15 Tips For the Freshman To Help Them Be Successful Their First Day of College

15 Tips For the Freshman To Help Them Be Successful Their First Day of College

What you may not have been told but should for sure know.


Freshman year. It's can seem pretty scary, especially if you are in a whole new state and don't yet know anyone. This is the year you find out if college is truly the best thing for you. It is your first real taste of independence and a new opportunity to meet people from all over.

If you need some tips on what to know before your first day of college, here's a list from someone who is going on into their sophomore year.

So without further ado, A list of 15 tips for a freshman to help them be successful on their first day of college.

1. Be prepared to start doing work right away

Yes. You have syllabus week in college but after the first day (or sometimes on the first day) be prepared to jump right into school work or at the very least an assignment due that first week.

2. It's different then high school.

Like a lot different. In college you are responsible for going to classes, doing work/ making up if you miss and for the most part you are responsible for yourself.

3. Take advantage of free stuff

Most colleges have a welcome week of some sort (for example, the University of Kentucky has K-Week), take advantage of this as it is one of the many opportunities you have to get free stuff. Another tip: free stuff is often given throughout the year sometimes too, again take advantage of this.

4. Take notes

If you weren't really a note taker in high school, thats something you should probably try to change in college. Notes are important and especially helpful when studying or just to go back over if you need to.

5. Relax

You may not realize it but every other freshman is feeling the same way you do. Nervous. Just relax and you'll do fine.

6. Have an open mind about your classmates

By doing this, you are guaranteed to make friends or at least meet some interesting people. It will also help to have at least one friend or person you are acquainted with in class to help you with work in case you do miss.

7. Get involved on campus

Again, another way to just meet people. Whether its going greek, joining a club or being an athlete, getting involved on campus will make you feel better and you'll have experiences you may not have had otherwise.

8. If you can, set up a bank account.

especially if you're going out of state. Doing so insures that you have a place with money if you need it as well as teaching you how to handle your own finances.

9. Get to know your proffessors

It may seem scary but will be a good thing in the long run. Also if you miss something or have a question, it is easier to approach them and ask.

10. ​If you don't need it, don't bring it.

The dorms are small, so this can be literally anything. Clothes, shoes, your car ( this one especially as you'll mostly be walking everywhere and it's hard to park in some places). however if you do need your car or are living off campus, invest in a parking permit.

11. Start creating a resume

Then have it critiqued by someone who knows what they are doing. Also find a place to put some of your work on the web, especially if you need it to apply for a job in the future. Some of the best things to do would be to set up a website or if your a writer apply for your school's newspaper or Odyssey (if they have one).

12. Try new things

College is a time for everyone yo figure out what they truly want to do with their lives so take a minute and try something, even if you think you won't like it (because you just might).

13. Do I have to take this class?

Chances are if you sign up for a class and realize you don't really want to take it, you don't have to, unless it is required or you can try changing it to something else that fits the requirement.

14. Explore your campus before

Try to see if you can locate your all your classes and if not at least try to see if you can locate the ones for your first day thst way your not s nervous and you know where to go.

15. Enjoy it

Time flies as you get older so take your time and enjoy the little things.

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It's Time To Thank Your First Roommate

Not the horror story kind of roommate, but the one that was truly awesome.

Nostalgic feelings have recently caused me to reflect back on my freshman year of college. No other year of my life has been filled with more ups and downs, and highs and lows, than freshman year. Throughout all of the madness, one factor remained constant: my roommate. It is time to thank her for everything. These are only a few of the many reasons to do so, and this goes for roommates everywhere.

You have been through all the college "firsts" together.

If you think about it, your roommate was there through all of your first college experiences. The first day of orientation, wishing you luck on the first days of classes, the first night out, etc. That is something that can never be changed. You will always look back and think, "I remember my first day of college with ____."

You were even each other's first real college friend.

You were even each other's first real college friend.

Months before move-in day, you were already planning out what freshman year would be like. Whether you previously knew each other, met on Facebook, or arranged to meet in person before making any decisions, you made your first real college friend during that process.

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The transition from high school to college is not easy, but somehow you made it out on the other side.

