College Experience: Tips for all Freshmen

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

When starting in college, of course you will surely have some sort of a culture shock because everything is new to you: the campus, your classmates, new schedule, professors, etc. Sometimes, you easily get burned out because you don’t know what to do and where to start. The tips that I will mention in this article might help you deal with things and the stresses that you will encounter in your freshman year in college.

Here’s one! You really need to attend your classes regularly. In college, it is totally different compared in high school because you only meet with your professors twice or thrice a week and when you missed a class, you will surely miss the entire chapter of your lessons and it’s a lot of coping to do. Also, your teacher might give you a surprised quiz on the day of your absence and this could surely affect your grades big.

Another thing is to learn to do your taxes and FAFSA yourself so that the following year, you won’t have to let your parents do it for you. Bring enough clothing to school with you that can go about two weeks between washings because this can help you save money. Learn to be responsible now that you are already on your own and your parents are already away. This will help you become independent as you start to live on your own now.

Get a part-time job if your schedule still allows it. This could help you with your additional expenses like sudden projects, research works, etc. Also, if your school offers a position that helps with summer orientation for incoming students, apply for it. Try to learn to socialize as well so that you can easily gain new friends and make your life easy and light to deal with inside the school campus. Lastly, don’t hesitate to ask your counselors for advises and if you have problems in your first year in school. 


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