From Alpha To Omega: Your Ultimate College Survival Guide


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Making the transition from living at home with your parents to being on your own in a college setting can be challenging. Many aspects of your life may change, and the unknown can cause considerable anxiety as you prepare for college life. Adjusting to the rigors of college-level courses adds to your challenges. For some students, additional sources of stress may continue throughout the college years. However, when you know what to expect every step of the way, you can minimize your stress level and enjoy this wonderful time of your life.

This guide is intended to help freshmen adjust to college, but it also covers topics that are meaningful to college students throughout their academic career. Everything from dealing with finances, exploring boarding options and navigating the campus to handling relationships, managing social life and staying safe and healthy is explored in detail in this guide. There is even a chapter that discusses the end of your college experience and proper ways to prepare for your adult life outside of a college setting.


These are the specific topics that are covered in the guide:

Chapter 1: Choosing Where to Live During College – In this chapter, you will learn about different housing options available to college students, including on-campus and off-campus housing options. The pros and cons of each housing option are discussed in detail.

Chapter 2: Adjusting to Campus Life – Getting accustomed to the campus layout, resources, rules and even class format can be stressful. This chapter will give you advice on adjusting to campus life and offer valuable insight into college classes.

Chapter 3: Staying Safe and Healthy – Everything from your physical health to your personal security may be affected when you transition to a college campus environment. This chapter will explore the various health and security risks that you may face and how you can prevent or deal with them.

Chapter 4: Taking Care of Your Finances – For many college students, college is a time of greater financial responsibility. Topics related to managing your budget, handling personal expenses, paying for school with loans and other financial sources will be examined in detail in this chapter.

Chapter 5: Working in College – While working in college can provide you with excellent skills, experiences and even professional relationships that you can benefit from after college, it also comes with its own set of challenges. This chapter will discuss the various work opportunities available to college students.

Chapter 6: Acing Academics – Learning how to study, manage your time and even choose a major that is right for you will be discussed in this chapter. You will learn about various strategies to help you improve your studying skills and succeed in college as well.

Chapter 7: Managing Relationships – You will likely develop many new relationships in college; from your roommate and new friends to romantic partners and handling your family members. In this chapter, you will learn more about each of these relationships.

Chapter 8: Learning About the Greek System – If you attend a college that has fraternities and sororities, this chapter will provide you with valuable information. You will learn about the benefits of being involved in the Greek system, Greek housing options and the process of pledging a sorority.

Chapter 9: Using Digital Helpers – Technology has dramatically improved the college experience for many students. In this chapter, you will explore some of the top digital tools that may improve your life throughout your academic career.

Chapter 10: Transitioning Into Post-Collegiate Life – While the process of adjusting to college life can be challenging, the transition into the real world after graduating can also be stressful. This chapter will offer advice on managing your post-collegiate life.