Living In The Dorms? Don’t Go Home Every Weekend.

A new freedom that you have being a college student is that you can come and go as you please. While it is always a good idea, for safety reasons, to inform your parents where you’ll be, taking weekend trips is much easier without a curfew or parental integration.

However, adjusting to college life is a process, which takes time. In order for the process to happen you must actually be on campus.

Before you book yourself around the country to go visit your high school friends, or go home every weekend, remember this advice:

Make new friends: Your high school friends may be at a college just a train ride away, but remember they are just that, your high school friends. You’re in college now, and a great thing about college is that you have the opportunity to make new life long friends. Losing those times on the weekend to really bond with new people at your own school is time you’ll never get back.

Take Pride in your school: Whether you’re at a Big Ten university, or a small private college, taking pride in your own school is important. Go to weekend sporting events, BBQs, club meetings or any special event that has to do with your own school. You’ll form a special bond with your school if you take pride in it.

Explore around town: Maybe your campus life is quiet or small, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t plenty of things to do. Don’t jump ship. Get a group of other freshman together and take a cab or a train into town. Find some local gems, like diners, museums, or great parks that may become starting points for great college memories.

Get over homesickness: Especially if you are going to school close to home, the temptation to go home on the weekends may be overwhelming. Really, going home on the weekends will only make it harder to go back on Sunday night, and being at school is not something you want to dread. Even if in the beginning it takes willpower to do, join some clubs or teams, make some new friends, find places to go, and stay on campus.

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Lisa Manente

Lisa Manente

Lisa Manente is a senior at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, CT. She will be graduating with the BA in Media Studies and Communications in May. Editing the Entertainment section for her university’s newspaper and magazine has fueled her passion for entertainment journalism, which is the career path she plans to explore. In her free time she enjoys reading, traveling, listening to music, and catching up on celebrity gossip.