SMALL THINGS YOU CAN DO TO SURVIVE YOUR FRESHMAN YEAR OF COLLEGE

  1. Choose strategic seating
    I'm not saying that you need to be front and center, but make sure that you're both giving yourself the most ideal learning opportunity and showing the prof you're attentive. My rule of thumb is that I can either sit in the front on the side or I can sit more toward the middle/back in the center section of the auditorium.
  2. Call (and Snapchat?) your parents
    This one really doesn't need an explanation... As a baseline, my family has a routine of talking on the phone at least every Sunday. Also, as dorky as it sounds, I snapchat my parents almost daily to give them brief updates on what's going on with me. It's a convenient/time efficient way to show that I'm thinking about them while also letting them into my life even though I'm 2,500 miles away.
  3. Take notes by hand
    This has an abundance of benefits. You won't be tempted to scroll Facebook or online shop, and you'll prove to your professor that you really are paying attention.
  4. Know your habits, and form your schedule accordingly
    If you can handle mornings, then schedule those 8 AMs and get your classes over with for the day. If you're a night person, don't set yourself up for failure but registering for early classes. If you go out on Thursdays, then avoid classes on Fridays. Know yourself, and what you can best handle with your lifestyle and sleep habits.
  5. Eat something before going out
    If you have dinner at 6, your stomach is going to be completely empty near 10. Grab a snack before heading off to the pregame to make sure that you stay healthy and safe throughout the night.
  6. Buy extra socks and underwear
    A lot of people I know (myself included) stocked up on socks/undies when they went home over break. Having more of the essentials will help you go an extra couple of days without having to wash clothes. Laundry forces you to stay at your dorm for a couple hours, and it costs you money. If you can stretch your wardrobe any amount (WITHIN REASON), go for it.
  7. And last but not least....
  8. Ask for help
    You're going to hear this a million and a half times, but if you need help, ask for it. There are all sorts of resources for students provided by the university. Ask your professors, TAs, RAs, Google, your academic advisor- they should all help you navigate to what you need.