You’re super excited for your freshman year of college, right? You can’t stop thinking about it, your heart beats faster when you imagine your first night, and you really just can’t wait. But you’re not sure how things are gonna go when you get there. You’re nervous! Don’t worry, everybody is nervous about their freshman year and I have some tips right here to make it go a little smoother for you:
1. Join an Organization
Student government, dance team, intramural sport, a sorority, or a fraternity. Just join something. If you can, join it before your first semester even starts! This is truly the best way to get to know people and start making friends. It also allows you to get a feel of what the social scene at your school is like. Even if you came with people you knew from high school, get involved and meet people.
This will also look really good on your resume and completely enrich your college experience. Try to find one or two orgs that you can commit some time to and go for a leadership position in your sophomore year.
2. Set Aside Study Time
Let’s be honest here. The most exciting thing about college is the FREEDOM. No parents, no adults telling you what to do. Heck, you are an adult now…right? So you go to school, ready to party, ready to do whatever you want, eat what you want, stay out as late as you want. With no one to tell you any different! Fine, but please, please, please, just set aside some study time!
You will be so happy when you have a solid GPA to build on and you will HATE yourself if you screw the first year up. Don’t get me wrong, you can come back from it. But it’ll be hard. So use preventative measures and rock your first year GPA. And it’s really easy.
Make a schedule (whatever works best for you) and stick to it. I like to wake up a couple of hours before class, get breakfast and do my reading before class actually starts. Then I just do a couple study/classwork sessions with my friends every week. Easy. And I still have time to party, go to events, go to lunch with my bestie, attend club meetings, whatever!
3. Try to Go Shopping After You Get There
You really won’t know what you need until after you get on campus. Sure, get the basics before you move in, but try to wait for the rest. When I first got to college, I had a ton of jeans and just really impractical stuff for the August/September weather. And you don’t know what you’ll be doing or what it’ll actually be like until you get there. That goes for your room as well, buy the necessities and basics (and food), but wait to get anything else.
If you can’t wait, here’s my suggested list for both clothes and your room.
Lots of shorts (or jeans if you’re going somewhere cold)
Yoga Pants (don’t bring the ugly sweats, EVERYONE will see them)
Tanks and Tees
Dresses (both party and casual)
Tennis Shoes (you’ll wanna work out eventually)
Flats (please don’t wear heels to class)
Jackets (layering is the best policy in college)
For Your Room:
All the Basics (sheets, mini-fridge, microwave, tv, toiletries, etc.)
Kleenex (you’ll need it, for one reason or the other)
Storage (plastic drawers and bins work really well)
Curtains (you’ll get so sick of all that sun while you’re trying to sleep)
Closet System (Like Hanger Cascader or Huggable Hangers)
Decorations (work this out with your roomie)
4. Chill Out
Sit back and observe things for a while before you get too crazy. I understand if your natural instinct is to lead, but trust me. You will do much better if you just take a semester to establish yourself and get to know the environment around you. Don’t rush to make a name for yourself!
The reason I say this is because there’s this weird mentality that practically every freshman enters college with. It’s almost as if you think you need to make up for all the time you spent not being free. So you go crazy! You want to fit in, you may even want people to know your name. You want to hear about the best parties, be in on it all. But seriously, just calm down. You have 4-6 year to make this happen.
And honestly, it’s just not a good look! I only tell you this because you need to know
5. Be Really Nice to Your Roommate
If it is at all possible to have an awesome relationship with your roommate, DO IT. I’ve had a handful of bad roommate situations, and I’ve had a few good ones. Let me tell you that everything in life is so much better when you’re on great terms with your roommate.
Think about it, in college (unless you have an apartment), your room is like your house. Except, there’s no where else for you to go. There is one single room, and if you have a roommate, there is no where you can go to be alone. Yeah, there will be times your roommate isn’t there, but you don’t necessarily know when those times are.
So your best option is to be on super good terms with your roommate. That way, if you need to have someone over, or if you want to turn the lights off, or the air up, or put some music on, or one of the million other possible situations occurs; it’s not a problem.
My advice on how to make this happen is to be considerate, be generous, and don’t assume. Establish your habits and pet peeves when you first move in, then agree to accommodate each other as well as you can. If you can be generous with stuff like tissue and even food every once in a while. This makes for a positive environment! And perhaps most important of all, don’t assume!
Don’t assume that you can invite someone over, that you can eat their food, or that you can blare music in the mornings. Assumptions will piss your roommate off quicker than anything.
Also, this applies even if you’re rooming with your best friend. Actually, especially if you are! Keep your relationship tight and handle the roommate situation right
6. Don’t Fall for Any Upperclassmen BS
For real guys and girls (especially girls), please do not fall for anything that sneaky 20-somethings are trying to pull over on you. This particularly applies to older guys trying to get over on freshmen girls. I mean there are probably some pretty sketch older girls out there too, but I wouldn’t know about that.
So if a guy that’s older than you, or Greek, tries to start a situationship with you, please run. It just isn’t good news. Even if you don’t care what it is, your name will most likely get out there because he just doesn’t care about you. So just stick to other freshies until you get the hang of things.
7. But Do Try to Make an Older Friend or Two
With that being said, it is a good idea to find some trustworthy upperclassmen, of the same sex as you, to show you the ropes. Honestly, upperclassmen already know the deal and we can tell you stuff that you won’t figure out for another year! Plus, we find all the good parties. Oh and we have great study tips and stuff.
Relax! I know it’s easier said than done, but I promise everything will work out alright! Just take some deep breaths, use your brain more often than not, and you’ll have an awesome freshman year of college
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