Hey guys, it's Ashton, with some fun, helpful hints on how to get ready for college life!
1. Learn how to do laundry.
Because (sadly) you have to and because your mom isn’t here to do it for you. Clean clothes are happy clothes. Happy clothes mean happy friends who don’t have to smell you wearing your dirty laundry. It’s proven that you’re 100% more likely to make friends if you’re not walking around in dirty clothes.
2. Learn to parallel park.
MC’s campus has quite a large number of parallel parking spaces, most of which are closer to the dorms, which is good for you. Learning to parallel park is seriously a huge help. I didn’t know how to my freshman year, but quickly learned a few weeks into the first semester. Also, according to most dad’s, parallel parking is a good life skill to have. Help yourself, help us, and learn to parallel park before you get on campus!
3. Look for a roommate!
Thankfully, MC makes it super easy and fun to find a roommate through the housing portal! But, it’s only super easy and fun if you use it! The longer you wait to look for a roommate, the smaller number of people will still need one. Don’t be shy, don’t be afraid of rejection, and get to know people! My freshman roommate and I met on the housing portal the November before we came to MC and I couldn’t have asked for a better girl to live with last year. So, c’mon, get out there and find your roommate!
4. Get in the routine of checking your email.
Today, I received eight emails and I’ve probably checked my email five times. When I say that checking your email is important, I’m not kidding. Email is the way that student news is communicated, your professors contact you, and almost every other organization or person on campus will touch base with you. It seems silly at first, but getting into the habit of checking your email is really helpful!
5. Get a good ole pair of walking shoes.
I’m not talking a pair of grandma tennis shoes, y’all. I’m talking tevas or chacos or nikes to walk to class in! MC’s campus isn’t too big, but it’s big enough to make the wrong pair of shoes make your feet feel like they’re going to fall off. Getting a good pair of shoes to walk to class in also means you have a good pair of shoes to go on adventures in! I personally have chacos and they have saved me at times! From going to Guatemala for two months to working at a summer camp, to hiking with my friends, and walking to class, they have proven faithful!
6. Invest in an umbrella.
Cause Mississippi rain is not the kind of rain that likes to warn you that it’s coming. I cannot tell you how many times I’ve gotten stuck across campus and have desperately wished I had a rain jacket or umbrella in my backpack. I’m not kidding when I say I sprinted across campus two weeks ago in the middle of a downpour. Wet jeans are not happy jeans. Umbrellas save you from wet jeans. Buy a travel umbrella. Save yourself.
I hope these quick tips have helped you out! That’s all I have for now, but we will have more senior advice coming your way as the year goes on. Keep on living life and being cool.
Until next time,
Ashton, big hair endorser, coffee drinker, wildflower picker