21 Tips Every College Freshman Needs to Know – The Smokey Dogs

Freshman year of college or High School will be super fulfilling, fun, and even mind-expanding. But it can also be a time of realizing you don’t really know how to work in this real world. While the new level of freedom college students get can be nice, there are certainly times when you simply really don’t know what to do. fortunately, a lot of people have made it through to tell the tale. Here’s a list of 21 LifeProTips college graduates would like they had known when they 1st showed up on campus. Good luck, and have fun!

1.  Don’t attend an expensive private university if you have to pay for it entirely with loans. DON’T! Aim for state schools. Or attend community college for 2 years and then try to get into someplace affordable. But DON’T take out a mortgage for a bachelor’s. It will hold you back for years.
2. Most English words that act as a verb and noun do so by stressing different parts of the word. This small detail can enhance how people understand the things you’re saying or writing.
For Example:
·   You conTRACT a disease, but your doctor signed the CONtract saying he won’t tell your wife.
·    Your car had an IMPact with a wall, this has imPACTED your family negatively.
· The human race needs to proGRESS. We haven’t made much PROgress.

3. for those of you going to college for the first time: GO TO CLASS! No matter how hungover, tired, or busy you may be, being present is the most important factor in succeeding in your first year as you adjust to living independently. Missing class is a slippery slope to failing out.
4. When you know where you are going to college, make sure to decline the others. People often end up on waitlists and the sooner that you decline the more likely they may be to get in. It could be their dream/reach school.
5. When checking your application before you submit, pretend that you are an admissions officer reading your own application.
   when a student should do this and how this will help?
  Well, for one thing, I think it helps students actually determine if they should be applying to their selected schools. If you started off as a knock out student and then sort of coasted after that or maybe took a downward turn, you probably aren’t a strong academic fit for an Uber elite even if your GPA is reasonably strong.
    It also lets students know where their areas of strength and weakness are. This could help students pick new majors or reflect on classes they truly enjoyed/hated. That’s all important stuff.

6. For your freshman year in college, don’t room with your friends from high school. This will give you an opportunity to branch beyond your circle and create new connections. Still stay with people from high school, but focus on building connections. Ultimately, life is about who you know.
7. Apply to Colleges Based on Ranking of Individual Programs (Majors), not the overall “holistic rankings“.
8.  College is not the only way to begin a good career. Apprenticeships or Internships, Trade colleges, military training and any other courses related to your field may be great alternatives in today’s world.
9. Get to know your professors early. In your later years, good relationships with professors will lead to recommendations, scholarships, internships and research and job opportunities.
10.Get organized. Somehow. I put every assignment and appointment in a Google Calendar and set daily “to-dos.” Every Friday (or Thursday, because sometimes my weekends started on Thursdays, which was incredible) I created a list of everything I needed to do that weekend, and I stuck to it.
11. Use your weekends to your advantage. Things really slow down, so it’s a perfect opportunity to jump-start a paper or a reading.
12. Learn how to write papers in ways that work for you. I always wrote whatever I wanted for the assigned length of the paper. Then I wrote a schematic of what had I puked onto the page, re-organized that schematic into a structure that actually made sense, and fleshed out key details and holes. Some people write a full outline and then start. Some people organize by the scholar, case study, source text, or school of thought. Whatever you do, come up with something that works for you.
13.  Ask for help. Your professor’s office hours, a tutor, the writing center, the counseling center, your classmates. Nobody will think less of you. (Pro-tip: asking classmates for help means talking to the smartest people in your class, which also usually means the most interesting people. Talking to interesting people, I would argue, is the whole point of college.)
14.  “It’s hard” is a TERRIBLE reason to not take a class. The best classes I’ve taken have also been the hardest classes. “It’s Hard” is also the name of a pretty bad album by The Who.
15.  Go to campus conversations and events about topics that are outside your subject area. Just because you’re not studying it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t learn about it. This is the one time in your life where you will have the benefit of professors lecturing for free right outside your door. (Also, these events tend to have free food.)
16.  Keep a novel going to read for fun. I would start all of my library sessions just by reading a little bit for my own enjoyment. The idea was to get my brain going with a warm-up before I jumped into the work I would get graded on. Crosswords, Sudoku, and Chess are good alternatives to this if you’re not much of a reader.
17.  Find a hobby. It’s really important to be able to do something that is productive but not academic. You won’t feel bad about working on this thing, because it’s productive, but you simply can’t spend all of your time on your studies. I played a lot of music, but I know people who tried woodworking, knitting, yoga, improv comedy, and one guy with a unicycle.

18. Do not judge anyone’s character or personality (unless they do something very heinous) during their first semester. Everyone in the first semester is very desperate to be liked, and people tend not to do their best when they’re under that kind of pressure. Let people (and yourself) mellow out a little bit before you start deciding who you like. This advice goes double for sophomores, juniors, and seniors who are passing judgment on incoming first-year students.
19. Give people room to change and become better people. The college has a way of knocking people down a peg. If you meet someone who looks like they need that, check back on them in a year or two.
20.  Meet older students. It doesn’t matter if you do it through clubs or sports teams or various communities, but these people have all the key info on your school or college, like which classes and professors are good, where to go for really good Vietnamese food, and which improv groups to see. They will also invite you to the cooler parties.
21.If you’re unhappy, make a change. Cut or change an extracurricular, start hanging out with different people, break up with that person. Just don’t make changes indiscriminately — try to find the root of your dissatisfaction and fix that.
  

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