1. Every College Has Different Rules on What You Can Bring
It is essential that you check the list of approved and prohibited items from your college before you move in. Rules vary from school to school, and you may want to hold off on buying that mini-fridge/microwave combo until you make sure you can have them in your dorm.
2. You Probably Shouldn’t Take Your Whole Closet
Dorm storage space is one thing that many incoming freshmen overestimate. Depending on the size of your wardrobe, it might be a good idea to consider leaving everything but the necessities at home. Besides, you might find you don't need as many clothes as you think—most college laundry facilities are easy, inexpensive, and located right in the residence hall.
3. You Might Not Like Your Roommate (And That’s Not the End of the World)
For your first semester of college, odds are you'll have either a randomly picked roommate or a roommate who was selected based on your responses to a brief questionnaire. And while it's completely possible that you will be the best of friends, it's also possible that you might not get along. This can be uncomfortable, but remember that with classes, clubs, and other campus events, you probably won't be in your room very much anyway. However, if your roommate is a bit more than you can handle, Residential Advisors and Residential Directors can often help.
4. Know Where You Can Get Good Food
Food is an important part of the campus experience. Most colleges have multiple dining options, and it's a good idea to try them all your first semester. If you want to know the best place to eat, or if you need vegan, or gluten-free options, you can always check the college's website, or just ask your fellow students. Don't forget to try outside the college, too—college towns almost always have good, cheap food.
5. There Are Tons of Things to Do (And It’s Pretty Easy to Find Them)
The last thing anyone should be worried about is being bored on campus. Almost every college has a host of student clubs and organizations, frequent campus events, and other activities. They're not hard to find, either. There are often fliers and posters all around campus for things to do and clubs to join. Some clubs even have their own social media sites, which could help you not only learn about the clubs, but also contact current members.
6. Plan Out Your Academic Career Early (But Don’t Be Afraid to Change It)
In order to make sure you have all the credits you need to graduate on time, it's a good idea to plan out your courses early. But keep in mind that your plan won't be written in stone. Many students change their majors at least once during their time in college, and this is a good thing. College is supposed to be a time of discovery.
7. You Can Get Good Grades and Have Fun
A common fear when starting college is that there will be time for either studying or having fun, but not both. The truth is that with good time management it is possible to get good grades in all your classes and still have time to be in clubs and go have fun. If you manage your schedule well, you may even get a decent amount of sleep, too.