Freshmen Guide aka The List of Lists

Starting college is like starting a new life. New place, new people, new everything. And while this may sound like fun, most of the freshmen don’t think about troubles they can get in until the moment when they actually get into one. Wrong regime and caffeine overuse may result in health problems, arguing with your roommate all the time will spoil your life in the dorm. There are a lot more mishaps, 1st-year students can get into, however, most of them can be prevented if you read and try to remember our list:

  1. Register
  • Get your paperwork ready.
  • Double check tuition payments.
  • Evaluate the meal plans offered to you.
  • Pick your classes early.
  • Inquire about the major declaration procedure.
  1. Keep your body battle-ready
  • Stop yourself from stress eating.
  • Do something physical regularly.
  • Avoid caffeine crash.
  • Dress according to the weather.
  1. Living arrangements
  • Be friendly to your roommate.
  • Use a combination of simple rules and compromises.
  • Keep your room clean and smell-free.
  • Don’t leave your things lying around.
  • Use the help of residential assistants if necessary.
  • Get a pair of shower shoes.
  • Remember about your beauty sleep.
  • Learn your dorm regulations.
  • Lock up your stuff if you plan to go away for an extended period of time.
  • Contact your family regularly.

Freshmen Guide a.k.a. The List of Lists

  1. Focus
  • Timeliness is appreciated.
  • Don’t rely on your memory and write things down.
  • Don’t skip classes.
  • Communicate your needs to professors.
  • Syllabi can help you check your progress and keep track of due dates.
  • Purchase the required textbook early on.
  • Dedicate certain hours exclusively to homework.
  • Choose a method of note-taking and stick to it.
  • Don’t use digital devices that might distract you in class.
  1. Study hard
  • Use tutoring services.
  • Join a study group.
  • Accept midterm exams results as a stimulus to achieve more.
  • Remember that cramming never worked for anyone.
  • Treat yourself if you deserve it.
  • Inquire about extra credit assignments.
  • Ask librarians to be your guides in the land of excessive information.
  • Save financial resources by renting textbooks instead of purchasing.
  1. Be active on campus
  • Explore and familiarize yourself with the grounds.
  • Join campus interest groups.
  • Attend as many happenings as you can.
  • Create beautiful memories.
  1. Get to know your educators
  • Be friendly with faculty members and listen to their advice.
  • Use the services and support of your academic adviser.
  1.  Develop your social skills
  • Don’t be afraid to talk to people.
  • Study during the workweek so you can relax on your days off.
  • Enjoy your time in college.
  1. Avoid temptations
  • Don’t do anything illegal.
  • Drugs are inappropriate.
  • Don’t drive after drinking alcohol.
  • Keep your drink to yourself.
  • Safe sex will steer you clear from STIs and undesirable pregnancies.
  • Don’t be ashamed to say no.
  • If you’re sexually active get tested regularly.
  1. Financial issues
  • Look for sources of extra-income that won’t clash with your studies.
  • Appreciate your parents’ generosity.

No doubt, it may sound like a lot, but if you do everything carefully, and follow the advice given above, you are going to have useful and joyful time in college. Appreciate your college years, they are much better than adult life.

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