College is a time of great change and growth for any student, but it can be especially daunting for young women. In fact, a recent study by the American College Health Association found that women college students report more mental health concerns than men. That’s one of the reasons we created our Off to College blog series. Our goal is to help new coeds better prepare for a happy and healthy university experience. Here are 10 general tips to help you make the most of your college experience:
1. Don’t be afraid to ask for help.
College can be overwhelming, and there will be times when you feel like you don’t know what you’re doing. Don’t be afraid to ask your professors, TAs, or academic advisors for help. They’re there to help you succeed.
2. Get involved.
College is a great time to get involved in extracurricular activities. This is a great way to meet new people, make friends, and explore your interests. There are clubs and organizations for just about everything, so you’re sure to find something that interests you.
3. Take care of yourself.
College can be a stressful time, so it’s important to make sure you’re taking care of yourself. Eat healthy, get enough sleep, and exercise regularly. Taking care of your physical and mental health will help you stay focused and motivated. Remember, this includes your female health! For more on that, check out our Off to College: Tips for Prioritizing Your Female Health blog post.
4. Set goals and make a plan.
What do you want to get out of college? Once you know what you want to achieve, you can start to make a plan to get there. This might include things like choosing the right classes, getting involved in extracurricular activities, or networking with professionals in your field.
5. Don’t be afraid to fail.
Failure is a part of life, and it’s especially common in college. Don’t let a setback discourage you. Learn from your mistakes and move on.
6. Be yourself.
College is a great time to be yourself and explore your individuality. Don’t try to be someone you’re not. Just be yourself and you’ll be sure to find your place.
7. Have fun!
College is a time to have fun and make memories that will last a lifetime. So don’t forget to enjoy yourself! Go to parties, meet new people, and explore your new city.
8. Stay safe.
College can be a dangerous place, so it’s important to stay safe. Be aware of your surroundings and don’t put yourself in risky situations. For more on this, check out our Off to College: Top 10 Personal Safety Tips blog post.
9. Take advantage of resources.
Your university campus is full of resources to help you succeed. Take advantage of things like tutoring, career counseling, and financial aid.
10. Enjoy the journey!
College is a time of great change and growth. Embrace the journey and make the most of it.
Following these tips will help you make the most of your university experience. College is a time to learn, grow, and have fun. So don’t be afraid to step outside of your comfort zone and explore all that college has to offer.
For more on how we can help take care of your gynecologic health in preparation for college, check out the 20s and 30s section of our How GYNs Can Help at Any Stage of Life post.
Caring for women at all stages of life is what HaneyGYN is all about. Whether you’re the parent of a teen who needs gynecology care or in need of care yourself, Dr. Haney is here to help. We take the time to truly get to know you and understand your unique needs to provide personalized, effective care. Learn more about our practice by contacting us today.
HaneyGYN is a female-led, private gynecology practice led by Dr. Katherine Haney. Dr. Haney’s goal is to guide women in good health care through any stage of life. To learn more about our practice, please contact us today.