Making the Adjustment: Starting College
Friday, September 03, 2010
As a college freshman, it is the first time you are truly out on your own. There are many adjustments that come with this new freedom. The first thing you will realize is that there are numerous demands o
time. You need to learn to find a balance among class work, family and friends, and participation in clubs, organizations and other campus activities.
Using time management, you can develop a system that works for you. You might use the calendar on your smart phone or on your e-mail account to keep track of your classes, due dates for assignments and study hours. As soon as you figure out your class and study schedules, you can determine when you have time for other activities. You may also have a job on or off campus, or you may be an athlete. Don't forget to budget time for those activities as well.
Keep in mind that sorority recruitment typically takes place at the beginning of either the fall or spring term and is usually one or two weeks long. Once you are accepted as a new member into a sorority, you will have obligations to the chapter that will require your attendance at events and activities. Be sure to put these activities on your calendar, so you can maintain your balance.
The next thing you'll realize is that classes in high school aren't like the classes you're taking in college. It's very important to attend all of your classes prepared, to stay on top of your class calendar and to outline a schedule that allows ample time to study for exams and write papers. As a sorority member, your chapter may help you set aside time for study hours and will give you access to other students who are in your major and can act as mentors.
The third thing you'll realize is that there are so many opportunities on campus to have fun. Membership in a sorority is a great way to meet and mingle with other students. You'll also learn about the many opportunities to get involved in other campus activities from your sisters who are involved. You will also be introduced to service opportunities on campus and in the community. Don't forget the sisterhood events and social activities a sorority has to offer.
As you embark on this new journey, remember that sorority membership has many benefits that can help you adjust to your new freedom, and your sisters provide a home away from home.