My Advice for College Freshmen

Being a freshman in college is intimidating, and it can be quite easy to forget about taking advantage of the opportunities that are given on campus. Now that my bachelor’s degree is within reach, I cannot believe how quickly my academic career flew by! If you're still getting used to your college routine, consider the following tips that I’ve learned to maximize success as a student.

Join Clubs Early in Your College Career Brooke Cagle via Unsplash

Don’t wait until your last year of school to join the clubs that interest you! I regret not joining the two clubs that I’m currently a member of sooner.

Take General Education Classes Seriously

When your university forces you to take classes that aren’t in your major, it’s easy to get bored of the subjects and procrastinate. Just remember that the first classes that you take in college are the beginning base of your GPA, and it’s challenging to increase your average once it’s low, so work hard early on!

Don’t Be Afraid to Get to Know Your Peers

Brooke Cagle via Unsplash Developing relationships with other students, especially in your major classes, is a great way to make college more enjoyable. Even if you don’t get together in your personal lives, it is reassuring to have connections and you’ll appreciate your classes more than before.

Seek Help from Your Professors

Take advantage of office hours to get help on coursework and create connections with your professors. They can link you with professionals in your desired field, introduce you to new clubs, and you never know when you’ll need a meaningful recommendation letter.

Try University Workout Classes

Workout partner Photo by Andrea Piacquadio from Pexels College students often forget the importance of exercise because of their busy schedules. Taking an hour out of your day, 2-3 times per week, is important for your physical and mental health, and it’s a great way to meet new people.

Explore the Majors You’re Interested In

Checking out the classes, professors, and potential careers that a major can lead you to will save you valuable time and money.

Some of these tips may seem obvious, but time in college truly flies by. One minute you’re a freshman hauling moving boxes into your new home, and the next you’re finishing up the last of your last major classes and are getting ready to apply for graduation. Remember to work hard and have fun!