Tips that’ll help you survive the first year of college 

For SPM graduates.

If starting college feels daunting and terrifying, then maybe this article is just the thing for you. We got some university seniors to give some tips they wish they knew when they were college first years, and hopefully it helps you feel a little more ready for your next phase of student life. 


  1. Do everything in moderation 

Between classes and assignments, college can be a very hectic place to be. That’s not even including meetings with assignment groups and lecturers… That being said, college can also be the place where you make most of your core memories! Try to find a study-life balance that allows you to score well every semester but also lets you have fun and enjoy the perks of being young. Remember: all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy! 


2. Try not to procrastinate your work 

Let’s consider this a continuation of point #1. To maintain a study-life balance, the first thing every student should do is not procrastinate! Assignments tend to pile up very quickly and before you know it their due dates are upon you. Finishing off assignments as soon as you get them means you lessen the stress that comes from panic writing your assignment five minutes before they’re due. This means you’ll be able to enjoy your time at college more while also writing quality assignments. 


3. Don’t be afraid to make new friends! 

This tip needs more exclamation marks !!!!! Though there are two ‘I’s in “university’, make no mistake, you cannot survive university without a good circle of friends. Friends will not only make college life more enjoyable and fun, but you’ll also need them as a good support system to get you through college. With a good group of friends, you’ll find that even doing assignments can be fun and interactive. Making friends may not be the easiest thing to do, especially for introverts, but it’s also not as hard as you may think… everyone wants to make a new friend, sometimes they’re just as shy! 


4. Join events as committee members 

Heavy emphasis on this point. There is not a single college graduate who would warn their juniors against joining clubs and events. Joining clubs and events is a great way to make new friends, make new memories, and gain soft skills that’ll look appealing on your resume when applying for internships or for job applications. It may seem scary initially, so bring a friend along! You won’t regret it. 


5. Be open to new experiences, don’t worry about embarrassment or failure 

You may enter college feeling very self-conscious and overwhelmed, but by your second or third year, you’ll quickly realise that no one’s actually judging you or paying attention. So, don’t waste your whole first year scared you’ll embarrass yourself, do whatever piques your interest even if you’re afraid. Embarrassing stories make for good laughs and letting the fear of embarrassment stop you only leads to regret. Try new things and make more memories! 


In conclusion, college can be a really exciting place full of good people and fun times. While you should always prioritise your education and completing all your work and assignments, don’t miss out on the joys of being a college student. There’s a reason all the adults say, “College is going to be one of the best times in your life”… because it is!