As a podiatrist you go through multiple years of schooling. After high school there are four years of undergraduate work, then four years of podiatry school, and finally residency for a minimum of three years. Thinking back to my first time going off to school there are some things that you don’t learn until you have been through it.
Remember that everyone is in the same situation as you; away from home and without friends. Don’t be afraid to be the first person to introduce yourself. Having a roommate can be the best experience, someone to study with, workout with, share class stories with, and most importantly someone to go to the café with. In case you need more encouragement to make new friends personalexcellence.com wrote a whole article on it.
Outside of entering into a new environment there is the daunting task of packing. Choose only clothes and items that you use regularly. Let’s be honest, if you have not worn that sweater from grandma in the last three winters you won’t be wearing it this winter at school and you won’t have room to store it. Stick with the staples; clothing for class, clothes to exercise in, bedding, toiletries, school supplies, and a picture of your family. Don’t sweat the small stuff if you forget something you can always find a place to purchase it or have it mailed to you. If you still feel like you need a more in depth checklist visit University Parent.
Everyone has their doubts and worries about their school selection. Just like anything else in life there are pros and cons to all situations. Sometimes the cons might seem more obvious because you are no longer in your comfort zone, but give your new friends and new school a chance. Almost all post-collegiate individuals I have talked to say they thought about transferring at least once during their time at school, but all were glad that they didn’t.
College is a time to try new things, so join the skiing club and make friends on the slopes, participate in research trials for the psychology department, and look into jobs that are offered on campus. Through all of the clubs, jobs, and research you will meet other students and possibly find your true passion that you would like to pursue after college or in your studies. New skills learned can be added to beef up your resume and help you in your future career. Normally at these college sanctioned events there are other people to network with that can help you during and after you graduate.
Don’t forget the reason you are in school. The best way to keep up with classwork and learning is by actually attending class. According to Forbes.com skipping one class at a public institution would mean you are wasting $51.02. Classes are a way of studying with the guidance of your professor, classes will remind you what is important to know for tests and often times the class provides further explanation and visual stimulus on the topic.
Best of luck to all the students heading off to school in the fall!