Going to college brings a number of mixed feelings with you. For some, it’s an exciting time to look forward to new opportunities; For others, figuring out what to do and what not to do can be a stressful time before starting the next big chapter of their life. Regardless of where your head is, when it comes to what to expect, there are a multitude of things to consider before you load the car and head to Blacksburg this fall. To help you orientate yourself along the way, here are some of the most important things to consider as you begin your studies at Virginia Tech.
While taking a room with your high school best friend may sound like a good idea, it may not be the amazing roommate experience you have in mind. One of the most important things to keep in mind when setting up with someone is that you are sharing the space that you live in, and that goes beyond dividing the space. Whether you choose your roommate or “randomly” (which allows Housing and Residence Life at Virginia Tech to assign you a roommate), you are not just sharing a room with them; They share a lifestyle. This includes sleeping plans, room cleanliness, people visiting, study times, and many other aspects of college life that you will experience together.
“A lot of people (walk) with their roommate thinking that they will become best friends, but that’s not always the case,” said Yasmin Tuku, an aspiring biology student. “I think it is more important that you and your roommate live well together, and that is the most important thing.”
Take the time to see what is around (and in front of you).
College as a whole can be overwhelming at first. Balancing classes, having a social life, being away from home, and various other adjustments can be difficult to get used to. While this may be the case, knowing what is available at the school is important for your future planning as well as your current activities. Be it campus organizations, university institutions or other ways to better prepare for upcoming engagements, take the time to familiarize yourself with what the school has to offer. One of the best ways to do this is by attending Gobblerfest, an annual fair at Virginia Tech that showcases many of the university’s campus organizations such as clubs, fraternities, sororities, academic programs, leadership opportunities, and more.
Making new friends anywhere can be a daunting task, but at a school like Virginia Tech, you are bound to meet people you can socialize with. While many people want to stick with what they know and are comfortable with, when it comes to meeting new people, don’t limit yourself.
For those coming to college from home with friends, hanging out with these people can be all too easy, but that can be really limiting in the long run. For those who feel like they are in a place full of unfamiliar new faces, it can be scary to show off yourself. Part of the college student experience is experiencing college for yourself, and that includes getting to know the people around you.
“Just imagine yourself out there,” said Natalie Rhodes, a junior political science student. “And while it can be scary, say, ‘You know, this is me, and it’s okay if you don’t like me. Choose organizations that you think you will like. ”
Do not overdo it with the meal plan.
When you come to a university known for having some of the best restaurants in the country, dining at Virginia Tech is an experience no matter which dining room you visit. If you choose an on campus meal plan, you will be offered three Flex plan options: Major, Mega, or Premium. Each plan includes a certain amount of food dollars, with each plan varying in cost.
Depending on your eating habits, you should consider which meal plan you want. Whatever you don’t spend in the fall semester ends up on your spring menu account as a “rollover fund”. However, the money that is not spent by the end of the spring semester will not be transferred to the following semester – nor will it be refunded – which means that whatever you do not spend at the end of the school year will be wasted (unless , You decide to donate it).
“I would suggest taking the middle menu (Mega Flex) and also making a plan that my friends and I didn’t do,” said Samiha Mahbub, an aspiring sophomore studying business. “When you get a meal plan, plan how much you can spend to make it last the whole semester.”
Emphasize time management, but relax.
Movies and TV shows make college look like anything, but don’t get stressed by what you’ve seen or been told. Come to Virginia Tech with an open mind and expectations, but take your time for what really matters. Your first year grades are the foundation of your undergraduate GPA, and time management is essential to getting what needs to be done.
“My advice would be to have no expectations,” said Tuku. “There are so many things that you may not see coming or you may not have seen yourself (do) and I think if you come with expectations it can be good, it could be bad. If it’s bad, you may not have such a good experience. Try to have as few expectations as possible and try to be open to as much as possible. “