Seventeen Tips On How To Survive Your College Freshman Year

Seventeen Tips On How To Survive Your College Freshman Year

It takes more than easy mac and coffee.

Speaking as someone who survived their freshman year (survived as in made it to the end with blood, sweat, and tears), getting through your first year takes some actual adulting. Horrifying, I know. But with that new independence comes responsibility. Here are a couple tips on how to successfully live through your freshman year at college.

1. You don’t need those dresses and skirts you’re trying to shove in your duffel bag.

I made that mistake. They ended up collecting dust in my closet since 98% of the time I rolled out of my dorm in sweats and a free t-shirt I got that promoted some random SU club. You will 100% succumb to the groutfit within the third week.

2. Liquor before beer, you’re in the clear; beer before liquor, you’ll never be sicker.

Unless you wanna hurl your Commons food into the bushes outside a frat house, just stick to this rule.

3. Don’t take an 8 am class.

“Oh, but I got up at 6:45 a.m. for high school every day, this is totally doable!” No. Stop it. It’s not doable, it’s called being an idiot and signing yourself up for hell.

4. Don’t leave your laundry to the last minute.

It’s not in your best interest to wear the same jeans four days in a row. It’s not in your best smell factor either.

5. Ignore boys who text you after 11:30 p.m.

Those, ladies, are called players and every college is infested with them. The best insecticide to use is the cold shoulder.

6. Join a sports team or club.

Joining the SU equestrian team was the best decision I ever made. I wouldn’t have gotten through my freshman year without my girls.

7. You won’t get any studying done in your room.

Make the trek to the library, sit your butt down in the quiet section, and be the good little student your mother thinks you are.

8. Speaking of moms, make sure to call yours.

They’re your biggest cheerleader and give excellent advice.

9. Every person is just as scared and nervous on your first day as you are.

Many are too shy to make the first move. Save someone some anxiety and just sit down and introduce yourself. You’ll be glad you did it, trust me.

10. Go to office hours.

Your professor has so many students that their faces have morphed into one generic desperate college kid. Make yourself stand out by going to their office at least once a week with questions about the class. It’ll also prompt them to raise your grade from an 89 to a 90 if you’re on the edge.

11. For the love of God, take out your trash.

At one point my roommate and I collectively had over 5 full trash bags, 3 pizza boxes, and countless empty chipotle bags (courtesy of me). My mother would’ve had a heart attack if she ever saw it (sorry Mom if you’re reading this). God bless for febreeze scenties

12. Go to events for free stuff.

My mom yelled at me because I came back with about 8 new tshirts. A lot of the events also give you free snacks; I was late to Psych once because there were too many free snacks to carry.

13. If there’s a dog on campus, chase it down to pet it.

I’ve also been late to Psych because I was busy petting dogs. Totally worth it, they were really good dogs.

14. You’re paying for that gym on campus, might as well use it.

Freshman fifteen is very, very real.

15. Don’t spend all of your money on food.

Speaking from a very disappointing and hangry experience.

16. Take care of your mental health.

It’s okay to take a day to yourself, even if it means skipping class. You can’t perform to your top level if you’re drowning inside.

17. And finally, have fun.

Have fun, don’t be too serious, work hard, and make lots of friends. These are some of the best years of your life; don’t waste them.

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No, A Colored Student Did Not 'Steal Your Spot,' They Worked Hard To Get Here

I keep hearing this ignorant question of, "How come illegal immigrants can get scholarships, but I can't?"


Real talk, this whole "they're stealing our resources!" thing has to stop.

It ranges from welfare to acceptance letters into prestigious universities. People (and by people, I'm referring to those who identify as white) have made the assumption that they are having their opportunities stolen by people of color. That's ridiculous.

I love my university. I love the people at my university. However, when I sit in a classroom and look around at my colleagues, the majority of them are white. Of course, there are some classes that are filled with more people of color, but for the most part, they're predominantly white. So, let's say that out of a classroom of 30 students, only 7 identify as people of color.

In what world can somebody make the argument that those 7 students are stealing the spot of a white student? I don't think people realize how hard those 7 students had to work just to be in the same spot as their white counterparts.

Let me use my experience: I am a Latina woman who is attending university on a full-ride scholarship. I don't always tell people about this, because I don't feel like being asked, "wow, what did you do to get that?!" A lot. I keep hearing this ignorant question of, "How come illegal immigrants can get scholarships, but I can't?"

First off, those "illegal immigrants" you're bashing, don't even qualify for financial aid. They don't qualify for most scholarships, actually. Second, have you considered that maybe, that "illegal immigrant" worked hard in and outside of school to earn their scholarship? I received my full-ride scholarship on the basis of my GPA, but also because I am a lower-class woman of color and was selected because I am disproportionately affected by poverty and access to a quality education.

So, this scholarship was literally created because there is an understanding that minorities don't have the same access to education as our white counterparts. It's not a handout though, I had to work hard to get the money that I have now. When white students get scholarships, it's not a handout but when you're Latina like me, apparently it is.

This way of viewing minorities and their education is damaging, and further discourages these people from receiving a quality education. We didn't steal anybody's spot, we had to work to get where we are, twice as hard as our white colleagues that are not discriminated against on a daily basis.

Instead of tearing down students of color because you didn't get a scholarship, why not criticize the American education system instead? It's not our fault tuition is $40k a year, and we have no reason to apologize for existing in a space that is predominantly white.

To students of color: you worked hard to get where you are, and I am proud of you. To white students: I'm proud of you too. We all worked hard to get to where we are now, let's lift each other up, not put each other down.

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