College can be stressful, from the list of readings and being away from home for the first time. Here is a list of the 11 things every college freshman should do before their first year of college to ensure that they will have the best four years of their life.
1. Make new friends
Friends in college will help you through the next four years. Get to know the people living on your floor, who you sit next to in class, and anyone else you think you would be good friends with. Most people are looking for friends too, so they will be happy you talked to them first.
2. Explore the campus
You never know what the campus has to offer unless you explore it. Does your campus have an incredible coffee shop, a movie theater, or a museum? Walk around and find out.
3. Join a club or organization (or multiple)
Most colleges have clubs and organization fairs. This is a great place to sign up for clubs that are tied to your major, or you can venture out and sign up for a club you never thought you would join.
4. Find the perfect place to study
Not everyone is able to study in loud residents halls, so explore the library, local coffee houses, a picnic table outside, and other nooks around the area to find the perfect place for you to get work done.
5. Start making good habits
It's a lot easier to start making good habits from the beginning of your college career than trying to play catch up towards the end. Go to class, turn in your assignments, get out of your dorm room, and stay healthy. Now is the time to start over and break any bad habits you may have carried over since high school. Do not let yourself fall into your old ways of skipping class and eating pizza every single night.
6. Go to on-campus events
Campuses usually bring in comedians, magicians, or fun events that are free to students. Take advantage of these opportunities and have some fun after your homework is finished.
7. Learn a new sport or hobby
College is a great time to pick up a new hobby. Join an intramural sports team, pick up a new hobby, or learn a new game. Be open to new ideas to broaden your horizons.
8. Go to sporting events
Sporting events are usually free for students, so take advantage of this perk and cheer on your team!
9. Explore the community
Take your friends and visit small, local restaurants, the farmer's market, and shops downtown. You never know what you will find when exploring local places, and they might even offer a student discount!
10. Take every opportunity
Whether it is an opportunity for a summer internship, or just an invitation to get ice cream with friends on a Tuesday night, take every chance you get to make memories.
11. Don't forget to call home
Your parents and family back home will still want to hear from you. You can tell them about all the friends you're making, the clubs you joined, and all about your new favorite restaurant in town.