I wasn't sure what to expect from my first year of college, but it surprisingly was a success. My first two semesters flew by, and it's crazy that one year is already over.

With that being said, there are a couple of things I learned in my freshman year that I want to remember for my next year.

1. Write Everything Down

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This point played a huge role in the success I had in my first year. I always looked ahead in my agenda and prepared accordingly. By having everything laid out in front of me, I was able to see what I had coming up, and avoided procrastination.

2. Go To The Gym

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I always looked forward to going to the gym because it was an hour where I could just listen to music or catch up on my youtube subscriptions without feeling guilty. By watching videos and also exercising, I was able to take a break from studying and feel productive while working out.

3. Develop A Routine

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After just the first week of classes, I had a daily routine that I followed. This really helped in keeping me busy and not procrastinating on assignments. Have a set plan for when I would do homework, go to the gym, and eat really helped me manage my time, and wisely.

4. Talk To Your Parents At Least Once A Week

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During the weekend, I would always try my best to facetime my family for a couple of hours. This helped me stay connected to them since I didn't go home that often during the school year. They help keep me calm and grounded so talking to them every week is vital for me to stay focused on school.

5. Sleep

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I know I can't function without sleep, so I need to make sure I at least get six hours of rest. Next semester I have eight ams every day of the school week. I know I can make it to them, but I just have to take my sleep schedule more seriously.

6. Go To Concerts/Listen To Music

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Having things to look forward to kept me focused on what I needed to get done by the time that date came along. I went to a variety of concerts during my freshman year, and along with them all being amazing experiences, they helped me take a little break from academics. Listening to music also just helped me stay focused while enjoying my favorite songs.

I'm so grateful for my first year of college, and I can't wait to enjoy summer and then get back to Temple!