5 Tips For Incoming College Freshmen

5 Tips For Incoming College Freshmen

The basics of ultimate success in college.
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Like with any new experience, starting college can be scary. You are in a new environment, surrounded by new people and are at the beginning of a completely new experience in your life. For any college freshman, the first few weeks of your first semester can be intimidating as you are trying to learn how to both be successful and enjoy your years spent in college. Here are five important tips for incoming college freshmen:

1. Go to class.

It sounds ridiculous, but you would be surprised how many people decide that they do not need to go to class. They would rather sleep in, or just do not feel like going. This is one of the biggest mistakes you can make, because not only will you fall behind, but many times, if you miss too many classes, your professor will automatically lower your grade. Classes are just not worth missing for an extra hour of sleep or another episode of the show you are binge watching.

2. Go to your professors' office hours.

Getting to know your professors will be greatly beneficial to you throughout your college career. By going to their office hours, whether it is for them to look over your next paper, or to ask a few last questions before an exam, becoming a familiar face to them outside of class will make them realize that you care about doing well. They will see that you are a hard worker, which can help you even after you are not in their class anymore when the time comes for recommendations for internships and, ultimately, jobs.

3. Stay ahead of your work and don't procrastinate.

When you get your syllabus at the beginning of the semester, all of your test dates and due dates seem so far away. You will likely put them out of your head, and tell yourself that you will worry about them when the time comes. Before you know it, though, you have forgotten all about them, and you walk into class unprepared for the test that day, or without your paper that is due. Always try to write down dates in your planner so you are aware that they are coming up, and begin working on projects and papers at least a week before they are due--never wait for the night before.

4. Get involved.

This is probably the most important thing to do when you start college. While getting involved on campus might seem like it may be difficult when you are a new face, it can be as easy as joining a club or going to events. Being an involved student not only looks good on your resume, but it will help you to make friends Hey! I was unable to verify the copyright status of the cover photo you used! Use Pexels, Pixabay, Wikimedia, Flickr Creative Commons, Unsplash, Stocksnap, maxpixel.freegreatpicture.com/, Splitshire, StartupStockPhotos, kaboompics, or Public Domain Pictures or personal photos to get ones we know we can use!and is guaranteed to make your college experience all you ever wanted it to be.

5. Don't stress too much.

I know, saying don't stress in college, now that has to be a joke, right? But, it's true! Coming from someone that stresses probably more than I need to, it is really not worth it. Yes, it is important to do well, get involved, and do everything you can to be successful, but it is also important to relax and have fun! College only lasts so long, and while you have to use it to learn how to use it to start your career, it is also important to enjoy it, because the years go by quicker than you think they will.

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“You'll appreciate it when you're older." Do you know how many times my mom has told me this? Too many to count. Every time I complain about looking young that is the response I get. I know she's right, I will love looking young when I'm in my 40s. However, looking young is a real struggle in your 20s. Here's what we have to deal with:

1. Everyone thinks your younger sister or brother is the older one.

True story: someone actually thought my younger sister was my mom once. I've really gotten used to this but it still sucks.

2. You ALWAYS get carded.

Every. Single. Time. Since I know I look young, I never even bothered with a fake ID my first couple of years of college because I knew it would never work. If I'm being completely honest, I was nervous when I turned 21 that the bartender would think my real driver's license was a fake.

3. People look at your driver's license for an awkward amount of time.

So no one has actually thought my real driver's license is fake but that doesn't stop them from doing a double take and giving me *that look.* The look that says, “Wow, you don't look that old." And sometimes people will just flat out say that. The best part is this doesn't just happen when you're purchasing alcohol. This has happened to me at the movie theater.

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4. People will give you *that look* when they see you drinking alcohol.

You just want to turn around and scream “I'M 21, IT'S LEGAL. STOP JUDGING ME."

5. People are shocked to find out you're in college.

If I had a dollar for every time someone had a shocked expression on their face after I told them I'm a junior in college I could pay off all of my student loan debt. It's funny because when random people ask me how school is going, I pretty much assume they think I'm in high school and the shocked look on their face when I start to talk about my college classes confirms I'm right.

6. For some reason wearing your hair in a ponytail makes you look younger.

I don't understand this one but it's true. Especially if I don't have any makeup on I could honestly pass for a child.

7. Meeting an actual 12-year-old who looks older than you.

We all know one. That random 12-year-old who looks extremely mature for her age and you get angry because life isn't fair.

8. Being handed a kids' menu.

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Dear Millennials, Don't Spend Your Life With Only One Future In Mind

Break the mold of a generation with an idealistic view and blinders that limit potential

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In the past few months, I've found myself in some pretty enlightening conversations with my close friends about plans, the future, and how our path defines who we are. Often in these conversations, I find myself coming to one very similar conclusion: You can't spend the entirety of the time you're becoming an adult only seeing one possible future.

When it comes to the millennial generation, I feel like a major flaw we have is a lack of flexibility. We want to live in the ideal neighborhood, have the super cool creative jobs and eat all the most Instagrammable foods. The only problem with that scenario is that life just doesn't work that way. No matter how hard we search, there isn't just one clear path or one perfect life.

Maybe we can blame it on the movies or technology and how it's allowed us to have whatever we desire with a few simple clicks, or maybe it's because we've really convinced ourselves that we're that fucking good.

Most of our parents are from a generation where when they turned 18, their parents basically said: "No more free food and easy living, go do something with your life." So, in turn, our parents spoiled us rotten and told us we could play Nintendo in their basements until we "got on our feet," whatever the hell that means.

The result? A generation that nails themselves to one idealistic career, effectively equipping blinders that keep all other potential career paths far out of sight.

So how do you break the mold? It's easy, think outside of the box you forced yourself into!

Instead of applying to every job on the market in one specialty, apply to lots of different jobs that meet your qualifications. You'd likely be surprised how many job descriptions for totally different roles can match up to be quite similar when it boils down to qualifications.

When someone asks you what you do for a living, tell them not only your current career but mention you also happen to be interested in exploring something beyond that. If someone asks me what my job is I almost always reply: "I'm currently a writer but I'm really interested in pursuing a career in video game publishing." Sure, most times they'll just comment on how nice that is, but maybe one day that type of introduction will lead to something more finite.

All I'm saying here is that you if you get married to one idea for how your future should be, you'll never be prepared for the things that pop up along the way and divert that plan. I'm not advising you to steer clear of goal-setting and achieving, but I am strongly recommending you broaden your horizons when it comes to how many goals you can achieve.

Life is short, careers can pivot and you can accomplish anything you set your mind to, so don't tie yourself down!

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