7 Tips for College Freshmen

7 Tips for College FreshmenCollege classes will be starting soon. If you are a college freshman, I know that you are excited and ready to go. I can’t believe it’s been 11 years since I was a college freshman. As a new freshman, I know that you are ready to get to college. Here are a few tips to help you out for those first couple of weeks.

Talk to your roommates

Communication in any situation is always key. Having an open line of communication with your roommates is something that must be done. Make sure you get to know your roommates and establish rules if you need to. Things will be so much better if you do that. An example of a rule that you may want to have is a cleaning schedule for the bathroom or the kitchen. You’re living with someone that you are probably just meeting for the first time. You want to make sure that you can talk to each other.

Learn your way around campus

College campuses can be huge depending on what school you go to. It’s easy to get lost if you’re not careful. Take some time that first week to learn your way around your campus. Important places that you should locate are the library, the cafeteria, the financial aid office, the gym and the locations of your classes.

Get your textbooks

The next thing that you should do it talk with your professors to see what textbooks you will need for your classes. Your professor may not require you to purchase the textbook for your class. They also may have you purchase an older model. It’s good to be proactive, but if you buy your books and you don’t need them, you will have wasted your money. Of course, you can sell them, but why would you want to go to the trouble.

Meet new people

I met most of my friends when I was in college. Get out there and meet some folks. Talk to people that stay in your dorm. Mingle with your classmates before and after classes. College is the best time of your life. Enjoy that time with new people. They will become your friends for life.

Know your RA

An RA is a resident assistant. Their job is to make sure that you are following the rules of the dorm. They also help with institutional questions as well. They are there to help you. Most of my RA’s were cool in college. They gave me heads up whenever there were room searches or things of that nature.

Keep in contact with your Peer Counselor (PC)

During orientation some universities have students called peer counselors show the students around and answer questions.  Keep in contact with them. They can help your first couple of months in college go a lot smoother. They can be like mentors to you during your first year in college.

Schedule some study time

There will be a lot of things going on the first few weeks. Make sure you take some time to study for your classes. Even the smartest student will have to take some time to study. You don’t want to be that student who gets all F’s their first semester. Unfortunately, I have seen that happen. Don’t let that be you.

College is a great time in your life. You want to make sure that you start it off the right way. These seven tips will help you out.

Do you have any other tips for college freshmen?


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  1. Great and timely advise for those entering college. I’m going to share this link with my college bound nieces and nephews!

  2. Yes, I was surprised at how much I learned by just taking the tour of the campus. I wish I did that when I first started school but I had the attitude of “I’ll figure it out” And yes, schedule study and be sure your friends know or that you can find a place (like I did in the library) that your friends can’t find you during study time.
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  3. Great tips Jason. I might also suggest looking at what clubs/groups/associations are available in your areas of interest. That way you can find out when they are holding events and plan your schedule accordingly.
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  4. College is such a wonderful and memorable experience for young adults. It is so important to take advantage of the whole experience. These are great tips for incoming freshman. 🙂
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  5. I wish that these tips had been available back when I was starting university…or that I had listened to them. 🙂
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