5 Common Mistakes Students Make in Their First Year
Here is a list of common mistakes most students make in their first year.
1. Underestimating College: Students who perform excellently well in school tend to have developed a serious attitude towards academic work right from their first year. It is really difficult trying to adjust after a whole session. If you can successfully develop the right attitude towards learning from the inception of the semester, you're sure to do better and become better by the day.
2. Over or under socializing: For many students, going to the university or college as is suitable for your locale is a break from the bars of home. This makes many of them go to the extreme in mixing up quickly. Of course you might have taken notice of some of your students who attend all social events. As a really first opportunity for many to live life on their own terms, the result is usually late bed calls, little or no sleep, hanging out late with friends, e.t.c
Also, under socializing is bad. You need to socialize WHERE AND WHEN NECESSARY. Avoid being disconnected from happenings around you. You just need to find the right balance.
3. Not asking for assistance: It is normal for most students to be reserved at resumption, but it is wrong to remain inside your shell all through the session. If you have a problem with both academics and extra curricular activities, don't hesitate to ask someone. You shouldn't also make assumptions. Assumption is the lowest level of knowledge. Most of the errors committed by students is as a result of this. Nobody is an island of knowledge. You definitely have something to learn from others.
4. Reckless Spending: It is assumed by your parents that you should be able to take care of yourself and manage your finances. At first year, every student is feeling big, so the temptation is there to try out every new snack, clothes, mobile phones, eateries, fun parks and so on to prove to the world that you're really cool. It is a pity that most students do not learn the art of savings till their second or third year.
5. Forgetting those at home: If you left your friends back at home to go to the university, never forget them. Its a common error to find people making new friends at the expense of old reliable ones. Always keep a close conversation with friends who left for other schools. Your old friends are usually the best.
I learnt all these after a whole academic session in the University of Ilorin, Kwara, Nigeria, and I advise you share this piece. It will be definitely useful for someone else.