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Overrated First Year Advice

Disclaimer: I don’t mean to discredit the posts that have these suggestions in them… However, I know that for people going into first year university, it can be stressful seeing pages and pages of “must-dos” and feeling like you have to do them all. As always, different things work for different people! 

Talking to Profs 

  1. Getting to know profs personally. If you don’t feel comfortable talking to profs personally, don’t feel like you have to. In upper years, it can be really valuable to know profs for recommendations, etc. but in first year this is less important. Profs also don’t usually mark your work in first year, so you don’t need to suck up to them for good grades. 
  2. Going to office hours every week. Going to office hours can be very valuable if you have questions about the course or an assignments. However, I see a lot of posts telling students to go every week even if they don’t have a question. You don’t need to do this unless you want to! Often times, profs will even request that you talk to your TA before them.
  3. Emailing the prof if you miss class. Unless you go to a very small school, the prof is not going to notice if you miss class. You don’t need to email them telling them why you were absent, you can just go to a different section of the lecture or get the notes from someone. (If you have labs/tutorials/seminars, the same does not apply!! Email your TA.) 

Studying and Grades

  1. Starting to study for tests six weeks in advance. This is one piece of advice that always baffles me. The semester is only 12 weeks long (usually), so if you have a quiz in week 6, you can’t start studying for it much before week 4 or 5. Also, there is no way you will retain the finer details of things if you learned them 6 weeks before writing the test. 
  2. Guaranteeing a 4.0. I see a ton of posts telling students how to guarantee a 4.0 average or straight As. But honestly, as much as you do all of the readings and go to lectures and follow all of the studyblr advice out there, you can still get a TA who won’t give any mark higher than an 80. Just try your best and know that even though getting high marks is great, it is not the only indicator of success in uni. 
  3. Sitting in the front of the class. This is not a necessity. A lot of people post that if the prof can see your face and remember you, you will get better grades. However, in first year, the prof doesn’t mark your papers usually and even if they did, your paper doesn’t have a photo of you on it. Also, they teach so many classes I doubt they just naturally remember the first three rows of each one and no one else. Just sit where you are comfortable and can pay attention and see, and you will do fine. 
  4. Choosing your major in high school or based on what job you think you will get. If you think you want to major in something and then it turns out you hate it, that is fine! Your major should be a subject you are passionate about and can get good grades in, not something that you chose in high school or will “guarantee” you a good job (although, its also okay if your major is all of the above). 
  5. Taking full notes on a topic before the lecture. If you are going to the lecture with a ton of info already, it is easier to get distracted or to feel like you don’t need the lectures at all. Instead, take notes in the lecture and then supplement them with notes from readings or bonus material rather than the opposite way. 


  1. Buying textbooks online. I definitely think that buying textbooks online can be a good idea, but sometimes it is just easier to buy them from the bookstore. For example, if you are not sure if a site is legit/the book will come in time/its the right edition, etc. it might just be safer to get it in person or buy it used on campus from an upper year. (Remember, you can probably sell it next year!) 
  2. Buying old editions of textbooks. If you have the two books side by side and can tell that they are very similar, go for it. But often times, two different editions are totally different and can just mess you up. Science and math books often have different practice questions, and even in social sciences and humanities, the content can change drastically in one edition. 


  1. Buying extra storage and furnishing for your dorm. Make sure you do a virtual room tour or talk to someone about the layout before you buy a ton of storage. Most dorm rooms that I have been in have a ton of storage (mine has a closet, a huge desk, shelves to the ceiling, a dresser, and cabinets for extra storage). You don’t want to show up with way too much stuff. 
  2. Keeping 1000 things in your backpack. If you live on campus, you don’t actually need to carry every single thing on earth in your bag. It will get annoying carrying around a heavy backpack while walking. Unless you are going to the library for a huge study sesh or can’t make it back to your room all day, pack lightly! 
  3. Avoiding wearing “freshman clothes”. No one cares what you are wearing. People often wear pajamas or just track pants and a baggy t-shirt to class or the caf. If you like dressing up, that’s great! But don’t feel like certain clothes are off limits. 
  4. Living at home meaning you aren’t independent. Posts that look down upon living at home or going to your home university are garbage posts in my opinion. Being able to live away from home is a privilege, and many people are not financially, physically, or emotionally able to do that. If you are living at home, do not feel bad about it. You are still an adult and you are still independent. 

