More than just the books
Although you're there to learn and further your education, college is also the time to seize new opportunities and have a little fun. You're going to meet lots of new people and have the opportunity to do things that you would probably never do on your own. If you take the time to get involved with student life as well as organizations and clubs, you'll take away so much more than just an education; you'll have changed your life!
What's in store?
That firstly depends on your situation. Although many students choose to live at home when attending a community college, others elect to stay in a residence for an added sense of freedom and independence. In a residence, you'll have immediate opportunities to meet students like yourself, interact and socialize.
You'll also learn so much about communal living, as well as taking responsibility for your own life and your own actions. The lessons you learn in a campus residence will be invaluable in your future on your own.
Residence isn't the only place to socialize and expand your horizons at school - most colleges offer extensive clubs and organizations, covering subjects from politics and science to music, art and hobbies. For less formal get-togethers, meet up with students in your common areas for group study sessions or coffee breaks. You'll be surprised by how much you can learn from having others to share ideas with.
Living the Life
Although it's easy to get caught up in the social elements of attending college, remember you are there for a greater purpose - to further your education and get yourself started on your chosen career path. Don't let yourself get overwhelmed by all the changes and exciting new opportunities that come your way. Pace yourself, stay responsible and use your time wisely. Get the most out of your education with equal parts of study, socializing and friendship-building. Enjoy your student life!