Dear College Freshman… | 5 Things They Don’t Tell You At Orientation

stack of books on the dark wood background. 5 things they don't tell you at orientation.

Hey You!

At this point, I have sat through 2 orientations and it has taken up 4 days of my life in total. As I was sitting through orientation a second time, I began to think of things that I had learned throughout my freshman year of college that they weren’t mentioning at this orientation. So to prevent you the headache, I have compiled a list of the top 5 things that I learned and feel should be shared at every orientation.

#1: GET A GOOD BACKPACK

Don’t try to use a tote bag for a backpack when you are taking a full load. I did dual enrollment at a local community college, taking two classes a semester. I didn’t use a real backpack. I just used a bag that I had on hand and it got heavy lugging it up and down stairs, so I decided that, when I started college, I wanted a real backpack. It has been a lifesaver! I love having several compartments to put my books, surface and whatever else I may need.

#2: GET TO KNOW YOUR PROFESSOR

Getting to know your professors makes all the difference in the world. I tried to get to know all of my professors. They were always willing to answer my questions and at one point, when I was accidentally dropped from a class, the professor went above and beyond to put me back into the class because she knew that I was a good student and she knew me personally since I had made the effort to get to know her.

#3: DON’T BUY YOUR BOOKS

Rent them! There is absolutely no reason for you to pay the astronomical amounts to own the books when you are only using them for 16 weeks. There is also no reason for you to be stuck with said books once the semester is over. However, don’t confuse the books you rent with the books that you buy because there will be that one class where you have to buy the book. At the end of the semester when it is time to return your rentals, take your purchased books too and see if the bookstore will buy them back.

#4: MAKE AT LEAST ONE FRIEND IN EACH OF YOUR CLASSES

This person will be your lifeline for that particular class. If you miss a class or arrive late, you can grab notes from this person. You can study together for tests and complete homework assignments together. At first, this will seem so weird and awkward but it really isn’t. Look around your class, find someone and go say hi.

#5: SAVE EVERYTHING TO A FLASH DRIVE, NOT YOUR
COMPUTER

You never know when your computer may get lost, stolen or wet and then all of your work will be lost. So repeat after me, save everything to flash drive and nothing to the computer.

If you have already began your college career, is there anything that you wish they had told you at orientation? If so, leave it in a comment below!

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  1. I definitely second the save to a flash drive idea, but go one step further as well! Save it to google docs or dropbox, in addition to your computer and flashdrive. It might seem like overkill, but I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been five minutes from class starting with a dead laptop and lost USB. Having files online is a life saver!

    1. I hadn’t thought of that, but you are totally right! Dead laptops are such a pain, ha

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