Hope this helps reduce some rising freshman anxiety! And remember, if you do want to follow any of the original tips, that is okay too. :) 

Minimalism Meets College: Minimalist Tips

1. Giant Backpack, No More: Put your large NorthFace or traditional styled backpack to the side, and transition to a lightweight, simple oversized tote or purse-type backpack.

In it, include: a simple wallet that carries importance cards and your school ID; (a repurpose DIY) a glasses case as a pencil case that can hold: 2-3 pens, 2 pencils, a sharpie and a highlighter; your day planner or journal (depending on how you keep track of assignments and things-to-do); your laptop and/or notebooks (if your classes don’t permit electronic note taking); and your room and/or car key(s).

2. Take Control of Your Notes, Structure Over Stress: If you’re a visual or kinesthetic learner, taking your notes by hand is helpful. If you’re an auditory learner, try recording your notes. For ease, designate one notebook for each class to make reviewing and maintenance easier (option: color coordinate too for easy identification). Organize your material by going digital. For each class, create a file for writing assignments/essays on your laptop. This makes sorting through past papers easier and decluttering/removal less tedious.

3. Downgrade Your Dorm: Don’t just leave decluttering for your room at home, take it to college with you. The struggle between your social life and academics is never ending; however, having a clean, organized, simple room (with your own special flare and style) can ease the daily stress of being a college student. Having a space of your own—that embodies your minimalist attitude/outlook—allows you to further embrace and practice a minimalistic lifestyle that is genuine to you. Avoid the bad habit of focusing on and adding décor to your dorm to make it feel personal—it only promotes clutter as you’re not in need of all that décor. Being a college student isn’t easy. Take this as the perfect opportunity for a low-budget, room make-over. In addition, if you’re an out-of-state student who moves out of their dorm every school year, doing more with less in your dorm makes storage and travelling a lot less stressful and easier to manage: you’ll pack fewer clothing items, shoes, health and beauty products; you won’t have to pay so much for storage (especially if you share a unit with other students who might need the space); and you will not leave as many items behind for someone who lives nearby campus to hang onto for you. As a bonus, move-in day will no longer be “move-in week”.

4. That’s Money, Honey: As a given, minimalism allows you to save money. Use this advantage to manage your college budget, you’ll be surprised how much money you might save. Your college budget might not be as small as you once imagined. Rather, your budget will prove to be livable and fitting for your lifestyle. Take this as an opportunity to start practicing financial habits that could carry over into adulthood. In addition, renting your textbooks and/or reselling them is a good way to cut down on buying full price textbooks and not accumulate a library of books you’ll never use again. Try to avoid hanging onto books “just-in-case” someone else might need them. Go ahead and sell, or rent to begin with so you’re not left with that load on your hands. For novels and such, try going digital with your books on a tablet or Kindle—or buy eBooks (if permitted by your professor).

5. Recycle the School Year: Feel free to recycle old notes, exams, and/or papers from courses you’re sure you’ll never revisit. If you feel the need to keep a paper or exam (until graduation or end of the year), digitally save them on your laptop for later use then delete them. If anything, general notes for courses can be found online as well, so try to avoid getting too attached.

6. Apply What You Learn: Reduce mental clutter and apply what you learn after you’ve learned it. This can be done by immediately starting on a homework assignment, assigned reading, or reviewing your class notes after your classes. This improves your cognitive retention about the material, reduces stress when it comes to exam time, and promotes healthier learning habits that can result in long-term academic success.

hello friends!!

