WARNING: College may lead to an excessive amount of free time. Side effects listed by students with lots of free time includes, but is not limited to: binge watching Netflix, planning their whole life on Pinterest, oversleeping, overestimation of time, poor time management skills and/or procrastination, and are more likely to be persuaded by friends to do unproductive tasks.
As I talked about in a previous blog, college is not nearly as structured as high school. With that being the case, you will find that you have a lot more free time then you've had before. Making the adjustment for some can be difficult but I made a smooth transition into my new found free time.
My transition to free time was an easy one because I still had commitments that kept me on track, like I did in high school. Even before I came to South I had already started trying to find jobs. It took me awhile, but eventually I found an off-campus job. Having a job to take up some of my time made it easier for me to use the time I did have more effectively. I would imagine it would also be the case for student athletes or students involved in Greek Life. Having something to fill a few hours a day or every few days made it much easier to use the free time I had for productive things like studying.
I would suggest that all new students find something productive to do to take up a few hours of their free time a week. I believe that limiting your amount of free time allows you to make better use of it. For example, if you only have 2 or 3 hours of class a day that leaves you with a lot of free time, and in my opinion, makes it easier to lose focus or get off track. Oppositely, not having as much free time allows you to more accurately assess how much you really have.
Also, I would recommend having a planner to allow you to keep track of important deadlines. If you don't keep close a close eye on your due dates, you can really overestimate the amount of time you have to study or forget about a due dates altogether.