Move in day for a college freshman can be nerve-racking. It is an entirely different world compared to the comforts of high school and your home. According to America College Testing (ACT), one in every four college students leaves before completing their sophomore year – and nearly all freshmen will either drop out before obtaining a degree or complete their education at a different educational institution. We want you to start off your college career on the right foot by following these 4 simple tips and overcome this statistic:

  1. Prioritize
    The biggest challenge that comes with newfound freedom is a balance. Prioritizing class, homework, and fun aren’t always easy, but we’re confident you’ll figure it out. Give yourself deadlines, and stick to them! Creating good habits and organizing your schedule is one of the most crucial steps to put you on the path to educational success.
  2. Get Involved
    It may be extremely intimidating to join a club or sport, but getting involved and becoming a member of an organization helps you meet new people, learn new skills, and feel connected to your school.
  3. Network
    Befriend your professors, TAs, and peers. They are the ones you will rely on to write letters of recommendation, recommend jobs, and help you overcome challenges with schoolwork.
  4. Fail—Sometimes You Need It
    Don’t take this one so literally. Failure is needed to help you grow and allows you to build yourself up again. In some cases, it is necessary to be overwhelmed and unprepared. But, even in the worst scenario, learn from your mistakes; it builds character and shows your true inner strength.

The next four years are going to be some of the greatest (and hardest) of your life. However, just keep in mind that during the first few months, you will discover your passions, build amazing friendships, and learn who you really are. Take these tips and hopefully the transition into your college career will be an easy one. Now, go enjoy the next chapter of your life!