When I was in high school, I often wondered what it would be like to go to university. I always thought of college students as being cool adults, rushing to class together with friends and textbooks in hand.
Now that I’m an actual, soon-to-graduate university student, I get to experience that life firsthand. There are a few lessons that I've learned as a student that I'd like to share.
Set a schedule of activities for each day: At most U.S. colleges, classes are held during the day Monday through Friday. With this in mind, international students should plan to spend the majority of these days in class, as it’s less common to schedule courses during the evenings or on weekends.
I prefer to have classes in the morning, and all in one chunk rather than having them spread apart at different times of the day. That way, I can be done with all my classes by noon and start working on my assignments after lunch.
Speaking of lunch, most universities offer meal plans for their students, and some even require freshmen to be on a meal plan. Although this might sound unfair at first, it is actually a good idea, as it forces students to make new friends.
Contrary to popular belief, doing homework can be a very social and entertaining activity. A lot of the time, students will form study groups to go over the materials discussed in class, and if allowed, to work on assignments together.