Going away to college can be scary, but I’m gonna break down 1o things you should know before freshman year at Troy University. There are a lot of decisions you have to make, and a lot of moments where you might feel underprepared. You should know you’re not alone. Almost every college freshman experiences the same troubles and tribulations that you are experiencing. Hopefully, these 10 things will help you overcome some common stressors and make you prepared and excited for your freshman year at Troy University!
1. Start Applying For Jobs Now
The location of your college will definitely make an impact on how many part-time job opportunities you have, and it can take a while to find a job in a small town like Troy. If you know you are going to need money right away, start applying for jobs the summer before your freshman year.
This way, you are ahead of all other applicants, and jobs are more likely to hire you right away. You should be willing to make the trip to Troy over the summer for an interview, as this shows employers that you are dedicated and that you actually want the job.
2. Everyone Changes Their Major
Sure, you don’t want to be that person that changes their major 11 times, but it’s okay to switch it up a few times, especially during your freshman year. This is one of the things everyone should know, because changing your major can make you feel discouraged about what you want to do.
You’re still discovering who you are, and you don’t want to settle for a career you’re unhappy with. Troy University also has a pathfinder program to help you find a major if you’re unsure. You can take classes in different programs, so you can experience different fields. This helps you find things you like/dislike, while also giving you credit hours.
3. You Should Get To Know Your Professors
Get to know your professors right away–don’t waste time. Things, like sitting at the front of the class, answering questions, participating in class discussions, and not being shy, can really give you an advantage with your professors.
Professors can be very helpful–not only concerning your classes/grades, but also in helping to set you up with great job opportunities that you would have otherwise missed out on! Showing your professors that you’re engaged in the class and that you care can go a long way.
4. Use Your Campus Resources
Like many other universities, Troy offers many “free” resources for students. Make sure to utilize things like your on-campus gym membership since you’re already paying the university for it, in things like student recreation fees. Don’t be afraid to get tutoring or counseling if you need it–these things are offered for free on campus. Don’t let that fee money go to waste!
5. Avoid Buying Books From The Campus Bookstore
You may have no other choice but to buy certain textbooks from the Troy bookstore, but make sure to check all of your options first. A lot of students will sell their textbooks on the Troy Students facebook page, which can be much cheaper. You might find textbooks for sale for $15, as opposed to $150 in the bookstore. You can also check websites like Amazon or Ebay. Buying used textbooks from individuals can save you hundreds of dollars. You should definitely look into it!
6. You Need To Manage Your Finances
Welcome to the adult world, where budget planning and shopping lists are your best friends. Living away from your parents for the first time can be more expensive than you expect. Plan out your budget at the beginning of the month and stick to it.
Use the 60-20-20 rule. 60% of your monthly income goes to needs (Food, gas, etc), 20% goes to wants (Coffee, movie tickets, etc.), and 20% goes straight into savings. This way, you can make sure you’re saving money, while not spending too much on your “wants.”
7. You Will Miss Your Family
Moving away to college is no doubt exciting, and you may think you won’t feel homesick or miss your family, but trust me–you’ll be calling your parents just to see what’s up in no time. It’s extremely common to feel lonely and want to be back home with your parents. This is healthy! Don’t feel like you can’t handle being on your own. You can.
Living away just takes time to adjust to, and you should be prepared for that. It won’t always be easy, but you can handle it with planning and self care.
8. Take Care Of Yourself
Out of the 10 things you should know, this is definitely the most important. Self care needs to be a priority. People tend to neglect themselves in college, because they feel like they have more important things to do. Make sure you’re scheduling time for yourself.
Relax. Read a book. Yes, studying is important, but it won’t do you any good if you’re too stressed to concentrate. There’s no shame in taking care of yourself, including talking to your on-campus counselor if you start feeling overwhelmed.
9. It’s Okay To Say “No.”
You may feel like you have to do what everyone else is doing to fit in, especially if it’s your first year at a new school. You don’t have to do anything. You know what’s best for you, so don’t get into any situations that make you scared or uncomfortable. It’s okay to say no.
If you feel pressured to get into a dangerous or uncomfortable situation, call a roommate or friend to come pick you up, and go something you feel more comfortable doing. You are the only one in control of your actions.
10. Cook Out Will Be Your Best Friend
There will be countless times where you’re studying all the way through the night, and you realize it’s 1am and you haven’t had dinner yet. Cook Out will be your go-to. It’s marketed specifically towards college students, with $4 burger combos and late night hours. Trust me, you’ll need it.