This list is more so about things that I didn’t realize I needed for college, and what I realized I didn’t need once I was already at college, rather than a wholistic list of what you’re going to need. If you google your generic “college essentials” list, they more or less are truly what you’re going to need. I’m simply trying to share my experience after my first year of college. here we go kids

Things you might not have thought of:

wedge pillow/husband pillow: you know when you wanna do work in bed and sit up against the wall, and you try and use your pillows for back support but you can never get them in a comfortable position???? yeah. fear not!! there are wedge pillows and/or husband pillows for this!!! personally, I didn’t realize how much work I would do in bed prior to college. If you’re someone who does this, I HIGHLY recommend getting one of these pillows. it’ll just make your life a lot easier.

clipboard: you know when you wanna do work in bed, but when you’re trying to take notes and be studious your notebook is too floppy and it’s an immense struggle to take notes???? yeah. GET YOU A CLIPBOARD. my god. you could also get a lap desk thing, but tbh a clipboard should suffice.

clip-on lamp: if you’re like me, you might hate artificial lighting and hate having all of the lights on. you might prefer a nice lil lamp. every college list tells you to get a desk lamp. BUT YOU SHOULD GET A CLIP ON LAMP. as i’ve said twice now, i love doing work in bed. but sometimes it just gets dark!! and while your lamp lights up the room well enough, you might strain to see what you’re reading and/or writing. so, get a clip on lamp!! you can clip it literally anywhere it can clamp on to. so much freedom. so beautiful. 10/10 would recommend.

a robe: i went into college thinking i could just wrap myself in a towel and flee to my dorm from the bathroom. However, you’re gonna dry your hair, and then your body. and then you’ll go on your journey to your dorm. but, you’re hair is still gonna be wet, and then get you wet, and get the floor wet, and it’s just not a good time. (also sorry for the comma splices rn lmao) please make your life easier and get yourself a robe. then you can wrap the towel around your hair and keep it dry, while not having to run to your dorm hoping that your towel doesn’t fall! it’s a good time.

stand up hamper: i got a laundry bag and thought that would be a fun way to store my gross clothing. false information my friends. you know when you’re trying to put something in a bag, but the bag just keeps closing on it’s own bc of gravity, and then you’re trying to open the bag with the object you’re trying to put IN the bag–you know what i’m talking about. that’s what will happen with a laundry bag for a hamper. just get a stand up one friends.

NAPKINS: it’s the things that you always have around that you don’t realize you need. just have napkins. too many reasons to explain why they’re necessary.

a step stool!!!: this is college. your bed is going to be high up. that’s just how it is. you CAN rely on the lil ladder to get onto your bed, but that’s always a bit of an awkward climb. i highly recommend a step stool. it helped my tiny lil self out every single day.

mattress pad: this one isn’t necessary. I didn’t have one when I first got to college. but then my mom forced one upon me, and it honestly changed my whole life. do it. you don’t need a full on foam top mattress (unless you want one that’s cool too), but anything helps. college beds feel like dried up sponges.

Things you probably don’t need

clothes: no matter what, you are not going to have the amount of clothes that you need your first year of college. you will either over pack or under pack. there is absolutely no in between. try not to bring too many clothes. you will truly thank yourself.

extra storage bins: if you think you might need extra storage bins to put all of your stuff in, then you’re bringing too much stuff to your dorm. trust me. the storage that your school provides will be enough. don’t bring too much to school. you’ll have many breakdowns where you get so overwhelmed by all of the unnecessary crap that you own. i know i did

too many pillows: y’all, this is college. no one has time for five decorative pillows. the bed is just big enough to fit one human being. don’t bring all of those pillows. you will have no where to put them. your dorm will be cute without the pillows.

shower shoes??????: idk. this, in my opinion, is optional. i feel like everyone stresses how disgusting college showers are and how if you don’t have shower shoes you’re bound to get foot fungus. i personally think this is exaggerated and emphasized by germaphobes. shower shoes are a nice precaution, but your showers aren’t going to be completely horrible. However, I go to a tiny liberal arts school, and shared a bathroom with 4 other girls. If you’re going to a larger school with community bathrooms, then please disregard this suggestion. protect ur toes.

i hope this helps some people out!! freshman year of college is going to be a great learning experience!!!!!

