All of sudden what used to be an 8:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m school day suddenly turns into a personalized scheduled day of your own. What do I mean by this? Well in college you are in charge of what classes you will take and better yet in charge of what times you will take them. At orientation, you are given the opportunity to register for classes and make your own schedule that best suits you. Most students will sign up for 4-5 classes per semester to give them a reasonable workload.
Any time you are not in classes is called free time, and what you do with this free time is up to you. My advice, plan wisely. My biggest challenge in college is time- management. I know it seems trivial but, when you get to college you will find the best thing you can do is keep a planner and use your free time wisely, because you will soon realize that there is not enough free time in the day.
I remember when I was a freshman at USA, I had all these wonderful ideas of what I would do in between classes and after classes. Maybe explore the campus more, hang out with friends, take a dip in the pool at the rec, etc. Well that did not go as planned. This free time, and freedom was so new to me, I found myself biting off more than I could chew. Between having 2-3 classes each day, visiting the cafeteria, my part time job, and homework right after, I found that I spent most of my free time trying to catch a nap any chance I could get. I would be exhausted after a days of work and school and I felt like the days were just passing me by.
This does not mean that it is impossible for you to enjoy and take advantage of all the wonderful events and things USA has to offer, this just means you MUST manage your time wisely. Keep a planner to keep up with important dates. Plan your campus meetings with different organizations accordingly so that it doesn't run into work time. Its all about careful planning and not taking on more than you can handle. You have 4 years to explore all areas at South you do not have to try to do it all at once. Some recommend freshman use their first semester to focus on their studies, then once you get the hang of it you can start diving into work and organizations your second semester.Or you can do it your first, it is up to you! It is possible, it is just all about time management. Start early!