5 Things I Wish I Knew as a Freshman


5 Things I Wish I Knew as a Freshman 

Alexis Anestopoulos


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Coming in as a freshman in college I had no idea what to expect, all I had to go off of was horror stories I heard from friends. To help some of you incoming freshman here are 5 things I wish I knew! 


  1. Use your professor as a resource 

In my opinion professors can be intimating, at least that’s what I thought coming into college. First off having to call them “professors” was enough to make me and many others nervous. But something I found out later that year is that professors love when you come to them for help, they want you to use their knowledge and succeed. Once I learned that I started going to their office hours, and that helped me tremendously to have that quick one on one time to ask the questions I needed. 



  1. It’s okay to be homesick and call your parents when you miss them 

When I first came to ISU I didn’t know how I was going to feel in regards to be homing sick and missing my family. I quickly learned that I missed my dogs my brother and my parents A LOT. Picking up the phone to call them or to facetime your dogs is okay and will most likely help you and your family as well. 



  1. Organize your time

In college it is very important to have something to help you remember all your assignments and meetings, if you don’t have some type of system you can and will easily forget things. I used and still use a planner, this helps me stay organized and on top of what of what I need to do and when I need to do it by. 



  1. Don’t be afraid to say NO to plans 

In college there is ALWAYS something to do whether it be a week night or a weekend, and because of that you need to be careful. It is super easy to make plans every day of the week and then forget about your school work, therefore if you know you have a big test coming up or an essay due it’s okay to no. No one will fault you for staying and studying, we are all in college we know that some weeks are way busier than others academically. 





  1. Don’t forget to have fun

Yes, school is very important but it’s also important for you to enjoy your time while you’re in college. The weekend is a great time to relax and take a day for yourself and have fun with your friends!

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College is a great time to grow and learn new things. Hopefully this article helped ease your mind about coming into college, don’t worry you will get the hang of everything very quickly!