College Packing Do’s and Don’ts

I am currently working on an exhaustive college packing list printable, which will hopefully go out next week. But today, I thought I would do a teaser post including some items that you absolutely should or should not bring to your dorm! 

General Advice

Look at what is going to be in your room first, and don’t start buying until then. For example, if your room has a trashcan, you don’t need to bring an additional trash can.  


  • Organizers for around your room. Go to the dollar store and pick out lots of plastic organizers, bins, and baskets for around your room. The key to keeping such a small space like a dorm room clean is making sure everything has a place. Things like school supplies, makeup, keys, random samples, etc. all need a place to live or else your room will get chaotic.
  • Bath robe and shower shoes. I know, saying you need shower shoes is kind of beaten to death at this point. But seriously, don’t even go into the bathroom without flip flops on. And a bath robe is just nice, so that you don’t have to walk around in a towel.
  • Kettle and mini fridge. Save a ton of money by making your own instant coffee or tea in the morning. And having a mini fridge is a necessity for water, snacks, and alcohol. I recommend getting one with a freezer!
  • Fan. This depends on how old your school is, but many res buildings don’t have air conditioning.
  • Cleaning supplies. You’ll want a few supplies on hand to keep your room clean, namely a duster, Windex, and Lysol wipes. However, that is basically all you will need. You don’t need to bring your own broom and vacuum.
  • Batteries, extension cords, and surge protectors. Until you get to the room, you won’t know how your outlets are set up, so extension cords might be a necessity. Batteries and surge protectors are just necessities.
  • Documents, like health and insurance information, your SIN number, and copies of your res agreement. If you need to pick up a prescription or apply for a job, you will need these important documents!
  • First aid kit. Get a pencil case or makeup bag and fill it with the first aid essentials. Pain killers, Polysporin, Band-Aids, Midol, an Ace bandage, etc. But just like with cleaning supplies, don’t go to crazy with things you won’t actually use.


  • Extra furniture and storage, at least until you have done a room tour. I always see packing lists saying to bring an ottoman or a beanbag chair. I disagree. Your room will probably already be cramped, and you will end up sitting on your bed all the time anyways. When it comes to storage, most dorm rooms actually have quite a bit. Having giant Rubbermaid bins and rolling storage carts might just be a waste of space. 
  • Microwave or hot plate. There will likely be a microwave and even a stove on your floor. A microwave takes too much space, and a hot plate is a fire hazard in a small room. You won’t be using them that much anyways.
  • Area rug, curtains, and other large decorations. Definitely bring some photos and small decorative items, but bringing large things like this is a waste of space in the car, as well as money.
  • Iron. Some lists also recommend you bring an iron, but unless you are devoting hours a week to laundry, you’re never going to use it. Most college students don’t even separate whites and colours, let alone iron.
  • Printer. Unless for some reason you are going to be printing hundreds of pages a week, this is not needed. You will probably end up doing readings online and a lot of work is submitted online as well. You can get pages printed for 5 cents, and even when you total the number of pages printed, it will probably be a lot less than buying a printer and paying for ink refills throughout the year.

anonymous asked:

Hey Jess! Could U make a master post of all the things you think are necessary to pack for college? Thanks! I really trust your advice :)

Of course! Obviously this is somewhat tailored to my college experience/where I went, which was a school of ~4000 undergrads on a small town New Hampshire campus.


