The Off-Campus Advisor team wishes all of you a warm welcome to the Mason community! We are already one month into the semester, yet it feels like the first day of classes was just yesterday! Transitioning into college life is one of the most challenging tasks that we face in our lives because everyone is responsible for themselves. It can be very difficult managing time and balancing between work, school, and social life – especially if your schedule is not consistent every day. I am here to help you get a head start by sharing some important tips that can help you transition smoothly.
- Get plenty of sleep and eat well.
- Education and putting in your best effort should be your first priority.
- Create a planner to meet deadlines on time.
Here are some pro-tips for adjusting into college from our Off-Campus Advisors:
“I made sure I got here at least an hour before my classes started and I would always do all my homework on campus. I would get distracted at home and wouldn’t be able to focus. You can rent spaces in the library to study at which is helpful.”
– Caroline, Senior Off-Campus Advisor
“Find a way of organizing or planning that works for you and then stick with it! This could mean using a planner, an app like google calendar, or even writing stuff you need to remember on post-it notes. It doesn’t matter what it is, so long as it helps you remember everything you need to get done.”
– Rachel, Off-Campus Advisor
“Try to do big projects or assignments little by little to avoid the stress of doing it last minute”
– Christopher, Off-Campus Advisor
“Don’t stretch yourself too thin. Sometimes taking on too many tasks can be stressful and really wear you down. So by only taking on tasks when you’re available to do so can go a long way.”
“GET INVOLVED! Getting involved can bring so many memories, new friendships and it can teach you a lot about yourself in the process. However, don’t be overly involved because that can be stressful. Have to find the right balance.”
– Xavier, Off-Campus Advisor
As important it is to prioritize your education and your self-care, it is also important to stay involved around campus and make friends. College is the time to step out of your comfort zone to find yourself. It is important to have a good college experience as it can boost your academics as well. Being unhappy in college can affect your attendance which reflects badly on the grades. There are many ways to make your college experience authentic to you. In my opinion, the best way to make the most out of your college years is to get involved on campus. Being involved will help you build new networks, friendship, and help you grow as a person. George Mason University has more than 350 student organizations you can be a part of, including fraternities and sororities. If you need some help finding your place at Mason or how you want to be involved, you can come to our office in the HUB, room 1014, to meet with an Off-Campus Advisor! We are open 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and would love to talk to you about how to make this the best time of your life!
We hope you have a wonderful rest of the semester and make the best out of your time by taking advantage of all the resources offered by Mason. Don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone to have new experiences because these opportunities only come once in a lifetime!