7 Steps That Will Help You Through Your First Year Of College

Congratulations! You are going to college. You might be the first one of your family to do this, or the second one or the hundredth one. No matter how much you think you know, the real deal hits once you actually go to college yourself.

If you are moving to another state, your family is probably in turmoil. On one hand everyone is very excited for you, but on the other, you’ll be far away. This might be no biggie for many other families but for Latino ones, IT IS. Your mamá will not be able to see you and spy on you everyday, your abuela will miss you like crazy and your primos will have one less person to hang with at the parties.

It’s all good! You’ll be back to visit. In the meantime you are about to embark on one of the best adventures of life. To get you ready, we have prepared a little guide with seven steps that will help you in this exciting transition:

1. Get and stay organized!

Your time, your space, your homework, your money, your chores, everything. The best way to keep focus on your new journey is to have clarity on everything. It’s enough being away from your family for the first time, so you need to make sure you keep it together! This sounds hard but if you keep your room tidy, your calendar organized, your homework in check and your money in order, you will be just fine.

2. Amigos, muchos amigos

Make new amigos, muchos amigos. You’ll come to learn that friends are the family that you choose. It’s likely the friends you make in college will be with you for the long run. Choose wisely, and hang out with people who also want to succeed in college. Find friends who care about you as a person and not as a party accessory. We are LatinXs; we need to have people around us. Just be sure to surround yourself with people you actually like hanging out with. Find inspiring people that bring out the best in you and who will be there for you when you miss your abuela’s frijoles.

3. Take care of yourself

Eat well, sleep, and keep your place tidy. Take time to meditate, breath, walk, cook healthy stuff and rest. Find what works for you to be a better student.

4. Fall in love with coffee

You are a LatinX so you’ve probably been drinking coffee for as long as you can remember. So now is the time to really fall in love with it. Ask your mom to teach you how to make a good cup of coffee; how many spoons of Café Bustelo® Coffee to make a strong espresso or a medium one. Coffee will be your companion for those sleepless nights before an essay deadline and for those mornings after one. Find a coffee bar where they have free internet and great coffee and make it your second home.

5. Call your mom

Yes, it sounds cheesy, but you need it as much as she does. Calling her is the best way to prevent her from texting you every five minutes, calling you at 2am to check your whereabouts or posting embarrassing things on your social media. Talk to her about how you feel, even if that means admitting that you sometimes feel homesick. She can help you and she can also tell when you are lying, so don’t even try to hide your feelings from her.

6. Get a scholarship

You are already on your way to college, now make sure you make the most of it. There are many scholarships out there just waiting for the right candidate, and that could be you. Applying for a scholarship is not as hard as you think. If you are worried about the financial burden that college might be for your family or for you in the future, ponte pila and redirect that worry into a good essay. It’s in your hands now, so make it happen. Café Bustelo is offering twenty scholarships of $5,000 to Latino students. You could be one of them. If you are interested in applying to the Café Bustelo® El Café del Futuro Scholarship, click here for guidelines and details. The scholarship deadline is May 24, 2019.

7. Have fun!

Doing great in school does not mean being miserable. Quite the contrary. Having fun is not only about partying. Having fun means enjoying what you are studying. After all, the idea is that you enjoy it so much you want to dedicate your life to it. Find the right balance between your activities and make these some of the most memorable years of your life.

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