Make the Leap to College and Land Well

Learn a few secrets to adjusting happily to life as a college freshman.

There are steps students can take in order to successfully transition to the college lifestyle.

There are steps students can take in order to successfully transition to the college lifestyle.

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But there's an opportunity cost of sitting in your room during those first scary weeks to Facebook your high school friends. Students who have been in your place say that it's easiest to meet new people during the first month and a half of school; once groups start gelling, breaking in is harder.

Lindy Kahn, an independent educational consultant in Houston for more than 17 years, suggests that students not eat alone for the first six weeks. "Seek out those people who are sitting by themselves," she says. "You can learn a lot from meeting new people. And you'll definitely feel less lonely."

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