Advice for Upcoming Freshmen - Part 2

Going to college is overwhelming. For the most part, you'll be completely on your own. You'll be moving away from home, put into a room with someone you don't know, and be responsible for everything that you do. Around this time two years ago, I had just committed to IUP. I was excited but also nervous to start a new chapter of my life. I started researching online about people's experience with college and looking up tips and advice for freshmen. So, to help the upcoming freshmen, here's my advice on college, Part 2! (If you haven't already, check out Part 1)


11. Go to class

This one may seem obvious, but a lot of professors take attendance and will give you points just for showing up. If you don’t go to class, losing those points can really hurt your grade.

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12. Don’t schedule 8 am classes

You may think it’ll be easy to wake up for early classes since you did it in high school, but it’s a lot harder once you get to college. If you can, schedule your classes for a little later, maybe 9 or 10. This way, you can sleep in and still have a lot of your day left.

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13. Talk with your professors and advisors

They should be your go-to people for advice on classes and questions about scheduling. You’ll probably meet with your advisors once a semester, but other than that, it’s up to you to reach out to them.

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14. Workout as much as possible

It’s hard to get a workout in when you’re loaded down with assignments and meetings, but you’ll feel so much healthier if you do. Even if it’s just a quick 20 minute workout, it’s better than nothing.

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15. Don’t worry if you haven’t picked a major yet

I was undecided most of my first year. I was worried that my whole year was going to waste since I wasn’t taking any classes for a major. However, being undecided allowed me to take most of my liberal studies and explore different classes. As a sophomore, I declared a major and wasn’t behind at all. If you don’t choose a major right away, don’t worry. It’ll all work out in the end.

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16. Leave campus every once in awhile

When you stay on campus for too long, it’s easy to forget what the outside world is like. Try to get off campus every so often, whether it’s to visit family or just to explore a nearby town.

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17. Get a job

I know what you’re thinking. How can I balance school, clubs, exercise, my social life, my sleep schedule, and have a job? Well, it’s not as hard as it sounds. You should probably dedicate the first semester of your first year to becoming familiar with college life. Once you become adjusted, you should start looking for a part-time job. If possible, try to get a work-study job on campus. You’ll be able to work a couple hours a week, make some money, and sometimes you can even do your homework at work.

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18. If you’re struggling, find help

Whether it’s academically or mentally, there are always people willing to help you. Go to a counselor or talk with your family and friends. They will be able to give you advice and guide you in the right direction. It doesn’t hurt to ask for help.

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19. Don’t procrastinate

It’s definitely easier said than done, but it’ll cause less stress in the long run. Try not to do assignments a couple hours before they’re due. You never know when something might come up or your computer decides to crash or update for two hours.

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20. Enjoy it

College may seem stressful now, but try to enjoy it while it lasts. It’ll be over before you know it!

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