  • General rule-of-thumb: bring a lot LESS than you think you’ll need; there’s very limited storage in dorm rooms and you also just won’t need that many clothes. Trust me, once I got to college my sense of style plummeted; I dressed for comfort most days, and so did everyone else. Obviously bring things you feel cute in, but you aren’t going to need as extensive a wardrobe as you probably think
    • bring two general types of clothing: comfy day wear, and clothes you feel hot in for going out
    • if you are going home for break, pack for the season: so now pack for summer/fall, then bring that home and bring winter clothes, then bring that home and bring spring clothes etc.
    • in general you’re going to need some/all of these: shirts, pants, shorts, skirts, dresses, sweaters, jackets, leggings, tights, pajamas, activewear, underwear
  • One formal outfit (there are lots of formal events, and you want to be prepared for them! maybe have multiple options)
  • One interview/business-appropriate outfit (in case you land an interview etc.)
  • Weather-appropriate outerwear (err on the side of being too-warm; last winter we had a week where it was -15F; you do NOT want to be unprepared for that)
  • Weather-appropriate shoes (have a pair of rain boots, have a pair of snow boots if it’s going to snow where you live, etc.)
  • Underwear and Socks (and a LOT of them. top tip: you can basically avoid laundry until you run out of underwear/socks, so if you have a lot of pairs, you can do laundry a lot less often. doing laundry is terrible. it’s 3 hours of being unproductive in your dorm room waiting for it to be done. top tip 2: show up RIGHT when your laundry finishes or some asshole will take your stuff out, including your socks and underwear, and put it somewhere extremely unhygienic.) 
  • Generally what I gravitate to the most: leggings/sweatpants, sweaters, flannel, boots, my beloved night gowns

Bed/Room Decor/Storage

  • sheets, blankets, mattress pad etc. for a long twin bed; the setup I have is a mattress pad + fitted sheet + blanket + blanket cover
  • pillow(s) + pillow cases - bring a pillow to actually use and some decorative pillows because they’re cute, fun, and cuddly
  • extra seating - it’s nice to have a beanbag chair so when friends come to your room they have somewhere to sit
  • desk lamp, desk organizer, etc. (although to be honest I rarely used the desk in my room)
  • candles or air-fresheners (it’s nice to have a good-smelling room, especially something to cover up the scent of ramen-at-midnight)
  • clothes hangers + extra storage (like extra boxes/plastic dresser-drawer things, command hooks, etc.)
  • any decoration you want (the first week of college is filled with weird look-at-how-cute-my-room-is posturing; I personally didn’t do that much decorating because I’m kind of a minimalist, but do what you want!)

School Supplies/Electronics

  • laptop + charger - in college, your laptop will be your best friend. go with something lightweight with great battery life
  • phone + charger - because you’ll probably want that, right?
  • headphones
  • whatever system works for you - folders or binders, loose-leaf paper or  notebooks etc. although in college you’ll probably be doing more stuff digitally and less stuff physically
  • stapler - I swear to god every stapler on my college campus went missing sometime in October and we never found them, and some hardo professors take points off if your work isn’t stapled
  • pencils and blue/black pens - the pen is for working in lab notebooks and signing documents; always have one on you just in case.
  • textbooks - these will be painfully expensive. try to buy secondhand online or from friends, or you can find most for rent on amazon.
  • backpack/bag - don’t think backpacks are uncool in college; scoliosis isn’t fun at any point in your life


  • Shower:
    • a shower caddy, flip flops, and a bath robe or multiple towels (there’s always an awkward juggle getting from the shower to the bathroom, where you can’t exactly lounge naked because anyone could come in at any time; for me, I would just bring two towels, one for my hair and one for my body, and hang them over the top of the shower and then bundle myself up before getting out)
    • shampoo and conditioner
    • body wash/soap + loofa if you use one
    • your skincare, whatever that may be (for me personally, this consists of: face wash, toner, moisturizer, body cream, and some face masks because they’re fun for a spa night with friends)
  • sunscreen
  • Toothpaste + toothbrush + floss + mouthwash if you use it
  • If you have a vagina: 
    • tampons and pads (I personally like having both, but obviously take what you need.)


