On a typical day in college, you will have 3-4 classes. That doesn’t sound like much when you think of high school days that were typically eight hours long.
Here’s how you will spend a typical day on campus.
- You will spend time in class. Classes will also require some travel to get to them.
- Between classes you will need to do homework, review notes, and study for tests, you will probably spend more time out of class than you will spend in class on your courses.
- On some days you will have project meetings with class mates, conferences with teachers, or maybe a meeting with your advisor.
- Some of your time will be spent in a learning center where you can get help in specific classes.
The above activities relate to academic work. You will also have time for personal activities
- “Maintenance” activities – These are activities such as laundry, housekeeping, food shopping, cooking, paying bills. Basically these are all of the things that your parents did for you in many cases.
- Recreation – These include working out and intramurals.
- Time with friends – Hanging out with friends is probably the number one past time in college.
As a freshman, you will spend a lot more time on your classes than you did in high school. In fact, at times the workload can seem overwhelming. You will have serious time management problems. Three topics: Planning Your Day I and II and Managing Your Time can be very useful to you in working through the challenges of managing your day.
One note of warning. The work load in the freshman year is nothing like that you will see in the next three years of college. The workload keeps building each year. .