College is one of the most important times of your life. It will be filled with fun memories, times of joy, laughter, tears, and new experiences. Indeed you are supposed to have fun, open up, and find your new identity as well as build friendships that will last a lifetime. However, you must balance this with academics and your priorities. This can be especially overwhelming as a freshman. I am going to show you some tips to make the most of your college experience and make it through freshman year.
1. Make your academic studies a priority over everything else. This should be your number one goal when you go to college. Chances are your parents are paying a lot of money for you to go to school and school is not totally free. What a shame it would be for you to not have the grades to go back to school. I'm sure your parents would be disappointed as well.
2. Its important to make sure you have all of your information in order. Make sure you are receiving all of your financial aid for the semester, check to see that you are registered for all of the right classes and make sure you know where each of your classes are before the first day of school, and make sure you have everything you need to be successful for the semester.
3. It's okay to party just don't make it an every day thing. This is a sure fire way to lose focus and get kicked out of school. If you party non stop and don't put in any work then you are sure to flunk out of college.
4. Avoid peer pressure. You are going to be exposed to a lot of new things and your parents aren't going to be there to guide you. Your friends may pressure you to drink, steal, or party every other day. Resist the temptation and do what you need to do to graduate. The parties are going to be there and all of the social activities when you have time for them. You will thank yourself for doing that when you are walking on that stage.
5. High school relationships can be a big problem especially if your significant other is going to another college, or will be far away from you. This can cause you to lose focus with school and not socialize with anyone or open up. You may find it hard to concentrate on your doing your school work and your grades will suffer as a result. If you find it difficult to focus on school because of a long distance relationship, then you may want to consider just being friends or putting the relationship off. There are going to be other people on campus you may meet or someone else you may come upon.
6. Lastly, resist the temptation to take any and every class during your freshman year. By this I mean, don't take classes that don't apply to your major or take classes simply because your friends are taking those classes. You also should aim to take at least 15 credit hours each semester towards your major. This will help you stay on track to graduate.
These tips will definitely help you survive one of the most difficult times of your life. Freshman Year!!!