1. College is scarier than high school. You may have just graduated and been the most popular girl in school, but don’t go into college expecting the same attention. At the same time, don’t come in being the most nervous freshman in the world. Stay calm, cool, and above all, collected.
2. Partying isn’t the most important thing in life. Cool it on the endless $3 shots if you want to not only save money but also your GPA.
3. You don’t have to like your roommate, but you do have to respect them. You share the same space and the same bathroom. Don’t be the roommate from hell.
4. Don’t skip class. It only hurts you in the long run. Pop a couple of Advil after that long night out and embrace that 8am class. Not only will you feel satisfied going, you may have saved yourself from missing something important.
5. Listen to your professors, they’re where they are for a reason. Their experience is enough for you to give them your respect , regardless of whether or not they respect you. Tough love is what will get you through these four years.
6. Join clubs and organizations, whether they’re sports or leadership related. The more involved you are on campus, the easier it is to make connections that will benefit you in the long run.
7. The friends you make in your first semester are more likely than not going to be the friends that you tackle freshman year with. Make sure they’re the type of people that you want to be associated with by upperclassmen.
8. Don’t be afraid of the upperclassmen that try to approach you. There is nothing better than having someone who can show you the ropes and take you under their wing.
9. You may think that a 3am call to Dominos is a good idea, but think again. The Freshman Fifteen may not be true for everyone, but living on a diet of strictly cheesy bread and chicken fingers will have you feeling gross for days. Eat a couple of apples a week and drink lots of water. Just because you can eat all you want whenever doesn’t mean that it won’t affect you in the long run.
10. Embrace your freshman year and make it the best it can be. After this, you’ll be swamped with homework, internships, and extra-curriculars. Make sure that no matter what you do, you don’t regret a single bit. Make it a year that you’ll be proud to tell your parents, your children, and future employers about.