Everyone’s freshman year of college is different, but there are certain helpful hints to know before going in. I’m here to bring you a list of things that I wish I had known going into my first year. Check out my “words of wisdom”:
#1: The library isn’t the only place to study. At my school, I had more luck studying in the Academic Building. They have more computers and you can often have an entire classroom to yourself. It’s not about where everyone else goes, it’s finding the best study spot for YOU.
#2: Compromise is key. Share what you can with your roommate. This will mean less to buy and less to pack. We shared the microwave, TV, refrigerator, Keurig, and our food! We outlined a set of boundaries and were able to make it work all year.
#3. Communication is ALSO key. You don’t have to be best friends with your roommate – but you do have to get along. My roommate and I got along perfectly, but we didn’t hang out 24/7. We made sure we were on the same page about our living situation.
#4. Take advantage of everything going on on campus. Be active. You’ll have more fun, make new friends, and be less homesick.
#5. Put a command hook by the door to hang your keys up! If it weren’t for this, my roommate would have been locked out many times!
#6. Consolidate. Only bring fall clothes and get your winter ones when you go home for Thanksgiving or fall break (if you have one). As it gets colder, bring home clothes you won’t need (like shorts, or sandals).
#7. Just because many cafeterias are buffet style, it doesn’t mean you need to eat like you’re going into hibernation. Try new things and balance your meals. You’ll be glad when you avoid the Freshman 15.
#8. Always know where your flip-flops and jacket are – you never know when you’ll have a 1AM fire drill. No one wants to stand outside cold and barefoot.
#9. Pack smart. Use suitcases and then quickly unload when your parents drop you off. Send them home with the suitcases and you won’t have to worry about finding space for them!
#10. Keep healthy snacks in your room… fruit, granola, cheese, etc. This way you won’t be tempted to binge on junk.
#11. The friends you make at the beginning of freshman year might not be your best friends at the end. THIS IS OKAY! Luckily, my best friend was my first friend I met at college but I have made new ones along the way! College is about meeting new people and having new experiences.
#12. Decorate and make your room your own! After all, it is your home for the next ten months!
#13. Lastly…ENJOY! This is your education and your time! Keep yourself focused on school, but have some fun along the way.
Do you have any tips for the new freshman? Comment below!
Written by Guest Blogger, Maria Cafferata