17 Pieces Of Advice For Every Incoming College Freshman

17 Pieces Of Advice For Every Incoming College Freshman

Have fun and don't give up!
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To all the incoming college freshman,

You are in for a brand new ride, one that you have never been on before. As you embark on this journey I would like to share some of my advice with you all.

1. No matter how much you say you hate where you are from, no matter the reason, you will miss it when you're at school.

2. Focus on your grades, but also make sure to focus on your friends and yourself sometimes.

3. One bad grade will not kill your GPA, but many will. Keep that in mind.

4. If you have to retake a class, don't be ashamed. Just go at it a little harder and with more effort, seek out tutoring if you have to.

5. Use every resource that your campus has to offer you, whether it be a tutoring center or the gym, use it all to your advantage.

6. Make friends with at least one person in each of your classes in case you miss a day and need to get notes or the homework.

7. Talk to people, make friends. It's OK to be social.

8. If study groups or sessions are offered for a class, go to them! These will help for tests!

9. It's OK to be afraid. You are in a brand new environment after all.

10. Go to your professors office hours!

11. Ask for help when you need it!

12. It's OK to be homesick sometimes, but try to stick it out!

13. It's also OK to live at home and commute because you can still make friends!

14. If you need a mental health day take it, but be wise with the days you skip and how many you take!

15. Engage in discussions in the classroom! Your professors will love it and it will help you understand the material better!

16. Find people with a common interest as you and make friends or even start or join a group!

17. Most importantly, have fun and don't give up even when it gets hard because it will!

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To The Teacher Who Was So Much More

Thank you for everything
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I think it's fair to say that most people remember at least one teacher who had a lasting impact on them. I have been incredibly lucky to have several teachers who I will never forget, but one individual takes the cake. So here's to you: thank you for all you have done.

Thank you for teaching me lessons not just in the textbook.

Although you taught a great lecture, class was never just limited to the contents of the course. Debates and somewhat heated conversations would arise between classmates over politics and course material, and you always encouraged open discussion. You embraced the idea of always having an opinion, and always making it be heard, because why waste your voice? You taught me to fight for things I believed in, and to hold my ground in an argument. You taught me to always think of others before doing and speaking. You showed me the power of kindness. Thank you for all the important lessons that may not have been included in the curriculum.

Thank you for believing in me.

Especially in my senior year, you believed in me when other teachers didn't. You showed me just what I could accomplish with a positive and strong attitude. Your unwavering support kept me going, especially when I melted into a puddle of tears weekly in your office. You listened to my stupid complaints, understood my overwhelming stress-induced breakdowns, and told me it was going to be okay. Thank you for always being there for me.

Thank you for inspiring me.

You are the epitome of a role model. Not only are you intelligent and respected, but you have a heart of gold and emit beautiful light where ever you go. You showed me that service to others should not be looked at as a chore, but something to enjoy and find yourself in. And I have found myself in giving back to people, thanks to your spark. Thank you for showing me, and so many students, just how incredible one person can be.

Thank you for changing my life.

Without you, I truly would not be where I am today. As cliche as it sounds, you had such a remarkable impact on me and my outlook on life. Just about a year has passed since my graduation, and I'm grateful to still keep in touch. I hope you understand the impact you have made on me, and on so many other students. You are amazing, and I thank you for all you have done.

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How Much Freedom Do We Actually Have?

Lying in a job interview, aiming to be more selfish in 2019 and being fed up with exams

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Whenever I am tired I am very blunt and sincere, to the extent that I come off as rude sometimes. A couple of weeks ago I was in a job interview early in the morning, and the interviewer asked me what my dream was. This being in the middle of the finals season of a very tiring semester, my first thought was not this.

Although I do like studying and reading and find both of my majors extremely interesting, I am not a fan of being pressured. I don't care for the argument that pressure makes you work to the best of your abilities, or that it is a part of life. I don't like being pressured, and during that interview, I realized that my dream was to not be pressured to do anything ever. I want to live a relaxed life: I want to sleep eight hours every night, read books without worrying about memorizing their details for an exam, have time to exercise every day, have time to really talk to my friends and family, simply to have time to do things at my own pace.

Of course, I didn't say this to my interviewer but opted instead to give him a polished and made up answer about how the job I was applying for would help me advance my career and make the world a better place in the process. After the interview though, I kept thinking about why I changed my answer. My conclusion was that my dream made me seem lazy and not particularly driven. Isn't it absurd though, that to want to do things at your own pace makes you seem lazy? That to want time for yourself during such a short life as we have, is seen by many as selfish or the result of lack of motivation?

Up until now, college has been the time in my life in which I got to choose the most aspects of how I live, and I have found this freedom addicting. Isn't it crazy that I find it a privilege to be able to choose the time of my classes and consequently my meals and bedtime?

Another facet of my made-up answer was my desire to make the world a better place. It's not that I don't want to contribute to global progress because I do, but is it so wrong that this isn't my dream? Isn't my dream supposed to be about me? I think that nowadays many people see doing things for yourself, even the smallest things, as selfish. If it is selfish to take time for yourself, to choose to stay a night in watching your favorite T.V. shows instead of going out, or choosing to stop being close to someone that brings you down, I think we should all be selfish. If taking care of myself is selfish, then my goal for 2019 is to be as selfish as possible!

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