for the fall 2015 freshman...
since some of you are lucky ducks and haven’t started your freshmen year of college yet, lemme tell you some of what I learned in my first week (based off my university):
1. dont buy your books until the first day of classes unless they specifically tell you its required for that first day. I understand they’ll send you the syllabus but they are usually required to put books on there they aren’t actually going to use, and they’ll tell you what you ACTUALLY need the first day of class.
2. don’t BUY your books, especially from the university book store unless that is the only place you can get it. Amazon and my personal favorite, Chegg, rent them out for literally SO MUCH CHEAPER. I rented a $220 book for $23! And I received them in only three days. Chegg is amazing.
3. Don’t panic. Professors are aware its your first time in the rodeo. They aren’t going to get mad if you’re late the first day because you got lost. Campuses are confusing as hell.
4. If you’re worried you’re gonna get lost, find your classes BEFORE the first day. If you do get lost, just ask some one! It’ll be okay. Honestly, from the seniors I’ve met, half of them don’t even know whats going on and they’ve been there four years.
5. Don’t be afraid to sit alone, and don’t be afraid to ask someone who’s sitting alone if you could join them. At least at bigger universities (mine has 33,000 students) seating it limited in the food courts or wherever.
6. Remember everyone is just trying to figure everything out for themselves. It’ll be okay. It’s a whole lot different from high school but damn is it liberating. Enjoy the freedom as an adult. Don’t be scared.
All of this, again, is just from my first week of experience. Message if you questions!