Every college campus is different. Small schools are different from big schools. Private institutions are different from public institutions. Yet, no matter where you attend college, one thing remains the same—this educational and social experience is not easy.
As students, we undergo a ton of stress within these first four years. A lot can happen to us in that amount of time. We might lose friends or family members, we might end relationships, we might begin relationships, we might not pass classes, we might have to switch our majors, we might experience changes in physical or mental health, or we might get homesick. We can never fully prepare ourselves for what challenges we may face.
The phrase “power of a small college” has never been more accurate.
For being such a diverse campus, we sure do share a lot of the same experiences. Our educational institution is unique, and there are just some things only Linfield students will understand. Relatable, funny, or whatever it may be, you know you go to Linfield if you find any of these to be true:
(Germs, they’re everywhere.)
Many of my residents are starting to get sick… which means it’s that time of year again, unfortunately! You already know Resident Advisor Mak did her research to help you avoid it at all costs. Colds and coughing go around like the plague on college campuses, and especially for freshmen who are exposed to unfamiliar germs. I’m no where near a certified nurse yet (and you can hardly call me a EMT), but I know how to battle off the bugs for as long as possible. I’m going on month two of college without any sicknesses (knock on wood), and here’s what has been helping me keep it that way!
Here are ten tips to start considering TODAY to improve your study habits & help you ace that next big exam!
30 Dorm Items You Might Overlook (But Need)
I am a sophomore, but I’m still figuring these things out. I continue to forget stuff at home I need. (Happens every year.) That’s why I made this quick list of items that aren’t the first to come to mind when packing for the big college move-in day! Although, they are high up on the necessary items list we just often forget about or don’t think we will need. Hopefully you’re reading over these at the start of the school year, and not midway through when you’re only then beginning to realize what you’ve been missing out on this whole time.
If you are trying to adjust to college but are also an introvert, you have a complicated combination. Now is the time to break your boundaries and get involved!
I was shy my freshman year of high school. I wasn’t involved in any sports or clubs, and I kept to all the same friends that I had comfortably grown up with. What my 14-year-old self could not have predicted was that I would make so many more friends from different schools, or that I would get involved with more clubs than I could sometimes handle come senior year. My freshman year of college was different. It didn’t take me four years to break out of my shell. I immediately got involved by making an effort to get to know people and interact with the faculty. Maybe I had an advantage being at a small college, but it was still mind over matter. It is not the easiest task for an introvert to complete, but these tips will give you a head start to escape your comfort zone and grow socially and academically. It all begins with freshman year.
Summer, summer, S U M M E R! It’s HERE!
Congrats, you finished your final year of high school. It took four years to assemble this life milestone, which directs you now to hurdle into higher education. The college or university you’ve selected for your next chapter has many new and exciting memories awaiting, but before you embark on this journey, take some advice from a freshman year veteran.
Lucky for you, novice, this list comes directly from experience. I thought I knew what I was getting into when I was shipped off to college, but I was wide of the mark. You’ll find more out on your own than I can offer you from this simple ranking, but at least what I provide will be a good starting point.
This list of lessons isn’t meant to stress you out—because believe me, school will do that to you on its own—but rather help you adjust to the college life a little easier. I was really appreciative of the advice that I gained from friends prior to starting my freshman year, so I hope you finish reading this feeling like you gained something beneficial.