Advice for Incoming
College Students:
A Grinnell Planpoll

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Extracurricular activities


You don't have to do EVERYTHING. It's OK to miss out on a potentially amazing meeting, conversation, talk or book to get some sleep and quality alone time. If you've slept enough and are centered, you'll be able to more thoroughly enjoy the things that you do participate in.


Get involved, but not too involved. My first year I did absolutely nothing outside of classes, my second year I did way too much. Pick a couple of things you're really interested in. If there's not a group on campus, start one.


Get involved on campus--join a club, be in a dance ensemble, whatever. You meet people with common interests, and as long as you balance it with school work, it's a great way to ease some stress. it gives you great memories of something other than the library, the forum or your dorm's lounge.


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