How to Survive Your First Year of College

By Jessica Daniel

So here you are, starting your first year of college. You have already applied and been admitted to the college or university of your choice. You enrolled in your classes. Now, it is time to prepare yourself for the big day.

It can be a very exciting yet scary time as you make that transition from high school into your freshman year of college. Depending on whether you are going away to college or staying close to home, the challenge of getting familiar with and adapting to a whole new academic environment can be very overwhelming. Here are a few tips for freshman to get through their first year of college.

The first tip is don’t panic! Remember that there are many other freshman at your college, in the same position, that are feeling just as scared and overwhelmed as you are. Make friends with them as you help one another get adjusted to the campus.

Second, set up an appointment to see a counselor at your college to help you stay on track of your educational goals. Your counselor will talk and guide you through your first year and help you pick a major and the classes you need to take to complete your major and G.E. courses to get you on the right path to graduate.

The third and important tip is not to procrastinate. Many college students make the mistake of waiting until the night before to complete important assignments that are due the next morning. As a result, if there is a test on that same day, students become tired and unable to function very well. Be sure to manage your time wisely and give yourself enough time during the week to study and finish up that ten page research paper a week or two before the due date and get plenty of rest the night before a test.

Last, but not least, have confidence in yourself. Believe that you can make it through college and accomplish anything you set your mind to.

So there you have it. Those are just a few of the many tips that college freshman can follow to help make their first year a successful one.

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