Freshman year consists of new friends, plenty of changes, and also a lot of mistakes. All of these changes can be scary, but the key to having a good year is to embrace them. Here are some tips that helped me to fall in love with my school and the college lifestyle.
Don't be afraid to branch out
Being shy in college just doesn't work out. You're no longer forced to socialize and branch out during lunch hour, this leaves meeting people completely up to you. But the good news is: its not as scary as it sounds. Everyone is in the same situation as you, don't be afraid to spark up a conversation! I'm sure they'll be glad you did.
Don't skip class
In the movies, it always seems like in college students can skip classes and get away with it, but even if your professor doesn't have an attendance policy, skipping will negatively impact your grade. Not only that, but most college professors will not let you make up the work you miss regardless of your circumstances. So get out of bed and have your GPA be your motivation!
I too was one of those students who never studied and still got great grades in high school. It's easy to get used to never studying, but college will be WAY different. A lot of the material your professors will test you on will have to be self-taught, so studying is inevitable.
I know, I know, this is very controversial to some people, but going out doesn't have to involve drinking! It's a great way to meet more people and get a vibe for the different organizations and clubs on campus. I've met so many great people by going out on the weekends.
In college, this will be your biggest enemy. You have to be responsible for yourself now, you'll no longer have your parents there to nag you to do your homework. Learning the balance between work and play was probably my hardest struggle in college, but it is definitely manageable. I suggest keeping a planner to keep track of your assignments to avoid them piling up.