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Advice for College Freshmen

by Alexandria R L Weihrich 3 years ago in college
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The Month Rule

Almost all of my friends who have gone away more than two hours from home all start off feeling like they should not be in college. If you are feeling homesick, you might start to think you should not have gone off to college, but you shouldn't worry so much—everyone is feeling the same way. Everyone is anxious about being in a new place, so you just have to give yourself a month to feel comfortable in your new home. You have to give yourself to adjust to the new environment, schedule, and friends.

Advisors Are Helpful!

You may start to question why you are taking that one class, or which classes to next semester. If you need help seeing what direction to take your majors and minors, they have all the answers! You do not want to have to stress out about your college plans, as a freshman you already have so much to stress about, so make sure they help give you an idea of what you need to do.

Use Your Resources

Every college should have numerous offices for use of all students with different intentions. If they have a counseling office, use that at your leisure, because you want to feel mentally and emotionally well for college and just in general. Any academic office will help you with any questions. Even if you think it's a dumb question, ask it! There are no stupid questions, only curious people, and their job is to help you navigate your college career, so do not take them for granted. Financial aid is also a place to be if you have no idea what your financial plan for college is; never be in the dark about your own future.

Time Management

Everyone believes that time management is only for figuring out how to fit so many credit hours, a social life, homework, and possibly a job into your life. This is true, but time management is also about you! Make sure you give yourself time to de-stress and eat and just take care of yourself. College is as good as you make it, so if you're sleeping too much or too little, you may want to rethink your sleeping schedule. I've learned that having a set schedule for everything helped me my first year, because I wanted to make sure I was eating. The most important thing is that you have to make sure you are on top everything that you need to do, so plan accordingly.

Join a Club!

Joining a club is good not only for your resume, but your social and academic lives as well. Students feel better connected to their school when they're on a team or part of a club and make more friends. Personally, I made most of my friends my first year from one of the groups I joined, plus the clubs I was a part of were a nice balance to work and play. It keeps you busy and active on campus, which no one ever complains about. Whether it be something that goes with your major, or if it's just for leisure, clubs are always helpful in your college career.

Make Friends in Your Major

Making friends or acquaintances in your classes is very beneficial, because then you know someone in the class because then you can always have someone to go over notes with, study with, or ask for help on the homework. Plus, if you have a friend in the same major, mapping out your schedule for the following semesters will be easier, whether you take the same path or not, just to have someone to bounce ideas off of is nice.

Know Your Professors

If the class is a large lecture, you professor most likely will never learn your name or face unless you go to them personally. Whether you go up to them after class and introduce yourself or go to their office and talk to them. Utilize office hours as well! If you need help with an assignment, are having trouble in class, need something clarified, or just want to talk to your professor; they will be more than willing to talk to you during their free time if you visit their office.

Be You!

College is a time in which you learn who you are and what path you will taking the rest of your life. Some days you might think about yourself and realize how much you've changed since high school, but know that it is for the better! This is the time to get to know the real you, you finally have the freedom to live the lifestyle you've always wanted. If that means you give yourself a whole new makeover, or pick a whole new career path, then that's what you need to do.

Explore all the options and keep an open mind. Remember, it's your time to shine and love yourself.

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