It would be difficult to write a general guide to college because there’s not really a general college experience. There are lots of different kinds of colleges, all over the world, and they all work a little bit differently. So, it’s really going to depend on the kind of college, plus when and where your story takes place.
One of the best things you can do is look for a college to serve as a model for the one in your story. Are you looking for a big university? Ivy League? Small and private? State college? Community college? It’s up to you to figure that out, then start looking for examples in the area where your story takes place (or one like it). When you find a college that can serve as inspiration for the one in your story, go to their web site and look for the student section. Any question you have should be answered on the web site, from what classes are available, what the dorms are like, what amenities are available on campus, and what student life is like. Many colleges also offer video tours, maps and layouts, photo galleries, and informative videos. Spend some time researching the inspiration school and then create your fictional version. Or, you could even send your character to the real college if you wanted. It’s up to you!
If you have more general questions about the college experience, like, “What was the hardest thing about being a college student?” Or, “Did you prefer to cook your own meals or eat in the cafeteria?” you can post these questions on web forums for writers, like the one at NaNoWriMo. People will be happy to answer any general questions you might have.
Good luck with your story and your research! <3
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