You'll be meeting new people from new places with values, opinions, and traditions that differ from yours. Remain open and you’ll learn new ideas, new ways of thinking, new customs that could really enhance your life and college experience. 4) Have Fun!College is one of the few times in your life where you can try everything available to you without it being too difficult. You can take a class in whatever interests you, join or create almost any extracurricular activity, go on service, research, or study abroad trips for weeks or months on end–it’s an amazing time to fulfill goals and learn about yourself.Take your time, try what you like, and have fun doing it.