It is no secret that transitioning from high school to college is difficult. No matter how excited you were to get away from home, reality hit at some point. Although some people are better at adjusting than others, at the times when you were not, your roommate was there to listen. You helped each other out, and made it through together.

Late night talks were never more real.

Remember the first week when we stayed up talking until 2:00 a.m. every night? Late night talks will never be more real than they were freshman year. There was so much to plan for, figure out, and hope for. Your roommate talked, listened, laughed, and cried right there with you until one of you stopped responding because sleep took over.

You saw each other at your absolute lowest.

It was difficult being away from home. It hurt watching relationships end and losing touch with your hometown friends. It was stressful trying to get in the swing of college level classes. Despite all of the above, your roommate saw, listened, and strengthened you.

...but you also saw each other during your highest highs.

After seeing each other during the lows, seeing each other during the highs was such a great feeling. Getting involved on campus, making new friends, and succeeding in classes are only a few of the many ways you have watched each other grow.

There was so much time to bond before the stresses of college would later take over.

Freshman year was not "easy," but looking back on it, it was more manageable than you thought at the time. College only gets busier the more the years go on, which means less free time. Freshman year you went to lunch, dinner, the gym, class, events, and everything else possible together. You had the chance to be each other's go-to before it got tough.

No matter what, you always bounced back to being inseparable.

Phases of not talking or seeing each other because of business and stress would come and go. Even though you physically grew apart, you did not grow apart as friends. When one of you was in a funk, as soon as it was over, you bounced right back. You and your freshman roommate were inseparable.

The "remember that one time, freshman year..." stories never end.

Looking back on freshman year together is one of my favorite times. There are so many stories you have made, which at the time seemed so small, that bring the biggest laughs today. You will always have those stories to share together.

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The unspoken rule that no matter how far apart you grow, you are always there for each other.

It is sad to look back and realize everything that has changed since your freshman year days. You started college with a clean slate, and all you really had was each other. Even though you went separate ways, there is an unspoken rule that you are still always there for each other.

Your old dorm room is now filled with two freshmen trying to make it through their first year. They will never know all the memories that you made in that room, and how it used to be your home. You can only hope that they will have the relationship you had together to reflect on in the years to come.

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Getting Through The Last Half Of The Semester As Told By Kelly Clarkson Lyrics

"Let's wake up in the afternoon pretend that we got nothing to do."


The last 6-7 weeks of the semester as always the hardest to get through. Especially, if you're a senior who will never be back in a classroom after this. Here are some lyrics by Kelly Clarkson that will remind you that you're almost there:

1. "What doesn't kill you makes you STRONGER."

All these last few assignments and tests may feel completely pointless but remember, these things are only getting you one step closer to your diploma.

2. "Wanna feel the warm breeze. Sleep under a palm tree. Feel the rush of the oceanGet onboard a fast train. Travel on an jet plane, far away."

Pretty much everyday during class I just think about all the places I'd rather be. Like on a beach!

3. "No one can hold me back, I ain’t got time for that."

No matter what curve balls your professor throws at you, you don't care and just keep going.

4. "But you pay, you pay for it. You can't win, no."

Even though we pay for it and pay to be here, professors still try to act like we are in high school.

5. "For all I know is nothing's changed. Nothing ever will if I don't leave this place."

We are so burnt out at this point and know that our happiness will only return once these last few weeks are done.

6. "Oh, this is killing me. I need you to see, that somethings gotta change."

When your professor has 3 papers, 2 exams, a group project and whatever else due by the end of the semester...

7.  "Let's wake up in the afternoon pretend that we got nothing to do."

How you feel every morning when trying to get out of bed for class.

8. "Oh, I'm getting tired of believing. Even sicker of pretending. That it's not so bad, just wait it out."

All these years you have told your self that this isn't that bad or that it's almost over. But now that it is almost over your done telling yourself it's not that bad.

9. "Putting up with all the bullshit, it made me strong enough to do this."

Dealing with everything that has caused you to have setbacks or struggle, have only made you prepared to push through this last stretch.

10. "But Since you been gone I can breathe for the first time."

That final day of classes will be the best feeling. No more stress, it's all over.

It's the home stretch, you're almost there. You got this!

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