Tips for the College Freshman

Change is scary. You may be going in blind to your freshman year of college. Here are some tips to make sure you start off on the right foot.

  • Learn where the buildings are before the first day of class. Find out where your classes are located so you don’t get lost. You probably shouldn’t skip the tour at orientation.
  • Talk with your professors. If you have any questions meet with them during office hours. You may get tips they didn’t share in class and it will show them you are serious about your studies.
  • Use the free gym membership. The freshman 15 is real! Don’t become overweight from not staying active.
  • Avoid eating unhealthy food. There’s going to be a lot of opportunities to eat badly. You’ll end up feeling like crap, and not focusing as well when you need to. Not to mention the weight gain discussed above.
  • Keep all your notes and syllabuses together. You’ll never know when you need something. Keep everything until the end of the semester.
  • Don’t procrastinate with homework and projects. You’ll do a better job if you allow time to work on them and don’t rush. You’ll regret doing things last minute.
  • Join a club. You’ll meet people with similar interests which are so crucial in the beginning of college. They could end up being friends for life!
  • Plan everything. Use a planner, either paper or electronic. You’ll need to keep track of due dates.
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  • Rent textbooks or buy them online. You’ll often save quite a bit of money this way.
  • Don’t skip class. You are paying a lot for these classes and you will get behind. It’s so much easier and less stressful to not have to play catch up. I know it’s tempting, but don’t do it.
  • Keep in touch with family. Make sure you remember to call them. You will be busy, but family is important. La familia es todo.
  • Make sure you volunteer. No one cares what you did in high school and this will boost your resume. You can get opportunities through school.
  • Learn time management. If you have to work while in school, don’t work more than you can handle. You need to make sure you have time for homework, rest, and fun.
  • Don’t pull all-nighters. Study during the day and plan for it so you aren’t cramming. You probably won’t get an A if you stay up all night.
  • Get a tutor. Some schools offer them for free. It’s a good way to get help if you aren’t understanding your material as well as you should. There’s no reason to be embarrassed.