what are some tips/advice u would give to an incoming college freshman?
tips for incoming college freshman
hello, anon! i’m so sorry about this extremely late post but if you see this, i hope this helps or at least lets you know i didn’t forget about this post :’) (also im sorry about the rambling i do in this post rip)
so you’re starting college, what are some things you can get ready for?
- go to orientation
- i can’t stress enough how much you should go to orientation!!! the key thing about orientation, other than getting to know that resources are around campus / the campus, is getting to know everyone else.
- college is made so much better with friends, and orientation is a great way to get to know people and make friends right off the bat. i know a lot of people can get antsy or nervous because it’s an unfamiliar place with unfamiliar people, but it only takes one sentence to start a conversation that might lead to a lifelong friendship!
- a quick tip for how to start a conversation if you’re shy:
- make eye contact with someone
- immediately smile (or wave if ur feelin adventurous)
- if they’re somewhere close, like less than 3-5 steps away, try and walk over to them and introduce yourself!
- ways to start the convo:
- “hi, my name is ____, how are you?”
- “hey, my name is ______. i’m majoring in _______, what about you?”
- “so how’s everything going for you so far?”
- ya idk where i was going with this point, just go to orientation, get to know your way around and get to know people!!!
- get to know your residence hall + people in your major
- i cannot stress this enough omg
- the quickest and more surefire way to make friends is to get to know your hall / your floor / people in your class.
- there will be activities that you can attend (esp as a freshie, maybe even as a hall). definitely go, even if you’re not that hype about large groups of people.
- you definitely should go to the first couple of events, at least, because that’s how you’ll get to know people, and it’s also how people will know you.
- from personal experience, i went out of my way at the beginning of the year to get to know every single person in my res hall, no matter who they were, regardless of anything. that was the best thing i could’ve done, like, ever.
- so definitely get to know peeps (esp in ur hall / people you’ll see often bc that’ll help you in the long run too!!)
- get on that study / time management!
- you can set up a schedule if you like but time management is absolutely key. you’re going to need to manage your time well, because your workload is going to be more than back in high school, but you will spend less time in class than you did before, and i know that that can very serious mess up your schedule.
- find a quiet place on campus to study, you don’t have to go there all the time, but it’ll be a good place to retreat if you need a place to study / if you need quiet time.
- go to class!!!!!
- just, idk. you’ve heard this a million times. go to class. you can skip a couple, but overall, go to class, even if it feels like it’s too hard to get up, etc etc.
- go to class.
- stay healthy
- eat stuff, thee meals if possible, two if not. just make sure you take care of yourself, okay!
- get to know where the important places are on campus!
- health services
- office of financial aid / business office
- career services
- anywhere else you think might be important
- you should definitely get involved in stuff on campus!
- you don’t need to get involved with too much, because that can definitely lead to burnout, but see what clubs or organizations there are, look at greek life maybe, see if there are any service clubs to join, and just try things out and see what you like!
um idk what else there is, really, but if you have any other questions, please feel free to leave me an ask (i promise i’ll answer asap) or message me! hope this was helpful (a lot of this was me rambling on and on, haha), love!