In my experience, I think I waited too late to take a more active role in university socialisation. I’m a social awkward person, and I found it easier to stick to my work. But you know what they say, “All work and no play make Jack a dull boy…” and I believe I was living quite the dull life the first year and a half of university.
Although academics should of course come first, but college is also about the connections that you make while there. During my freshmen orientation, this was something that the student office had stressed. If you are from a different state or even a different country, it’s always useful to make good connections and reliable friendships in university. Outside of the classroom, clubs, activities, sports and fetes are a great way to meet new people. You never know where these connections may take you.
It’s very easy to get caught up in the campus life, but remember to set aside at least one day of the week to focus on any pending projects. Also it’s not every fete or beer lime that you need to attend, especially when you know you have a big test coming up or assignment due. Academics should take the front seat, but make sure to reward yourself by having fun and de-stressing sometimes too. It’s only once that you get to experience college, make the most of it. Because after that may be the work world, or graduate school, which is a whole other can of worms!