10 Things I Wish I Knew Before My Freshmen Year of College

Freshmen year of college can be overwhelming. You’re moving away from home for the first time, making new friends, and on top of that, you are taking challenging courses preparing you for your major.

Many students look back at their freshmen year and wish they would have done things differently or knew certain things heading into their freshmen year.

  1. You can be anyone you want to be. Even yourself.                                        

    People change. It is OK if you want to change and try something else out. College is a time to experiment and try new things. With that said, don’t be afraid to be yourself. There will be plenty of people in college that will like you for who you are, so be yourself.

  1. These are the years where you really find out your likes and interests. Don’t stop exploring/learning/creating.                                                                

    This goes back to the idea of experimenting and trying out new things. Try new things, take a class that interests you, or join a club. Keep an open mind about everything – you can’t knock anything until you try it at least once.

  1. If you’re into the bar scene, you need a fake ID.    

    As a college freshman, you probably won’t be of age to get into the bars. If your school has a big bar scene, and you want to go out to the bars, consider getting a fake ID. This will make your life a lot easier if you want to hit the bars on the weekends.

  1. You can meet your best friends for life in college.

    Ask your parents, I’m sure they will say the same thing. You are living within a couple blocks of all your friends in college, for four years – naturally, you will grow close with these people. Cherish these friendships.

  1. You might think you’re losing your mind; But everyone else is doing the same.

    You may be feeling overwhelmed because of tests, homework, and all the activities you have. You’re not the only one! Literally every other student feels the same way at some point their freshmen year. Trust me, you’re not alone!

  1. Don’t be afraid to stay in and study. Grades ARE important, after all.

    There will always be temptation to do anything but study. Friends will want to hangout, workout, or go out. It is OK to tell them NO. Sometimes you just have to buckle down and study. It sucks at the time, but you will be thankful you studied when the test comes around.

  1. Join a club, team, or Greek Life. Everyone could use a little help making friends.

    Look into clubs that your school offers before getting on campus to see if anything catches your eye. Greek Life is another great option to meet new people and make memories that will last a lifetime.

  1. Long distance relationships. Not easy.

    The most important thing about college is finding out who you truly are. Being in a long-distance relationship can either enhance or hinder your ability to find out. If you make it work, great! If you struggle with dating someone with constant temptations around you then it is better to cut it off so nobody gets hurt. Like they say, there are plenty of people out there.

  1. Enjoy every moment because these are the best days of your life.

    College is the only time where your only responsibility is to do well in school. Make sure you enjoy every moment of college, you will miss it when you graduate. College can be stressful at times, but try to cherish every moment.

  1. Study during the day, party at night.

    Get you work done when you have the chance to. Don’t put your work off until the last minute – at the last minute you will want to go out with friends and won’t be able to. Have good time management, get your work done, and have fun.

 

 

 

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