Freshman year is by far one of the toughest college years.
You’re adjusting to life on your own, plus you have to adjust to a college workload. As much fun as your first year can be, it’s definitely a learning experience.
Here are some things you’ll realize as you go through your first year of college.
1. Bad grades aren’t the end of the world.
Coming out of high school, you were a big fish in a small pond. But now that you’re in college, you realize everyone around you is just as smart.
You may also see that getting a good grade requires much more effort than it did in high school.
Just remember, your first C isn’t the end of the world. Keep in mind, you have three more years to make up for it.
2. Seek help from outside sources.
If you do find yourself struggling in a particular class, don’t be afraid to seek outside help.
One of the biggest mistakes college freshmen make is not using the resources provided by their school.
Don’t be afraid to go for tutoring or talk with a teacher. Your professors have office hours for a reason — they want you to talk to them.
If that’s too intimidating for you, talk with one of the TAs. Most of them are graduate students, so they can relate to your situation.
You may feel out of your comfort zone at first, but it will certainly pay off when you start to understand the material.
3. Join a club or organization.
One of the best ways to make friends your first year is to get involved. Whether that’s through Greek life, the school newspaper or a nonprofit organization — join something that really interests you.
Not only will you be doing something you genuinely enjoy, but you will find people with common interests to bond with during your four years of college.
4. Study hard, play hard.
You first year is definitely one of the hardest class-wise, so study as hard as you can. Doing your work is crucial to succeeding in a class. But with all that studying it’s smart to have a good balance with your social life.
College is all about new experiences, so don’t forget to have fun. Learn how to manage your time and study on the weekdays, so you can go out with your friends on the weekends.
5. No one has it all figured out.
It may seem like everyone around you has it all together, but in reality, no one does during his or her first year.
Don’t stress yourself out by comparing yourself to others because everyone is just as lost as you are. Instead, create a support group with your friends and provide encouragement for each another.
So as you enter this second year of college, keep these simple lessons in mind. They may take some time to learn, but they will definitely benefit you in the long run.
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