25 Tips to Surviving Freshman Year of College

10.26.2016
Thanks to livecareer.com for providing the information in this post.

Surviving in college can sound like a very hard thing to do, and let me tell you, as someone whose in college... IT IS. You just have to be prepared and know what you're getting yourself into. I know there are many of you that will be starting your freshman year of college soon and I'm here to help.


Surviving College.. The Break Down

1) Make sure you go to all orientations!
I know it can be a headache going to all these different colleges and doing tours, etc. It's okay! The faster you learn your way around your school's campus, (once you've decided where you're going) things will get much easier.

2) Get to know your roommate & suite mates
The people you live with most of whom are going through similar experiences and trials as you, are your main safety. Not just for this one year but for all throughout college. You may end up changing or getting a new roommate by the end of the first semester or you could stay for all four years. Just take the time to get to know all your first-year students.

3) Get Organized!
Now I seriously can't stress this one enough. Honestly, this should be the first thing to worry about because after a while things will start to pile up. In high school teachers tend to lead you through due dates and homework. Professors will help you a little on this but you're mainly on your own as far as remember dates and deadlines.

4) Find the ideal place for you to study
This can be your dorm room or a cozy corner in the library, but I think it's always great when you have a specific place for study time. Ir also helps to avoid as many distractions as possible.

6) Become a pro on course requirements and due dates
Professors spend tons of hours preparing course syllabus and calendars so that you will know exactly what is expected of you, and when. One of the lamest excuses a student could use is "I didn't know it was due today" because I'm pretty sure it has been posted and talked about everywhere.

7) Meet with your professors
There are really only positives to vising your professor outside of the classroom. This will really come in to play when you need some extra help later on in the semester. Professors schedule their office hours for the sole purpose of meeting with students-take advantage of that time.

8) Seek a balance
College life is a mixture of social and academic happenings. Don't tip the balance to far on either side. You want to be able to study hard, so you can play hard later.

9)  Get to know your academic adviser
This is the person who will help you with course conflicts, adding or dropping courses, schedule of classes for future semesters, deciding on majors and minors. This person, male/female is a key resource for you and should be the person you turn to with any academic issues or conflicts. Don't be afraid of requesting another adviser if you don't like the one you were assigned.

10) Get involved on campus
A big problem for a lot of new students is that they get a combination of homesickness and a feeling of not quite belonging. A solution to that would be to consider joining a select group. Now be careful and don't go overboard, and join every association and club. You will drain yourself and you wont have time for work. Getting involved is a great way to make friends, learn new skills, and feel more connected to your school.

11) Strive for good grades
This one is pretty obvious. While good grades may not have come naturally to you in high school, you will have to learn them in college. That means setting some goals for yourself and then making sure you work as hard as you can to achieve those goals.

12) Take advantage of the study resources on campus
Just about all colleges have learning labs and tutors available. If you're having some troubles, these resources are another tool available to you. Another great tool would be to form study groups.

13) Make time for you
Be sure you set aside some time and activities that help you relax and take the stress out of your day or week. Whether it's enlisting yoga techniques,watching your favorite television shows, or writing in a journal, be good to yourself.

15) Take responsibility for yourself and your actions
Don't look to place the blame on others for your mistakes; own up to them and move on. Being an adult means taking responsibility for everything that happens to you.

16) Make connections with students in your classes
Try making a new friend in every one of your classes the first week of school. It will help expand your network of friends and will be a crucial part when you miss classes, they can fill you in and kep you updated.

17) Find the Career Services Office
Regardless of whether you are entering college as undeclared or have your entire life made up, seek out the wonderful professionals in your college's career services office and get started on planning, preparing, and acting on your future.

18) Don't procrastinate; prioritize your life
It may have been easy in high school to wait until the last minute to complete an assignment and still get a good grade, but that kind of stuff will definitely not work for you in college. Give yourself deadlines and stick to them.

19) Stay healthy/Eat Right
A lot of problems first-year students face can be traced back to illness that kept them away from classes for an extended period of time that led to a downward spiraling effect. Get enough sleep, take your vitamins, and eat right. If you haven't heard the jokes about college food you will soon. The "freshmen 15" is a real thing by the way. It always happens. You may be tempted to go for those extra fries or cookies. Stay healthy and avoid the dreaded extra 15 pounds by sticking to a balanced diet.

20)Learn to cope with being away from home
It's only natural that there will be times when you miss your family, even if you were one of those kids who couldn't wait to get away. Find a way to deal with those feelings, such as making a phone call or sending a message home every once in a while.

21) Stay on campus as much as possible
Whether it's homesickness, a job, or someone from home, try not to leave campus to soon or too often. The more time you spend on getting to know your campus and your new friends,the more you'll feel at home at school. Why not take advantage of all the cultural and social events that happen on campus.

22) Seek professional help when you need it
Most colleges have health and counseling centers. If you're sick or feeling isolated or depressed, take advantage of the may services these offices provide to the students. You don't have to face all the issues by yourself.

23) Keep track of your money
If you've never had to create a budget, now is the time to do so. (Seriously) Find ways to stretch your money and as best you can avoid the credit card solicitations you'll soon be receiving. The average credit card debt of college graduates is staggering.

24)Don't cut corners
College is all about learning. If you procrastinate and cram, you may still do well on tests, but you'll learn very little. Even worse don't cheat on papers and tests.

25) Be prepared to feel overwhelmed
There's a lot going in your life right now. Expect to have moments where it seems a bit too much. As a student to another student be prepared to feel unprepared. The trick is knowing  that you're not the only one feeling this way.

I hope this post helps someone out as they go through there years in college. If I help one person I have done my job. Feel free to leave a comment if you have any further tips or if I helped you out!


1 comment:

  1. These are great tips! I wish I had these when I was in college! XO, Ellese

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