What I Think All College Freshman Should Know

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It’s getting close to school starting again, and many first years are flocking to their orientations. Having worked with first year students for over 3 years now, I know quite a bit about the expectations and realities of first years. Here is what I see the most, and think everyone should know.

Find Someone To Help You

My school has already set up a program, which I work for, that helps first years transition to college by giving them a mentor. Not every school has this in place however, so it’s important to find someone who can help you through the years. This can be another student, a professor, or an adviser. Having a go-to person makes the whole experience so much easier.


Don’t Go Home On Weekends

This is certainly geared towards those who live on-campus and live close enough to home they can drive their every weekend. Just cause you can, doesn’t mean you should. I guarantee you will feel distant and disassociated with your school if you go home every weekend. It’s really hard to be away from home , but I guarantee it will benefit you more in the long run.

Don’t Expect To Know What You Want To Major In Right Away

You’re 18, you do not need to have your entire life figured out. Even if you think you know, you will probably change your mind. I technically changed my major twice in college, from undeclared to photography to my current special major. Be willing to explore and figure out what you’re really passionate and motivated to do.


Expect the Unexpected

I always, always tell people that you can plan for everything, and the one thing that actually happens is the thing you didn’t plan for. I did not expect to be dropped from all of my classes before my second semester of my first year because of tuition, but it happened. And even being trained as a mentor, one of our sayings is 1/3 planned, 2/3 unplanned, because you can’t anticipate everything.

 Any tips you have for first years? Let me know with a comment.


5 Comments Add yours

  1. MimiTa says:

    Thanks for the advice! I never knew that for college, stuff is 1/3 planned and 2/3 unplanned. Even though I am still one year away from attending college, I still found your advice helpful. I’ll probably take it into account as I write my college apps and as I mentally prepare for college 🙂

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    1. I’m glad you found this helpful!

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  2. These are all good things!! I wish I had someone for me freshman year!

    Corsica | kissesfromcarolina.com


  3. Corsica says:

    I think these are good, wish I had someone there for me that was older!!

    Corsica | kissesfromcarolina.com


  4. Yvanne says:

    Couldn’t agree more with everything you said! Everyone seemed to know what they wanted to major in and i thought something was wrong with me because i wasn’t so sure. I finally relaized that it’s okay not to know right away.

    Yvanne | https://composedcollected.blogspot.com


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