14 Things I Wish I Knew Freshman Year

From preparing and packing up your dorm necessities to saying your goodbye to family and friends – getting ready for college is an exciting time.
Arriving on campus can be overwhelming. You may feel intimidated, scattered and unsure how to be your “best self” while there. Here are some tips to help you get the most out of your freshman year.


  • Go to the library in between classes instead of heading back to the dorm. You’ll be surprised how much work you can get done during the day. Don’t forget your headphones.
  • Try to find you books in other places than the bookstore. You can save a lot of money asking upperclassmen or even checking websites like Amazon or BookFinder.com.
  • If an 8 a.m. class time will be tempting to skip, if possible, schedule yourself for a later one. Skipping class is a bad habit that you do not want to start.

Social Life

  • Have fun, but never lose sight of what you are there to do ? earn a degree.
  • Stay true to yourself and do not be afraid to say “no.”
  • Get involved with things that interest you. Join a club/group whether it be a Frat/Sorority, art club, singing group, quidditch team…it will be in your favor to meet people with similar interests and make new friends.
  • Always put your best foot forward. College is great place to perfect your time management skills, professionalism and work ethic before you hit the ‘real world’. Plus, the connections you make on campus could lead to a great job after graduation. Make sure the image you are conveying is a positive one to your professors and friends.

 Dorm Living

  • Buy earplugs.
  • Do your laundry and keep your dorm clean.
  • Take advantage of student discounts while shopping for food and other things.

 Staying Healthy

  • The “Freshman 15” is real and late night food can be a contributing factor. Manage your diet and wallet by using the dining hall. Have fruit and veggies on-hand for a quick pick-me-up during late night study sessions.
  • If you’re feeling sick, emotionally or physically, take advantage of the student health center and don’t be afraid to ask for help.


  • Your family misses you more than you think. It does not hurt to call them every once in a while.
  • Visit home whenever you can. It is good to get a break and a change the scenery.


Good luck to all of our incoming freshman! Here‘s to a fresh start and the beginning of a bright future.

Ganddini, Stefano. “21 College Tips I Wish I Knew Freshman Year. Especially #10.” Collegetopia. 24 Aug. 2013. Web. 14 Aug. 2015.

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