What Every Freshman Should Know
As my time as an undergraduate college student is coming to an end, there are so many things I wish my freshman self-knew before embarking on my college journey. Though my trials and tribulations have made for some unforgettable memories, I hope to save some freshman from the not-so-fun lessons I had to learn along the way.
- Your first choice may not always be the best choice: As a transfer student, this is by for one of the toughest lessons I had to learn. Do as much research as possible before deciding on your home for the next 4 years.
- Get out of your comfort zone: the greatest memories I have had so far have come from experiences where I have done something I never thought I’d do.
- Join a sorority or fraternity or some type of organization: Although I always knew that I would join a sorority in college, never in my wildest dreams could image the positive impact it would have in my life. Greek life may not be for everyone, but there are so many other opportunities to get involved.
- Join a professional organization related to your major: Professional organizations can give you amazing networking opportunities, and can also connect you with fellow students in your same field.
- Do not take 8 am classes: They are absolutely nothing like waking up for high school.
- You don’t have to go to every party you’re invited to: Though you may experience some serious FOMO (fear of missing out), rest assured that every party is the same and you can never get those precious hours of sleep back.
- Set the due date for your assignments as the date before it’s actually due: this is a foolproof way to outsmart the serial procrastinator in all of us.
- Your planner is your best friend: pick a planner that aligns with your lifestyle and use it for everything! You can even get a free planner in the student center.
- Explore the city with your friends: Even if you attend college close to home, there are so many things the city offers. You can make new memories in old places with the right friends.
- It’s okay to ask for help: No one expects you to have it all together in your early 20’s