a current student here
This is not high school! Be prepared to become fully independent (e.g. no more parental notes written to teachers). The only communication to teachers will be through the students themselves. Also, learning how to properly manage the weekly schedule and to UTILIZE the free time in between is crucial for the college career. Completing assignments during free time is sensible and so other time could be used for studying. Become involved with a maximum of two clubs/activities at first. I mention two because joining an exorbitant amount of activities may withdraw students from academic time. The benefit of joining clubs is to find social connections that could alleviate the stress of being in a new environment, while allowing friendships to be built on those connections. Students will be assigned to academic advisers who will be very helpful in the search for classes, so be on their good side! Also, help is always extended by professors throughout the semester as long as students seek it (meet them halfway).