8 Pieces of Advice to college freshmen To Help You Make The Most Out Of Your First Year

8 Pieces of Advice to college freshmen To Help You Make The Most Out Of Your First Year

Follow these so you aren't the person upper-classmen on campus roll their eyes about thinking "freshmen"


As a college freshman, there were certain things that I expected and some that I didn't. Overall, most of these pieces of advice seem obvious, but when you are thrown into the college scene, everything that you once knew has changed and even the most obvious things are easy to forget. Don't get caught up in the stress, and follow these eight tips.

1. Go to class.


In high school, it was easy to not want to go, but you lived with your parents who would ensure that you went to school. Because college comes with so much independence it is easy to skip class. In most classes, though attendance counts towards your grade. If that's not enough motivation to go, realize you are paying a lot of money to go these classes. I remember proudly telling my parents that I had not yet missed a class. My dad looked at me and said, "Why is that a big deal? You are paying to go to them". That always stuck with me, so please realize you pay for every class whether you go or not.

2. Get involved right from the start.


During Welcome Week go to all the events that seem like they will be awful. If you aren't out of your comfort zone, then you aren't doing college right. Chances are you will meet someone who is just as uncomfortable and annoyed by the icebreakers as you are.

3. Keep a planner.


Even if you were super organized in high school without keeping a planner you should start the habit right away when you get to college. Writing out your assignments for your different classes allows you to see everything you have due that week and stay organized without forgetting assignments. In high school, teachers might have been lenient if you forgot, but in college, they will treat you like an ~adult~.

4. Know it’s okay to stay in on the weekends.


There is a level of pressure among college kids to make the most out of every single weekend. While going out to parties is fun, you also can have just as much fun staying in with your friends having a movie night.

5. On the other hand, do go out when you feel like it.


Don't let the stress of homework make you decide to stay in every weekend because there's something more productive you could be doing. It is okay to relax and have fun with your friends on the weekends. You have to allow time for yourself to decompress and escape the stress of school.

6. Take advantage of the on-campus tutoring.


Whether it's taking your term papers to the Writer's Studio or going to practice your final presentation at the Speaker's Lab, use the resources your college has provided you with. You are paying for these services, so you should use them.

7. What you thought was embarrassing in high school, isn’t embarrassing in college.


In high school, it's easy to get caught up in the everyday drama, but in college people just don't care as much. It's not embarrassing to eat lunch by yourself or to mess up when you give presentations. Everyone is in the same position you are, so you have to remember they all feel the same way.

8. Open up to more people.


As cliché as it sounds, allow yourself to be open to new opportunities and to grow. I'm not saying to share your deepest secrets with every person you meet, but be open to making new friends. Keep an open mind with every person you meet because more than likely you have a lot more similarities with your peers than differences. completely natural to see yourself change too.

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The Ultimate List Of 'One Tree Hill' Moments That Left Us Shook

There's only one Tree Hill.

Late last semester, I was in desperate need of a new Netflix show to start watching. I casually inquired to my roommates if I should start watching "One Tree Hill." Both having watched the show before, and slightly horrified that I've never even seen a single episode, they wholeheartedly urged me to begin the emotional journey that is "One Tree Hill." The show is quite a doozy at nine seasons, but I powered through all the ridiculous, melodramatic, and, above all, ups and downs that the multitude of characters experience. I have way too many thoughts concerning this show, but here we go.

Here are some of the best things about this show:

1. Brooke & Peyton's Friendship

2.Haley & Nathan's First Kiss

3. The Cracker Jack Box Prize

4. The Boytoy Auction

5. Lucas and Nathan's Budding Friendship

6. Whitey's Tough Love And Wisdom

7. Jake Being The Best All-Around Guy

8. Lucas's Heartfelt Speech To Brooke In The Rain

9. Peyton Bonding With Her Biological Mother

10. Karen & Keith Getting Together

11. Mouth Being The Ultimate Friend

12. Haley & Nathan Renewing Their Vows

13. The Ravens Winning The Basketball Championship

14. Lucas Declaring His Love To Peyton

15. Haley & Nathan Having Jamie

16. The Heartfelt Farewell To The River Court After Graduating High School

17. The Transformation Of Brooke Davis

18. Brooke & Peyton Reuniting In Tree Hill

19. Haley & Nathan's Little Family

20. Quentin & Jamie

21. Lucas & Peyton Getting Back Together

22. Deb Knocking Nanny Carrie Out

23. The Dog Eating Dan's Heart

24. Lucas & Peyton Getting Married

25. Peyton & Lucas Having Sawyer

26. Nathan Getting Into The NBA

27. Brooke & Julian's Relationship

28. Clay & Quinn Getting Together

29. The Utah Trip

30. Brooke & Julian's Wedding

31. Lydia Scott Arriving

32. Brooke Telling Julian She's Pregnant

33. Jude & Davis Baker

34. Chase Being The Best Bar Manager

35. Chris Keller Returning

36. Keith Forgiving Dan

37. Clay & Quinn Getting Engaged

38. Clay & Quinn & Logan Becoming A Family

39. The Cast Singing Along To The Theme Song

40. This Iconic Line

"One Tree Hill" is definitely a show that gives you some serious feelings, and because of that, I think it's one of the best teen dramas ever made. Lucas, Nathan, Brooke, Peyton, Karen, Keith, Whitey, Jamie, Deb, Mouth, Skills, Clay, Quinn, Millie, Chase, Chris, and even Dan will always have a place in every OTH fan's heart. There is, after all, only one Tree Hill.

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