8 More Tips For College Freshmen

8 More Tips For College FreshmenI’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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  1. One of the best points is Part of the college experience is living away from home and growing out of your comfort zone. It is a time grow without your parents and hometown friends.
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  2. Lemme add a couple I wish I’d known before stepping into college:-
    a) Please don’t drop out once you embark on the journey. Take a few units at a time if you have to but complete your degree.
    b) Maintain a college budget. Its best you start leanring how to manage money from the get go.
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  3. I would add get an on-campus job. I had a lot of friends who didn’t go to the same college as me (I lived in a city with a number of schools in close proximity) and I was dating my now-wife who attended another school. Getting an on-campus job is a great way to meet people and to be on campus more, even if you have lots of friends and other things going on off-campus. It also was one of the easiest/best jobs I ever had. Do it!
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  4. Great points Jason…especially the part about going home every weekend. I’ve seen kids fail because they never did make it a mission to acclimate to the new surroundings.
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    • Ditto. I personally know a few people who didn’t last a whole school year because they kept going back home. They eventually said forget and didn’t come back after spring break.

  5. These are very important tips you have included here. I love the recommendation you make about condoms. Too many of our young brothers and sisters are going to college and losing their minds when it comes to their sexual activity. More information and education must be provided to students on their way to college.
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    • Agreed. We have to tell the students the truth about college. There are too many diseases going around in today’s society. It’s better to be prepared than to be sorry.

  6. Your third point made me chuckle, but is indeed an important one. As for students who go home all the time when they live fairly close, that certainly doesn’t do them any favors. College is the time to stretch boundaries, and only going home on occasion helps that process.
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  7. I couldn’t wait to leave home so going home every weekend was not an option lol . Good tips, I like that you are saying what people are not willing to say. Theses are necessary.
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  8. Tim

    Never leave home without one; just like the American Express commercial. Young, free, and wild; let that live on forever. And, as for going home every weekend; I didn’t know people did that. Why? College is a great and unique time in a persons life when they are relatively free of responsibility but still protected. Take the opportunity and grow. Good advise all round.
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  9. Jason, those are excellent tips. Enjoy the college experience and get involved. I also agree about the friends – that most lifelong friendships will be formed during the college years. Excellent advice for the freshman.

  10. Being in a different state from my home was great for me in collage. You are forced to make new friends and experience new things. I wonder how that experience has changed now that cell phones make it so easy for parents and hometown friends to keep in constant touch. Nice article.

  11. I was studying away from my house and I always tried that I go when it is needed not on every weekend like many I think it has helped me a lot to complete my assignments at time
    I also feel that it helped me to keep a budget as many of my friends were always taking loan from me, as they were running home every week.
    I feel that before registering some course with any particular teacher we must discuss with few seniors , it can give us an idea if our goals about the subject can be achieved or not, if we do not ask from seniors then sometimes we are just moving from one section to other to find a better relation(if we can understand her/him) between us and teacher.

    Great tips for Freshmen in College.
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  12. I went far enough away from home that I didn’t have the option (or money) to come home more than once or twice a year. I do think that forces you to become more independent, which is probably one of the main purposes of college.
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  13. Sounds to me like some pretty sound advice.
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