1. Go to Class
We all know that college is really expensive. So why waste money and not attend class. If you start skipping class you will start to develop a bad habit that you will regret. There are days where you might have a valid excuse, but I highly recommend that you go unless you are physically or mentally suffering. REMEMBER: freshman year DOES count.
2. Talk with your Professors
If you aren’t understandin something talk to them. Trust me it may not seem like it, but they want to help you be sucessful at life. Communicate with them to learn more and have a better understanding of what’s going on. They can’t read your minds and won’t baby you. Maybe later on, they may write you a letter of recommendation if you needed.
3. Get to Know your RA (If Living in a Dorm)
She or he will be your lifesaver! They are there to help you with what ever you might need, and again they can’t read you mind. Let them know what’s going on if something is bothering you.
4. Do Not Buy your Books Before your Classes Start
Some professor will let you know if you will or not need their textbooks.They may even have tips for you on where to find them for a cheap price. Sometimes books are recommended and never used. If you can’t afford a book find a friend that is willing to share or someone who has already taken the same class. You can also sell your books at the end of the semester.
5. Find Yourself
College is the place where you will find yourself. You will find out things that interest you. You will not have the pressure you had in high school. If you like yoga, take a class. Don’t be afraid to try new things!
6. Treat Yourself with some Alone Time
It is fine to be by yourself once in a while. Embrace it, don’t be frightened by it. People will understand that you have more important things to do. Take yourself out to the movie, get some ice cream, and go exploring.
7. Study Hard
Make sure that you are one of those students that studies before the test or quiz is even announced. Pop quizzes are a thing in college. It is important to keep your grade up. Find that balance between sleeping, studying, and socializing. Don’t be overwhelmed.
Learn to love the city you are in. You might be living miles away from home, so learn to embrace it. Go and explore. You might find that small coffee shop that will be your study space.
Freshman 15 is a REAL thing. It may not be your thing but appreciate it. It will help you gain the self-confidence you might have been lacking. Eat healthy. College lunch rooms don’t reserve the healthiest things in the world.
10. College is to Enjoy
You will never be a freshman again. Enjoy your time and accept everything that life offers you. It is okay to say NO.
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