Common Freshman Mistakes (And How To Avoid Them)

Everyone can make mistakes in college, especially freshmen living in dorms for their first time.  Whether forgetting my keys after closing my dorm room and locking myself out or taking the wrong books to class, there is always room for error.  Although some mistakes are more common than others, here are some helpful tips to keep you on track freshman year:

This should NOT be your best friend freshman year.

Mistake #1: Hiding in your dorm. Be active! Make friends.  Join clubs.  Freshman year is the time to make most of your friends.  Everyone one is new to campus, so branch out and connect with as many people as possible.  The worst decision you can make is sitting in your room watching TV.

Mistake #2: Poor laundry methods. Try to remove all items from your pockets before putting your clothes into the washing machine or dryer.  Pens are one of the worst possible things to have in your clothes since they can burst and stain your clothes. Read the labels on your clothes and follow any instructions.


Oops…class started at 3:30.

Mistake #3: Being late/not attending class. It’s easy to slack, especially in large lecture halls. However, by skipping class you are NOT doing yourself any favors. Show up and show up on time. No excuses. Look over the campus map to familiarize yourself with your academic buildings before classes start (check out our Back to School Survival Guide for help).  If you have to take a bus, map those out as well!

Mistake #4: Not finding a balance. Believe it or not, it is very important to socialize during freshman year. However, do not bail on your academic duties in order to socialize. Master the art of balancing.


Written By Guest Blogger, Matt Goldberg


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