1. Get involved in something you really love.
Of course you're going to be super busy with classes, homework, working, and spending time with your friends. But, don't miss out on the amazing opportunities college has to offer. There are so many clubs, sports, and other activities that are only available to you while you're at college...go the extra mile and join something. You won't regret it.
2. Make friends with a professor.
Professors may seem a little intimidating, but they're actually really cool. Plus, if they teach a class in your major or minor, chances are they'll have some great advice for you.
It's really important to make some contacts while you're in college. You can start out with some professors, and then eventually branch off in a good direction that works for you. Tell people what you want to do, where you want to go, and see what they say. If people can help get you a job or an internship, they absolutely will. And, they may even be able to help you once you graduate, and you're in the "real world."
4. Spend time with your friends.
This one's kind of obvious, but still really important. Don't neglect to spend some time with the people you care about. The friends you make in college might end up being your lifelong friends, so make sure you spend some quality time with them, and make some memories.
5. Ace a couple of classes.
Getting straight A's in college isn't an easy task, but it's a good idea to try. The most important thing you can do is put in the effort to ace a few core classes. The classes in your major and minor are the most important ones in your college career, so if you need to focus on something, focus on those. Getting B's on gen eds and A's in your major is a huge accomplishment.
6. Perfect your resume
Your resume is a huge part of your overall academic and professional career. You're definitely going to want to keep adding to it, so by the time you graduate, you'll have something to present at interviews when you are job searching.
7. Take advantage of the library.
Colleges usually have amazing libraries, with librarians who are trained to help you find research material for a paper or project that you're working on. These days, we usually just turn to the Internet for information we need, but if you ask a librarian, he or she will find a couple of books for you, and your professors will be impressed with your use of "scholarly" sources.
8. Join or create a study group.
You might need some help studying for a tough class--and you won't be the only one. Ask your professor if there is an assigned teacher's assistant for the class, and if there is, he or she will usually host study sessions in a designated room throughout the semester. If there isn't one, you can create one, or just simply ask a few classmates if they want to get together to study. Doing so will definitely improve your overall understanding of the material you're studying, and will boost your confidence for quizzes and tests.
9. Go exploring.
College is a time for exploration. So as you're exploring your classes, clubs, and other activities, don't forget to explore what's around your campus. Either you will be living there or commuting there for the next four years, so it's good to know the area and where the fun places are. You'll be the first one to know where a good restaurant is when your friends want to go out to eat!
10. Don't forget to call your mom!
Your parents are probably thrilled that you're in college, and will love to hear about your experiences. Don't forget to keep in touch with them, and your other family members.