The following article will provide valuable information to any incoming freshman who will be starting their first year of college. I have compiled this information from personal experience as well as advice I picked up from other people. Often times, a great number of freshman don't end up making it to their sophomore year of college. I am going to show you how!!
Step 1: You must make your academic studies your priority when you are in college. After all, this is the main reason you are in college in the first place. There is a good chance that your parents are paying money for you to attend school or the college is offering you loans to finance your education. It would be a great dissapointment if you were not able to return to school because your grades are too poor. You would not only let your parents and family down, but you would still have to pay back those loans that the school gave you even if you don't graduate.
Step 2: When you are in college, you are going to have more freedom than you probably ever had in your life. Chances are, you will probably be far away from home and you will be on your own. With that said, it is okay for you to party but not on an everyday basis. If you are partying everyday then this is a sure fire way to lose focus and get kicked out of school.
Step 3: Avoid peer pressure and negative temptations. You are going to come into contact with people from all walks of life who have different interests and likes. Some of your friends may pressure you to drink, do drugs, steal, party everyday, or do other counter productive things. These things will do nothing but cause you to lose focus and get on the wrong path. Resist these temptations and focus on what you need to do in order to graduate from college.
Step 4: High school relationships can pose a big problem especially if your girlfriend or boyfriend is going to another school. There will be many new people and some of them people you may take a liking to or they may become interested in you. You may not open up and meet new people if you are tied down with someone back home or a significant other from high school. If this causes you to lose focus or if you are having trouble with college, then you may want to consider just being friends or putting the relationship off. There will be plenty more people that you may meet.
Step 5: My last step is to resist the temptation to take just any class during your freshman year. This could end up delaying your graduation or putting you behind the eight ball when it comes to the classes your need. Make sure you work with your counselor to make sure you are taking the right classes. You also want to try and take at least 15 hours a semester.
In conclusion, these tips will help any incoming freshman survive their first year of college. Good luck and see you on graduation day!