The Do's and Don'ts of Freshman Year
Start writing a post
Student Life

The Do's and Don'ts of Freshman Year

The Do's and Don'ts of Freshman Year

To all the freshman out there, I know you get a lot of advice. Some of it is advice you don’t want, and some of it is possibly some advice you never will need.

Personally, I wish I had received more advice my freshman year. For example, before recruitment, it would have been nice to know to buy more expensive makeup that wont run down my face all day in the hot Florida sun. Or that the first guy I made out with at the bar was not going to end up being the prince charming I may have originally thought when we started dating seriously. Or maybe that not every relationship from high school with your friends will last. So to the freshman my advice is short and sweet but could possibly be helpful in avoiding these future mistakes:

First, I want to make it be known that the FRESHMAN 15 DOES EXIST AND IS OUT TO GET YOU. My first dorm was apartment style, and that made the meal plan obsolete, to me anyway. (I made sure to get my dad a full refund since he bought me the most expensive one thinking that this was definitely the best thing for me.) So, my very first Publix runs ended in me buying French fries, brownies, and lots of snacks, you know, low carb high vitamin type stuff. Eventually I completely lost track of my diet and eating things ‘I knew would taste good.’ When spring came around I became a total gym rat and ate completely healthy and realized my new body was way more worth it than those mid-day sandwiches.

Next topic is boys. Not men, boys, because that’s what they are in college. This is a very important point to remember because you will get hurt. The biggest piece of advice I can give about relationships in college is to have them, because even though they may hurt sometimes, they are and will always be a growing experience, and that’s what life is all about, and that’s all I have to say about that.

Another thing, DO NOT SKIP CLASS. Okay, skip class on your birthday, live a little. Maybe even if you’re just having a really rough day. But remember that at UCF, attendance is taken really seriously. I didn’t even know that attendance in college was a thing, but it can be a big part of your grade and even if it isn’t, there is important information that’s always said in class that may not be in online lectures or the textbook, and you will get tested on it.

Finally, the big one. Partying. Going out is a great way to meet people and create awesome memories with your friends, but it can also ruin everything including relationships, your reputation, and your schoolwork. Remember why you are really in college in the first place. I’m not going to elaborate too much on this because we are all adults and shouldn’t be talked down to about drinking or going out, but everything good can be done in moderation.

Even after all of this my biggest advice is just to have fun. These are the best four to five years of our lives, so live it up and stay in school kids.

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.
the beatles
Wikipedia Commons

For as long as I can remember, I have been listening to The Beatles. Every year, my mom would appropriately blast “Birthday” on anyone’s birthday. I knew all of the words to “Back In The U.S.S.R” by the time I was 5 (Even though I had no idea what or where the U.S.S.R was). I grew up with John, Paul, George, and Ringo instead Justin, JC, Joey, Chris and Lance (I had to google N*SYNC to remember their names). The highlight of my short life was Paul McCartney in concert twice. I’m not someone to “fangirl” but those days I fangirled hard. The music of The Beatles has gotten me through everything. Their songs have brought me more joy, peace, and comfort. I can listen to them in any situation and find what I need. Here are the best lyrics from The Beatles for every and any occasion.

Keep Reading...Show less
Being Invisible The Best Super Power

The best superpower ever? Being invisible of course. Imagine just being able to go from seen to unseen on a dime. Who wouldn't want to have the opportunity to be invisible? Superman and Batman have nothing on being invisible with their superhero abilities. Here are some things that you could do while being invisible, because being invisible can benefit your social life too.

Keep Reading...Show less

19 Lessons I'll Never Forget from Growing Up In a Small Town

There have been many lessons learned.

houses under green sky
Photo by Alev Takil on Unsplash

Small towns certainly have their pros and cons. Many people who grow up in small towns find themselves counting the days until they get to escape their roots and plant new ones in bigger, "better" places. And that's fine. I'd be lying if I said I hadn't thought those same thoughts before too. We all have, but they say it's important to remember where you came from. When I think about where I come from, I can't help having an overwhelming feeling of gratitude for my roots. Being from a small town has taught me so many important lessons that I will carry with me for the rest of my life.

Keep Reading...Show less
​a woman sitting at a table having a coffee

I can't say "thank you" enough to express how grateful I am for you coming into my life. You have made such a huge impact on my life. I would not be the person I am today without you and I know that you will keep inspiring me to become an even better version of myself.

Keep Reading...Show less
Student Life

Waitlisted for a College Class? Here's What to Do!

Dealing with the inevitable realities of college life.

college students waiting in a long line in the hallway

Course registration at college can be a big hassle and is almost never talked about. Classes you want to take fill up before you get a chance to register. You might change your mind about a class you want to take and must struggle to find another class to fit in the same time period. You also have to make sure no classes clash by time. Like I said, it's a big hassle.

This semester, I was waitlisted for two classes. Most people in this situation, especially first years, freak out because they don't know what to do. Here is what you should do when this happens.

Keep Reading...Show less

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

Facebook Comments