Advice for Incoming College Freshmen
just my two cents
- •Literally everyone you meet will ask three questions. What's your name? What's your major? Where are you from?This is as common as "how are you?" It's not the time to launch into a panicked speech about your indecision and stress. If you don't know your major, just say "undeclared" or literally choose anything you're interested in. Same goes for where you're from. If it's an obscure town, just say the state as well. Or only the state.
- •Bring some pictures from home (even if you don't want to hang them up) but not too many. Take pictures of places you go and people you meet. Add them to the pictures from home. This helps with homesickness.But pretty much everyone gets homesick so it is okay to feel that way.
- •Now is the time to quit personality traits cold turkey.At home, if you suddenly became more outgoing and social (for example), people would notice (not necessarily bad but whatever). When you arrive at college, you can change things you don't like about yourself and that will be the first impression people have of you! Disclaimer: don't be super fake. there's a difference between improving yourself and being disloyal to who you really are.
- •Roommates can be a pain in the butt. Don't be the one who starts the drama.Just shut up and buy the toilet paper and dish soap. If you need to complain about one of your roommates, DO NOT COMPLAIN TO ANOTHER ROOMMATE. I cannot emphasize this enough. Maybe I will make a whole list about getting along with roommates.
- •Eat breakfast. Even if it's unhealthy food. Just eat something before you start the day.This makes a world of difference.
- •Even if you have a brand new laptop for college, don't use it to take notes in class unless you are 100% sure you won't get distracted.I'm a firm believer that you retain information better when you write it by hand. Plus, typing up your handwritten notes after class is an excellent way to review them that doesn't even feel like studying. PS: get a Chromebook. they're the best.
- •Never leave home without headphones.Ever.
- •Don't be pressured into things you know will make you unhappy.This can apply to something as simple as staying up too late when you're already sleep deprived to something more serious like illegal drugs.Take care of yourself.
- •But on the other hand...don't be afraid to step outside of your comfort zone.Cliché but true and important.
- •Most importantly, don't get discouraged if you don't have your entire life mapped out.Up to the point of starting college, there has most likely always been a clear next step for you. Junior high, high school, college. There's a whole world open to you now. Don't let it scare you. It's exciting! Live one day at a time (except during finals. plan ahead for finals.)