  • detergent and dryer sheets (although personally something all-in-one like Tide Pods is much easier)
  • laundry basket (if you live on a high floor of your building get a hard laundry basket. I originally had one of those soft folding ones and the handles ripped off on my 4-story journey down to the laundry room. Yup.)
  • if you have boobs, bring one of those little zipup pod things that protect your bras/underwear in the wash


  • bring whatever you use, although if you have extensive regimens try to pack on the light side
  • some things you’ll probably want: dry shampoo (things get a little sketchy during midterms/finals; you won’t have time to shower, let alone wash your hair, and you won’t be alone - but it’s okay because dry shampoo exists for a reason), concealer (because stress pimples are real), clear nail polish (if you get a rip in your tights/leggings, this stuff can seal it off and keep it from tearing more)


  • If you’re a stronger person than me, you can probably make it to the dining hall before class. But I prefer eating something quickly in my room while I’m getting ready - usually a granola bar, sometimes yoghurt - and taking coffee or tea to go; I brought and extensive collection of tea to college which was lovely to have for nights in and when I was homesick. This approach also saves you swipes/money in your meal plan.
  • If you eat ethnic food, bring some with you - it was one of the very first things I missed; I packed mom cooking, ramen, some of my favorite (Chinese) snacks, etc.
  • Have healthy(ish) sweet and salty options to satisfy those midnight drunken cravings in a way you won’t regret the next day
  • Gum (just generally nice to have) or mints


  • Food-related: 
    • mini fridge (optional but nice to have), kettle/coffee-maker (if you drink coffee/tea), tupperware (if you have great stealth, take extra food from the dining hall - you’re paying for it!), utensils, mugs/bowls, travel mug, water bottle
  • Temperature regulation: heated blanket/mattress pad/space heater (if you go to school somewhere really effing cold like I do, this will just generally be lovely and cosy), fan (unless you are blessed and have AC in which case fuck you)
  • a bike + lock if your campus is big enough that this might be something you want
  • some things you’ll probably be glad you have; flashlight, sewing kit, scissors, cleaning supplies, a phone case with built-in cardholder (seriously so useful since all you’ll really need to carry is your ID)

I probably missed something glaringly obvious, didn’t I. Well, I hope this helped!

The journey begins: 5.22.17

;I’m about to begin my journey to Finland!! This morning I finished packing my dorm up into storage and I am now sitting in the Des Moines airport waiting to board my flight to Chicago. From there I will fly directly to Helsinki where my host family will be waiting for me 😊 it’s a long flight but I know I will be hitting the ground running (and hopefully taking lots of pictures). See you all on the other side!
moi moi 🇫🇮

Fic: Sweeter Than Fiction

Title: Sweeter Than Fiction

Author: Emily (Colferswift)

Rating: NC-17

Summary: The popular novel, “Avery & Jonas ” by B.D. Anderson was supposed to have a follow up. A follow up that was never published. Now, Kurt Hummel, his twin brother Cameron, and an entire fandom put together the missing pieces in a blogging community dedicated to the book. Now That Kurt and Cameron are moving to New York for school, Kurt still holds out hope for the lost sequel, but never expects to meet the faceless B.D. Anderson, and most certainly doesn’t expect to find him in the city that never sleeps. (Very loosely based on Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell)

Warnings: Age difference, (the younger man is of legal age) later sexual content, Professor/Student Relationship 

Word Count: (for this chapter) 2966

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thatclassicprep  asked:

Hi Mackenzie! My names Abbey, and I'm going to be a freshman at Ole Miss this fall! I was just wondering if you had any advice on being a freshman, I've gone to orientation and I LOVED it so much and I can't wait to officially start classes soon!

