College is an experience that you’ll never forget. Why not set the tone so that the experiences are as positive as possible? A lot of people just go through the motions when it comes to school, setting themselves up for trouble as time passes. You want to make sure that you’re going to college for a very specific mission — to get things done for your education. You’re going places, even though you might not believe it right now. Having a college degree can really change everything in the world for you. There’s nothing wrong with going to school, just as there’s nothing wrong with not going to school. But if you ultimately want to have the best chances of getting into a great career that you’re going to enjoy, you really need to make sure that you invest in your education as soon as possible. So, where do we begin if we really want to have the best experience possible?

First Day of CollegeYou need to a good map of the school itself. There’s nothing like getting lost when you’re really trying to get from one class to another. Some people skip over learning where everything is, just figuring that they’ll follow the crowd. To some extent, this isn’t a bad strategy. However, it’s assuming that the crowd knows where it’s going. Far too often, they really don’t. And if you can’t tell the difference between an incoming freshman and kids that are already part of the college system, then you could get lost before you even get to your classes. The first few days don’t really matter in terms of your grade, but they do set the tone between you and your professor. You want to always make sure that you’re looking at these things, because they truly do matter. You have to set the tone for a great semester. Sitting the right first impression from the beginning helps. If you’re supposed to be somewhere at a certain time, make sure that you adhere to that schedule. A lot of college students blow off the importance of being on time, but it’s very crucial to a successful year of college.

You also want to think about who you’re going to hang out with. Sure, college is a time where friendship makes a big difference in terms of enjoyment, but you need to make sure that you’re well within the rules at all times. If you’re going to be working while going to school, you should research the corporate policy on things like social media. It might sound cool to post all about your college wild experiences, but what if your employer were to find out? Suddenly, you don’t have the money you need to make college come alive with new experiences. Bummer!

More than anything, this is a time where you get to decide the person that you will ultimately become. You need to think carefully about how you want to be presented. Are you someone that keeps their word? If so, make sure that you continue the trend — don’t sign up for things where you know that you’re not going to be able to finish on time. If you see that there’s going to be problems getting somewhere, or something else comes up, try to let someone know ahead of time. Obviously, there are going to be times where you drop the ball. Being apologetic, focused, and ready to make changes wherever necessary can rebuild your reputation very quickly.

It’s all about how you want to come across in your college time. Don’t just be someone that goes to class and runs back home to the dorms. Be someone that is truly a leader on campus, someone that other students look up to. That’s the real ticket!