5 WAYS TO SURVIVE YOUR FRESHMAN YEAR IN COLLEGE
Hey and congratulations on graduating and embarking on a new journey to college!!! YAY you're awesome, YOU DID THAT, and no one can take it from you. Now lets get into the real reason why you're here.
COLLEGE IS NOTHING LIKE HIGH SCHOOL, lets just make that clear!
1. GET INVOLVED
Fun Fact - YOU CAN JOIN ORGANIZATIONS AS A FRESHMAN
No matter what college you will be attending this Fall 18 there are so many organizations you will be able to join. Rather you're interested in student government association, modeling, or dance/step there's an organization for everything and everyone. You will meet some of your best friends in organizations as well as like-minded people who share similar interest as you. Once you join an organization you will be a part of it throughout your entire college career which is great and will open doors to other opportunities.
If you're reading this and thinking I'm sorry- I'm shy- I cant!!! Trust me you will regret not getting involved and being stuck in your dorm room all the time.
2. STAY ON CAMPUS
Fun Fact - 68% OF FRESHMAN WHO LIVE ON CAMPUS PERFORM BETTER ACADEMICALLY
I know you're feeling "GROWN" right now and wanting to get an off campus apartment so I will just keep it simple with some PROS & CONS.
You will stay plugged in on campus events & home games
Washer & Dryer
Most campus you can't drive freshman year
BORING RA (Resident Assistant) meetings
So as you can see I'm PRO DORM for your freshman year!
Fun fact - YOU CAN'T SURVIVE COLLEGE ALONE
*WELL YOU CAN BUT IT WILL BE HARD
It is a must that you build good study habits in college. Get out of your dorm and find a place to study, set time aside for studying weekly, and join study groups. If you've never had to study in high school you will be in for a rude awakening. If it's not the library find your ideal study place. Click here for a how to study for beginners downloadable document.
4. MAKE CONNECTIONS
Fun Fact - THE OPPOSITE OF NETWORKING IS NOT WORKING
Making connections with your classmates will be beneficial for those days you miss class or if you’re struggling and need a study partner. Other important connections to build your freshman year are with your classmates, professors, academic adviser, and resident assistant.
5. GO TO CLASS
Fun Fact - YOU CAN ONLY MISS 3 CLASSES
*UNLESS IT’S AN EMERGENCY OF COURSE
I know you're probably like, “gO tO cLAsS?” DUH but no seriously no one will be there to wake you up. Some days it will take a lot of discipline and accountability to get out that bed!! And when that alarm goes off for that 8 AM. class you will snooze until 8:00. I've been there and done that but nothing is worst than taking that W - and I'm not talking about a Win but a withdrawal. Going to class is important but being present in class is more important. Being present doesn’t mean you have to always raise your hand but take notes, pay attention, and visit your professor during office hours. Stay on top of your studies. It’s easy to fall behind and hard to catch up and most professors don’t offer make up work!
Use rate my professor and don’t underestimate extra credit!!! Your freshman year will go by quicker than you can blink. Enjoy it; make memories, work hard, and have fun. I hope this blog help, share it with your friends and classmates. Feel free to email or reach out on social media for additional questions!!!
- Chaunterria Jourdain