Tips Every College Freshman Can Use

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It’s that time of the year again when the kids are headed back to school. Students are excited to meet new teachers and wear new outfits and break in their fresh school supplies. But it’s an entirely new game for college freshmen. Anxiety is normal especially if they are venturing away from home to a new town away from all they know and love. But no need to fret freshmen. Here are a few tips to help make the transition less painful.

Don’t forget where you came from.

Although you’re away from home, often think of those who love and nurtured you when you were younger. Pull out the photo album and high school yearbook to remind you of those times. Reach out to your favorite teachers who pushed you to excel and your closest friends. It’s totally natural to miss your parents.

Stay focused and work hard!

College grades are mainly comprised of just a few exams, homework assignments, and attendance. If you slack off in the very beginning, not only will it show but it’ll be tough to recover. Go in with the mindset that your parents are spending a ton of money for you to go to college and you don’t want to waste their money.

Get help early!

You aren’t expected to excel in every single subject and score a perfect score on all tests but if you notice you’re falling behind, don’t wait to get help. There are tons of resources such as coach class, tutors, and study groups to help. Before you know it, it’ll be too late to recover from a not so great grade and it could be downhill from that point forward. Get help early.

Go to the students activities fair.

College is expensive and student activities are definitely factored in the tuition. Take advantage of every opportunity that interests you. The student activities fair allows you to see all that’s available to you in one place. Don’t miss out on this opportunity.

Don’t overpack.

Trust me, you don’t need to bring your entire wardrobe and every pair of shoes you own to school with you. Be considerate of your roommate and the students helping to move you in. You will be going home to visit so just bring clothes for the season. Dorm rooms are a confined space and the least amount of clutter, the better.

Keep an open mind.

While away at college you’ll meet a ton of people from various places and different walks of life. Be open to meeting people and don’t be so quick to judge anyone.


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