If you are going into your freshman year of college in the fall then here are somethings you should know.
1.It's OK to Cry
It's absolutely normal to cry. I cried in the most popular dining hall on the 3rd day of Orientation because I accidentally bought food. I cried my second week of college because I felt I was too mean to classmates, who I later became friends with. I have cried over food, homework, and because I felt to bored. Don't let anyone tell you it's not okay.
2. If you and your roommate aren't BFF, thats OK.
I was constantly feeling isolated from my friends because they all ended up being best friends with their roommates, while I was only okay. We got along great, and I am so glad I was able to meet her and talk to her, but a friendship never really formed. That's not a bad thing-you'll be making enough friends within your major and other core classes that everyone has to take.
3.Follow What Your Syllabus.
I have been called out on so much BS throughout my college career it's ridiculous. Each syllabus has what a teacher wants. FOLLOW THAT- you won't believe how many times i've been knocked down a letter grade because I used too many contractions or because I used an adverb. (PRO TIP: The longer the syllabus, the stricter the teacher is.)
4.Don't Take an 8am
(An accurate representation of how it feels to wake up for an 8am)
I know you've heard it before, but this is essential to your existence. Having an 8am in college is a completely different experience. Taking an 8am when you are in college will rip whatever soul you have left from high school, into shreds. It's still a mystery to me why it's so different, but trust me-it is not good.
5. Stand Up For Yourself
Freshman year is the fun time where you are either too cocky for your own good, or you don't have a backbone and you let people walk all over you. This includes teachers-be respectful of them, however don't let them get away with their shenanigans. If you feel something is unfair or wrong report it to the dean or someone with a higher authority. Don't live in fear.
Use these sparingly. Every college experience is different, just figure out what works best for you and fly with it. Just keep these in mind when you head on campus in the fall.