I Survived My Freshman Year of College And You Can Too
Start writing a post
Student Life

I Survived My Freshman Year of College And You Can Too

Going to college is a huge transition, but here are some tips to help

121
I Survived My Freshman Year of College And You Can Too

Consider this your Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide for College

Take time to find your classes before they start

Giphy

College campuses are harder to navigate than High School hallways but don't stress. Pull up google maps, grab your roommate, and take a stroll around campus to get the lay of the land.

Don't get your textbooks super early

Giphy

Textbooks are expensive, but in my experience, many professors don't actually require all of them or have cheaper options to help students. Wait until the professor goes over the syllabus on the first day and save your money. Besides, you probably won't read most of them anyway.

Get involved sooner rather than later

Giphy

Getting involved on campus helped me meet people and feel like I belonged with the campus community. There are so many clubs to choose from, look around and try anything that seems to interest you, college is the best time to experiment with your interests.

Attend campus events they're super fun

Giphy

At the beginning of the school year, college campuses usually host fun events like concerts or movie nights. Take advantage of these, they're super fun and there is usually free food involved.

Professors aren't as scary as they look

Giphy

Most professors are actually really approachable and totally willing to help you. They want you to succeed in their courses, so never be afraid to ask for help. Plus the professors are just really cool to hang around.

Roommates and friends aren't the same thing, but thats okay

Giphy

Room switches after the first few weeks of school are a totally normal thing, not everyone can get along well enough to live together. Dorm rooms are tiny and school is no fun when you're having problems with the person two feet away from you. Everything works it's self out in the end, and sometimes it takes a little friction for you to find your real friends.

Once you join the college crowd, you won't want to go back

Giphy

Starting to live on your own changes things, you and your parents develop different schedules, your old room becomes an office, and your friends still in high school now seem a lot younger than before. Plus you can go wherever and hang out with whoever whenever you want. Two days into your first visit home, you'll be ready to go back.

College is an adjustment, but once you get settled in, it's a ton of fun. Enjoy your freshman year, try not to stress too much, and know that it's okay if you don't have everything figured out just yet.

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
Featured

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

There have been many lessons learned.

72015
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
nappy.co

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.

133873
college students waiting in a long line in the hallway
StableDiffusion

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