You want to have everything under control as you embark upon your college days, and you want to cater to an experience that will bring many good things your way. While college can’t be perfect, you can do as much as possible to make your experience better. Keep reading to find out how!

Use Your New Student Perks

Believe it or not, that extraordinary admittance fee buys you more than classes and a dorm. As a college student, you’ll gain access to student resources (and discounts) all with that nifty little ID card of yours. You can use student resources to get help with hard subjects like writing or math with experts and undergrads for free!

Some colleges will even give you access to websites where you can submit reports to be reviewed by other professors who then make edits/suggestions that are sure to help you please your strict English professor.

Look into grants and scholarships to help you pay for college. Lots of people fail to understand that scholarship funds are often quite plentiful. You will also find a lot of state and federal grants.

Student discounts are one of the best perks of college, especially if you need to save money. Check with your student resource center or ask an adviser for a list of perks. Many local restaurants, movie theaters and bookstores offer generous discounts when you present a student ID. This allows you to save money and show school pride.

Break Old High School Habits

Man in Library Room

Luckily for you “nerds” out there, you’ll have the library all to yourselves until finals week.

If you were anything like a majority of American high school students you were probably quiet, to yourself, unfocused, unorganized, and generally unemphatic. While you’ll probably remain that way up until Junior year of College, it’s highly recommended that drop that old high school attitude early on and adopt a new friendlier and more motivated one.

Become a morning person. There is a lot of socializing in college, and if you are serious about your studying, that socializing can make it tough to concentrate in your dorm at night. Instead, try getting up bright and early before everyone else so that you can study in peace.

You should get to know the professors of your classes. Professors are the ultimate resource and can do a lot to help you along the way. Ask questions and offer help when it is needed. Maintaining these good relationships can be advantageous while you are going to college.

When you enter college, try to reduce the amount of starches that you eat during your freshman year. Typically, you will put on a lot of weight in the initial stages of college, as this will help you to counter that. Try to incorporate a lot of fruits and vegetables into your diet. So watch the gas station taco runs and delivery pizzas.

Financial Aid & Scholarships

Financial Aid Sign

To be honest, you’ll probably spend more time here than at the library.

If you need money for college, you should consider applying for federal financial aid and scholarships. Visit the FAFSA website and follow the application process to get access to federal funding or grants. If you are denied federal funding, apply for different scholarships related to the subject you want to study.

Make certain that you have your FAFSA submitted very early in the year. This is the financial aid that is automatically given by the government. The earlier you apply, the more certain you are to receive your benefits. Sometimes, the finances can run out, especially at smaller educational institutions. Be prepared!

You don’t have to be a great student to get scholarships. There are scholarships that are specifically designed for average to below average students. These scholarships are often available through your school. Talk to your financial aid advisor to learn more about these types of scholarships and how to apply for them.

Get to know the people in the financial aid office. If you make friends with them, they will appear more friendly to you. Then, when you have questions, they can assist you more easily. While they are all professionals, it never hurts to grease the social wheels when it comes to your financial needs.

Avoid using your financial aid funds to go on a shopping spree at your campus bookstore. This is common, especially among first-year students. When you learn that you have financial aid credit at the bookstore, it is tempting to buy things you don’t really need. Avoid this impulse and your pocketbook will thank you later.

Conclusion

Hopefully, you have a better idea as to how to approach your college experience in today’s world. You want to give yourself a fighting chance and a competitive edge, and you want to make the most out of your studies. Keep the ideas you’ve read in mind as you get started.