5 Ways to Find Out If You’re Ready For College

Congratulations, you’ve been accepted!

The wait was extensive, wasn’t it?

Those stressful weeks of wondering if you made it to the collegiate level are over.

You made it…

But now what?

Well, you have to start looking at the logistics of starting your freshman year:

  • What is your major going to be?
  • Where are you going to live?
  • Did you consider joining the Greek system?
  • How about a club or an intramural team?

The opportunities are endless and it is just the beginning.

  • Considering a Major

My advice, from preparing to go to the University of Iowa, would be to choose a major based on your true passions. This way you won’t have to worry about continuously changing majors.

By following your heart, you will end up pursuing a fulfilled career. Don’t pick a major because you believe it is an easy track to graduate. Research what your school offers and don’t shy away from a challenge.

Trust yourself.

  • Your New Living Situation

Have you heard about the dorms you could potentially reside in yet?

Be sure to read the descriptions of each dorm on your school’s webpage and ask for the alumni or orientation leaders opinions.

These trained people are usually found on the webpage under orientation.

However, just in case you wanted to know, my opinion is to go with the one that is the closest to the cafeteria.

This way you avoid treacherous walks in bad weather conditions. Your grumbling stomach will appreciate this!

  • Your Potential Roommate

Don’t forget to Facebook your prospective roommate!

Social media is an essential tool in finding a compatible living partner. You will be sharing a lot of space and time with this significant other so take the time to develop the relationship.

Facebook will also help you figure out who’s bringing what, which will prevent an assortment of microwaves and mini-fridges occupying your limited floor space.

  • The Greek System

Does your college have a Greek system? If it does, this will be a great way to meet people.

Sororities and fraternities have had certain stereotypes casted negatively upon them. It doesn’t hurt to check them out…you never know what you can discover with an open mind.

  •  Clubs & Other Activities

Check out your school’s website for the plethora of activities that will help you stay involved. Intramurals and clubs can be terrific ways to socialize with your leisure interests.

College does not fully revolve around academics…

Usually during your orientation for your freshman year, your leader will give you an extensive list of the different clubs and groups you can join. Be sure to check them out!

  • Now Don’t Forget…

I think we have the basics of preparing for your freshman year covered.

Remember, these are just touched upon topics. Your opportunities will continue to rise and you will continue to learn and grow.  Always ask questions!

Congratulations, you’ve been accepted.

Welcome to the next chapter of your life!

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Gina Nykaza

Gina Nykaza

Gina Nykaza is a junior at the University of Iowa pursuing a degree in journalism and entrepreneurship. At school, Gina can be found studying at the library and working for University of Iowa Television. Outside of school, she enjoys creative writing, playing basketball, snowboarding and going on spontaneous adventures with her friends and family.
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One Response to “5 Ways to Find Out If You’re Ready For College”

  • Lots to think about here, and lots of great advice! It’s sometimes hard to shift from worrying about getting in to thinking about how to make things successful once you’re there. As far as choosing a major – I’d add to keep in mind that at many schools you won’t need to declare a major right away. It’s OK to be Undecided or Undeclared for a while while you explore your interests – and discover new ones. Don’t be afraid to talk to advisors at your school about your options.

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