I’ve written a couple of posts where I give some tips to upcoming college freshmen. You can find one of them HERE. Below are eight more tips for college freshmen. These are a little more honest and “real” than the other tips.
You will grow apart from some of your high school friends
It’s a part of life. You will grow apart from some of your high school friends. People mature and do different things with their lives. It happens to all of us.
You will make new lifelong friends
On a brighter note, you will make new lifelong friends. 90% of my friends are people that I met in college. These are some very stand-up folks. I wouldn’t trade them for anything in the world.
Always have some condoms with you
For most people college is the first time that they have been away from home for an extended amount of time. Some may look at it like they are young, wild and free and can do whatever they want. Whether you’re that type or not, please make sure you have condoms with you. STD’s are very real. So are unplanned pregnancies. You don’t want to mess up yours or someone else’s life by not using protection.
There is a good chance that your long distance relationship won’t last
If you’re a freshman in a long distance relationship (LDR) I’m sorry to tell you that it probably won’t work. At 18 or 19 years old you may think that he or she is the one, but I highly doubt it. You’re still growing mentally and emotionally as a person. What you might have liked in high school you might like in a year or two. Also, temptation is very real.
Don’t cheat on your assignments
Study enough for your classes so that you don’t have to cheat. If you get caught cheating the chance for you to get expelled from college is a lot higher than it was in high school. I would never want to be in a situation where I had to call home and let my mother know that I was expelled for cheating. She would have killed me.
If you go to school in a different city or state, there is no reason to go home every weekend
Part of the college experience is living away from home and growing out of your comfort zone. How can you expect to do that if you go home EVERY weekend? When I was in school, I probably went back 3-4 times a semester if that. I enjoyed living on my own. I know at first it can be difficult to be away from your family, but you will get used to it.
Join an organization
Joining an organization gives you things to do. It also allows you to meet new people. I’m pretty sure if you join an organization you wouldn’t want to go home every weekend 🙂 . Check with your university to see what organizations are available for freshmen to join.
Attend your school’s sporting events
Every school doesn’t have the best sports teams, but you should go to some of the games anyway. They are usually fun and FREE. During football season you get to see the bands perform at halftime. That alone is one of the reasons you should go. The games also give you something to do when you are not in class.
There you have it. Those were eight more tips for college freshmen. What other tips do you think are out there? Is there anything on this list that you disagree with? I would love to read your comment below.
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