Textbook and school supplies can reach $1,000 per scholastic year.
Although the price and quantity of books varies between majors, the prices are still astronomically high, and are not included in tuition fees. Finding third party sellers, like Amazon or Chegg, is a valuable tool to find the same books at a significantly lower price. Remember that you can sell back well-maintained books at the end of the semester, so tuck away your Freshman summer reading book, because let’s be honest, you had no intention of reading it to begin with.
Every student will face a family obligation that conflicts with their school work.
This does not mean that you should burn sage or sprinkle salt outside of your door; it means you will ultimately face a personal emergency, and you need to learn on-the-fly how to handle the conflict and your juggle your work load. Academic advisors and counselors are there to help you create an alternative schedule so that you can remain in school and on track. Take advantage of these benefits.
It is extremely important to have a support group, whether it be a sports team or beer league.
A surprising amount of students drop-out because they do not have a support system at their school. There are multitude of clubs available, from skydiving club to cheese club (choose that one), and they will provide unique experiences, support and guidance. Make sure to get involved.
High School did not prepare you for college at all.
High School has a “leave no-man behind” mentality that does not carry over into college, leaving students unprepared. The work-load is significantly more taxing, and the freedom associated with living on your own can be daunting. Create a study schedule early on, use online resources, and seek advice from older students on how to best balance work and play.
You will change your major, and that’s okay.
Your desires and aspirations as you enter college at 18 will inevitably change throughout your college career. It’s important to take at least one class outside of your major to see what else interests you. College is the best time to explore topics that will diversify your knowledge, even if they aren’t applicable to a legitimate career, such as Harry Potter Literature.