Hey girl! That is so exciting!! So happy that you are joining the rebel family! I loved orientation as well, and I met some of my best friends there last year! It’s crazy to think that was a year ago; it feels like last week!

 I get asked very frequently about advice for freshman. Here are some tips:

  • One of the most important things I learned Freshman year is that college is all about balance! Balancing studies, social life, friends, family, and time for yourself. It may take a few weeks/months to really get adjusted and find what is best for you! It took me a while to figure out the balance between social life and studying- but it was really easy once I figured out what worked for me! 
  • Don’t be nervous about freshman year; I know it can seem a little scary at first! You will make friends with people in your dorm and in your classes! You’ll be surprised by how many people you get to meet your freshman year! I recommend getting involved in something around campus. Whether it is greek life, events, sports, a club, or anything else that interests you, getting involved is a great way to meet lots of people and find your place. 
  • Make a packing list before the week you leave. Separate things between clothes/shoes/jewelry, school supplies, dorm things, etc. I usually just bring summery pieces and a few fall things. When I come home for Thanksgiving/Christmas break, I will grab some more fall/winter clothes! I definitely overpacked my freshman year, so I recommend only packing things you really need! 
  • Plastic drawers are awesome storage for dorm rooms! Loft your bed a little, and you can put plastic drawers under your bed to save room and store more things! I usually kept my shorts, sock, towels, and tshirts in those drawers! 
  • I wish I would have known this as a freshman- sign up for one extra class with the intentions of dropping one. You may show up to a class and realize it seems too hard or you don’t like the professor. I did this the second semester, and it was a great decision! I signed up for 19 hours, planning to probably drop biology. I ended up liking that professor and the time of the class, so I dropped my morning writing class instead! I definitely recommend doing this.
  • Go to class. Do not skip class or your grades will suffer. Also, try to sit in the front row in every single class. It is proven that the closer you sit to the professor, the higher your grades are. Grades are so important in college!
  • It’s okay if you don’t know what your major is yet! You will probably change your mind 15 times Freshman year, and that is completely fine! It’s also okay if you fail your first few tests, sometimes academics in college are an adjustment! If you ever are struggling in a class, go to the professor’s office hours. They are always willing to help and I promise it will make a difference! Also, you can always go and speak with your academic advisor if you ever need any additional help or advice! 
  • You will most likely get stuck in early morning classes as a freshman- I had 8:00 am’s every single day. You don’t usually get your first picks first semester of Freshman year, so it’s fine if you don’t get your perfect schedule! 
  • Find the best way for you to take notes! I learned that typing up my notes for each class worked best for me! I recommend trying different things and seeing what works for you! Studying in college is a lot different than studying in high school.
  • Find the library the first week of school. I didn’t make it into the library until my second semester of freshman year. It really is a fantastic place to study and get in the right zone (also- Ole miss tip: you can use your plus one in the Library! Good motivation to make it to the library) 
  • You can not study at the last minute, procrastination does not work well in college. Try to study a little bit every single day, it will help you so much in the long run! Same goes for projects and papers!
  • Keep in touch with your family! I call my parents several times a week and talk to Allie (my sister) every single day. They will definitely miss you while you are away at college! It’s also important to keep in touch with your high school friends! I try to talk to mine once a week or so in college, and spend time with them during breaks! 
  • Lastly, ENJOY FRESHMAN YEAR! It was probably the best year of my entire life; I made the most incredible friends and amazing memories! It is a year of growing, maturing, and learning. Don’t be afraid to be yourself and try new things. Freshman year is such a unique, exciting experience- I wish I could experience it all over again (probably why I keep calling Sophomore year ‘Freshman year part 2’! haha) I was so lucky to have such a perfect Freshman year. You only have one Freshman year of college, so don’t take it for granted. It goes by so, so quickly! 

Hope you have a great Freshman year! Hotty Toddy!! :)