- You should be aware that BFFs will not be formed overnight
All bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, you are eager to make friends. Some people you meet will only be classmates, acquaintances, or report partners. Finding your close-knit group in college takes a bit of trial and error. Join student organizations and interest clubs, attend a few parties, and enjoy the variety of people you’ll meet along the way.
2. You will fail your first big test. It is okay. Get ’em next time, tiger.
- You have to get to know your professors well
Professors can make or break you, so don’t stay in the dark. Check out student forums for professor guidelines and tips. Build a professional relationship with your professors. Showing professors a good work ethic can even land you a job referral in the future
4. Going out is not only for the weekends. You will be introduced and become love-hate friends with Tipsy Tuesdays, Wasted Wednesdays, and Thirsty Thursdays. They are not myths.
5. You should be creative, books are expensive
A study reveals that every year, the average American college student spends up to $1,200 on books and supplies alone. Save some money on books. Borrow from the library, visit a second-hand bookstore, ask friends to lend you a copy, ask your professor if he/she has a spare book you can use, rent a digital copy, or shop online for used textbooks.
- Do not schedule 8:30 a.m. classes, ever. Mark my words, you will not make it to half of them.
7. You will not find your husband or wife your freshman year of college. Okay, yeah, that one couple down the hall just got engaged. They are weird. Do not be like them.
8. Instagram with caution. Pro-tip: wait until the next morning when drunken goggles are off and that racy joke for a caption does not seem nearly as funny.
- You have to figure it out, “required” reading can be optional
This is entirely on a case-by-case basis that you need to figure out. Generally, professors will discuss the most important points of the text in class. When you pay attention to lectures and diligently take notes, you can get away with just skimming your readings before
10. Netflix will become your everything. The only one always there at 4 a.m.
- You MAY skip some classes – but in moderation
College students skip classes. If you don’t plan to, good on you. But if you do, skip classes wisely. Some professors do not tolerate absences, some professors do not notice. Whether your reasons are scholarly, or otherwise, just make sure you won’t get caught.
You should not be shocked by a low first semester GPA. But your parents will. Let them down easy.
13. The term, “sleep-schedule,” is not a real thing. And you are only half way through your current season on Netflix.
14. Your professor does not actually do anything. Your TAs are the ones who do the grading; be very nice to them. Give, and you shall receive.
15. Freshman year goes too fast. It is the best year of college. Do not waste it on someone who won’t return your text or salad.
- Sometimes you need to isolate yourself to get things done
Distractions are everywhere. When you have a paper due in a few hours, isolation is your best bet at finishing on time. If you have references online, download them and turn off your WiFi connection. Stay in a library instead of your dorm, so you’re not tempted to take a nap.
- You need to get enough sleep, and health is a priority.
According to the US National Library of Medicine, 50% of college students report daytime sleepiness and 70% attain insufficient sleep. Loss of sleep can mean a lower GPA, inability to concentrate, and may even cause mood swings. Drinking coffee or energy drinks to pull that all-nighter only promotes that vicious cycle. If you can’t avoid staying up, consider taking a nap. Daytime naps may offer a potential remedy that may also help academic.