A Sophomore's Survival Guide To The First Year

A Sophomore's Survival Guide To The First Year

Incoming freshmen, you're going to want to read this.

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There's a lot of things that are different when you start living at school with the same people 24/7. It's an adjustment and you're going to want to be prepared for that.

1. Be at least 5 minutes early to your classes.

First of all, you can get a good seat. But more importantly, you can start to become a familiar face to your professor which is a really good thing. You can get your notebook or laptop ready before class starts so that way you won't miss any of the lecture.

2. Keep a clean room.

Considering most of your friends will be made in the residence halls, people are going to end up hanging out in your room. No one wants to walk into a gross, tiny room, so try to keep it tidy.

3. Use a planner.

Staying organized is so important. With 5 classes and a ton of coursework, you're not going to be able to magically remember all of your assignments and upcoming exams, so you need to find a cute planner and write everything down. Color-coding definitely helps.

4. Go out and have fun.

Don't go out every night, but some of the best ways to make new friends is to go out.

5. Go to the club fair.

Find something that you like and sign up for it! It's such an easy way to make new friends and keep busy on campus.

6. Always carry an umbrella.

You never know when you're going to be walking to class when all of a sudden it starts to downpour. Trust me, you don't want to get caught in the rain with your books, your laptop, and your clothes.

7. Get in a routine.

Being in a routine will help you feel more at home. For example, go to class, go to the gym, do your homework, and watch Netflix. Although it can change a bit each day you'll feel much better if you have an idea of what you're doing when you wake up each day.

8. Try your best not to procrastinate.

Seriously you're not going to want to have assignments that you didn't finish when all of a sudden plans come up last minute.

9. Find a show to watch when you have a bad day.

Some days you're just going to want to curl up in your bed and watch a show. Whether it's Friends, The Office, or Parks & Rec, it'll make your day a lot better.

10. Do your laundry once a week.

Get in the habit so that you never run out of clean clothes. I promise it's not hard.

11. Walk in groups.

During the day walking to class by yourself is fine, but walking around after class try to walk with at least one other person. I'm not saying your campus isn't safe, I'm just saying you need to take precautions.

12. Don't spend all of your points in the first few weeks.

Whatever system your school uses for meal points other than dining halls, don't use all of them before the semester has even begun. You're not going to be happy when halfway through the semester you don't have enough points to buy the snack you want in the student center.

13. Leave your door open for a while.

Meet the people on your floor and be friendly! They're your neighbors for the next year.

14. Don't overpack.

Don't bring more than you actually need because there's hardly any extra room in your dorm so you don't need a bunch of extra stuff.

15. Just relax.

Seriously you'll be fine, college is fun! If you get stressed call your parents or your home friends. Reach out to new people on campus. Take a nap or go out. Whatever you decide to do, just have fun.

College is a time to have fun and learn as much as you can, so just relax and take a deep breath because it's not as scary as you may be thinking.

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To All Incoming Freshmen, When You Get To College, Please Don't Be THAT Freshman

I am pretty sure we all know who I'm talking about.

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As we are all counting down the days to return to campus, students are looking forward to meeting new people and reuniting with old friends. And then, there is the freshman.

We have all been there. The eagerness and excitement have been slowly building up through months of summer vacation, all waiting for this moment. I understand the anxiousness, enthusiasm, and insecurities. The opportunity to meet new people and explore a new area is very intriguing. But let's be real, you are here to make memories and get an education. So here are a few pieces of advice from a former college freshman.

1. Don't be that freshman who follows their significant other to college

This is the boy or girl who simply can not think for themselves. The 17-year-old puts their own personal goals and interests aside to sacrifice for a six-month high school relationship. This will more than likely end at an end of semester transfer after the relationship has been tested for a month or two in college life. So if you want to really enjoy your freshman year, make your own decisions and do what is best for you.

2. Don't be that freshman who lets their parents pick their major

"You are not going to school just to waste my money."

This is a statement you might have heard from your parents. As true as it might seem, this is definitely not a good way to start your college years. If you are not majoring in something you can see yourself doing, you are wasting your time. You can major in biology, go to medical school, and make the best grades. But if deep down you don't want to be a doctor, you will NOT end up being a good doctor. When it comes to picking your major, you really have to follow your heart.

3. Don't be that freshman who gets overwhelmed with the first taste of freedom

Yes. It is all very exciting. You don't have a curfew, you don't have rules, you don't have anyone constantly nagging you, but let's not get carried away. Don't be the freshman who gets a tattoo on the first night of living on your own. Don't be the freshman who tries to drink every liquor behind the bar. Don't be the freshman who gets caught up being someone that they aren't. My best advice would be to take things slow.

4. Don't be that freshman who starts school isolated in a relationship

I'm not telling you not to date anyone during your freshman year. I am saying to not cut yourself off from the rest of the world while you date someone. Your first year on campus is such an amazing opportunity to meet people, but people are constantly eager to start dating someone and then only spend time with that person.

Be the freshman who can manage time between friends and relationships.

5. Don't be that freshman who can't handle things on their own

It is your first year on your own. Yes, you still need help from your parents. But at this point, they should not be ordering your textbooks or buying your parking pass. If you need something for a club or for class, YOU should handle it. If you're having roommate problems, YOU should handle it, not your parents. This is the real world and college is a great time for you to start building up to be the person you want to be in the future, but you can't successfully do that if your parents still deal with every minor inconvenience for you.

6. Don't be that freshman who only talks to their high school friends

I know your high school was probably amazing, and you probably had the coolest people go there. However, I believe that college is a great time to be on your own and experience new things. Meeting new people and going to new places will allow you to grow into a more mature person. There is a way to balance meeting new friends and maintaining friendships with childhood friends, and I am sure you will find that balance.

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