Dear College Freshman… | 6 Things I Learned from Freshman Year

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Dear College Freshman,

You are embarking on the biggest adventure of your life up to this point. You’re probably feeling overwhelmed and excited. Terrified, yet ecstatic. It will be stressful, but it will be the best thing ever! So while you decide what dorm decor you need and what your major will be, I am going to spend the next month giving you my best advice for surviving freshman year. I am also going to be linking up with some other wonderful bloggers to provide you with their best advice too! Today, I want to tell you about some things that I learned from my freshman year.

#1: IT’S A-OKAY TO CHANGE YOUR MAJOR ONCE, TWICE, THREE TIMES EVEN.

Find what makes you happy. You may find it the first week of freshman year or the last week. I have changed my major 3 times since I started applying to college and my minor has changed once so far. That’s absolutely okay. Keep fine-tuning until you find the perfect fit for you.

#2: GET A PLANNER AND USE IT.

I cannot stress this enough. If you don’t have a planner, get one. If you have a planner, use it. This will make your life so much easier.

#3:MICROMANAGING YOUR TIME WILL BE HARD, BUT REWARDING.

I like to think that I am a very organized person. With that being said, this was a hard skill to learn and I am still not the best at it. To succeed in college, you have to know how to manage your time and then manage it some more. Use your planner to map out homework, tests, etc and then map out times for fun stuff. Doing this will make college coursework less stressful. You will feel at times that you are drowning in homework, but mapping everything out will help you to feel in control and make getting things done less stressful. It will also keep you on track to get things done and turned in on time.

#4: GO TO THE EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES ON CAMPUS.

One thing that I regret about freshman year is not being more involved on campus. You don’t have to go to them all, but try to go to some of the extracurricular activities on campus that the college plans for the students. This will help you to meet new people and give you a break from studying for that exam next week.

#5: GIVE YOURSELF PLENTY OF TIME TO GET TO CLASS AND PARK.

Parking is a pain, especially when you have to park nowhere near your building. So even though you may be able to get to campus in 10 minutes, you really need to give yourself 30 minutes to get to class because by the time you get there and park, you still have to walk to your building which could take another 5-10.

#6: STRESSING ABOUT NEXT WEEK’S EXAM WON’T CHANGE ITS OUTCOME.

I have a tendency to work myself up about things, that don’t end up being that bad. I just have to remind myself to not stress out over tests and homework, because that isn’t doing anything but hindering me from putting my best work forward. Study, study, and then study some more. Go in and take that test or hand in that homework, knowing that you put your best effort into it.

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  1. Emma says: Reply

    Wish I had read this before I started college – these are great tips that as an academic advisor I’m always trying to reinforce in my students. Thanks for sharing!

  2. These are all great tips and very useful for my future! I can’t stress enough either on how a planner is a must. Agendas have definietly changed my life for the better.

    Mikayla | A Seersucker State of Mind.

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