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Five Ways to Start Off Freshman Year Right

By Audrey Duffy


Last year you thought applying to college was the hardest thing ever, but now that you’ve arrived on campus you realize just how wrong you were. Being away from home can be intimidating, especially when you have countless responsibilities to take care of. But don’t worry, everyone is going through the same thing and if you follow the five tips below you’ll see how easy it truly is to eliminate stress and make the most of your four short years on campus!


1. Buy a cute planner that you will actually want to use

The last thing you need while adjusting to a new lifestyle is additional stress. Investing in a cute planner that you’ll actually be excited to use every day will ensure that you never miss a class, stay on top of assignments, and book some time for friends. Time management is key!


2. Have a daily ritual

Some days are going to be better than others, so add some consistency to your life by doing something you enjoy each day. For me that means writing in my journal before bed, but I know many people may prefer to go on a short walk, eat breakfast by themselves, tidy up their room, or even meditate. Whatever it is, set aside some time for yourself each day and be sure to think of the positives in your life!


3. Find something that reminds you of home

Moving 3,000 miles away from home was really hard for me. Something that made the transition easier was decorating my dorm with things that remind me of home. My best friend has a thing for plants, so I bought a succulent to remind me of her. Hanging up pictures of friends and family is another easy way to always have a piece of home with you. Never forget: no matter how many miles from home you are, the people you love are only just a FaceTime away!


4. Get involved ASAP

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If you’re still having trouble adjusting to college life (or even if you’re not), the most beneficial thing you can do is get involved. Getting involved on campus or in your community will help distract you from stress, find people you can truly connect with, and even help build your resume. I would strongly recommend looking into your school’s Her Campus chapter to achieve all three :)


5. Set new goals

Staying focused in college can be difficult, so it’s important to start off on the right foot. Spend some time thinking about why you’re here and what you want to get out of your college experience. After all, life is what you make of it and your new home holds boundless opportunities to grow and learn about yourself and the world around you. Sit down, think about your goals, and get inspired!


While transitioning to college can be a big change, following these tips will lift some of the strain and allow you to focus on your new adventure!


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Writers of the Boston University chapter of Her Campus.
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