If Only I Knew When I was a Freshman
So here you are, starting off your first year of college; finally some independence. It’ll be up to you when determining the time you want to wake up, eat, do your homework, etc. This is college, and no one is going to force you to do anything. Although, a little bit of advice couldn’t hurt. There are a couple of things I wish I would’ve known entering my freshman year of college, so here’s a little piece of advice:
- Pack for the Seasons: Try not to pack more than you actually need. Being a freshman, chances are that the room size is pretty limited. In order to keep organization, pack according to seasons. Don’t worry, I get it, living in Ohio you never know what season you’re going to get, but it’s always best to try to pack accordingly.
- Roommates = Best Friends?: Your roommate does not have to be your best friend. If you find yourself in a situation where you don’t get along with your roommate, don’t worry, it doesn’t mean that you’re a bad social person. Everybody is different. Don’t freak out and think you won’t be able to make friends all year round, because you will. Keep branching out and sooner or later you’ll find the right crowd for you.
- Time management: Time management is huge when it comes to college. College isn’t like high school where you have a full day of classes from 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. Some of your college classes may take only three hours out of your day and homework will not be due for another two days. The first couple of weeks may seem like a breeze, but make sure to keep up with school work. Use your free time wisely and keep in mind the main reason why you’re at college – to study!
- Never Change Who You Are: My main piece of advice for freshmen entering college is to never change who you are. Don’t get too caught up in things that would be totally out of character for you. Stay true to yourself. You’ll cross paths with people’s actions that don’t agree with you and peer pressure will test you every now and then. But as long as you remember who you are, and relate back to that internal compass, you’ll be just fine.
There ya have it; have fun with it! No need to make college harder than it has to be. These could be the best four years of your life, so enjoy it while it lasts.