Freshman year of college comes with many twists and turns. You learn so much. You grow so much. It is very intimidating, going from being with your family and pets and having structure every day, to taking care of yourself and gaining freedom.
It’s crazy, really, because it comes so fast. All of the sudden your car's packed and you’re heading out. You are about to live on your own or share a space with people you’ve only texted with. Whatever the case, it’s going to be different, a lot different.
If I could give any advice to make this transition any bit easier, here’s my advice:
1. Work hard to become friends with your roommates
It is always better off becoming close and getting to know the people you’re living with then to stay distant. Especially if there is a problem. Nine times out of 10, friends can resolve conflicts a lot easier than strangers.
2. Make friends in classes
This is a beyond helpful tip. Your day will not look the same every day. It is so helpful to be able to talk to somebody in your class about assignments instead of having to be in the unknown or email your professor
3. Go to the library
It’s not uncool. It’s very helpful and bonus you will always meet people there.
4. Go to the gym
Not only can you avoid the freshman 15, but you can also meet new people (if you haven’t realized yet, you need to make friends wherever you go).
5. Stay on top of things and learn how to time manage
This is SOOO important. I am an art major, and I learned very quickly after my first project, that procrastination is not an option. As much as it may be fun to go do something, you need to make sure you are thinking about those upcoming deadlines.
6. Join some sort of organization
For instance, I am in a sorority. It is very helpful not only in meeting new people, but staying on top of things and making sure I take time out of the week to study as well as give back to the community
7. Have fun! But not too much fun
It’s completely fine to go out every once in awhile, just don’t make it something you do every day. It’s not healthy for you first off, and second off, you aren’t missing out on anything
8. Find friends who have pets
Seriously. Big deal. You will crave attention from dogs, cats, etc. My dogs are my absolute everything, but luckily I have friends here who have animals that I can snuggle with
9. Stay in touch with your family
I text and call my mom every single day. As much as the college life seems fun and amazing, you will miss them. A lot. You spent 18 years with them and then you’re just separated like that. So don’t forget to text your parents you love them
10. It will fly
Freshman year came and went in the blink of an eye. It’s saddening to think about, especially I know it’s only going to go faster from here. Make memories, start trying to figure your life out and work hard. It’s worth it in the end. Don’t be intimidated by what you’re getting into, it’s worth every second of it.