Here are 10 Things I Wish I Knew Freshman Year. I feel like most people write/talk about this in the hopes of helping freshmen out, but I think every freshman still wishes they knew this after the year’s out. I don’t know. What do you guys think?
These are all from my experience–add your own down below!
- Making a friend (or two, or three) in class is really, really helpful! To me, friendship is something to work hard for. I want great friendships, and those that aren’t great aren’t worth it to me. That’s probably why I don’t have that many friends. BUT the ones I do have are great friends! So, if you’re like me and you don’t just make friends out of the blue, getting out there and making contacts is really important. I promise it will help so much! You can study together, complain about class together, do homework together, share textbooks, or get notes if you miss class. And the friendship doesn’t have to be a long-term best buddies one either. While it’s good to be genuine, nice and kind with everyone, you don’t have to stay in touch once the semester is over….but I do advise keeping their contact info just in case…. 😛 I have so many contacts in my phone of people I probably won’t talk to ever again, but who’ve helped me, and I’ve helped them, through exams, notes and stupid homework assignments. So get out there, be nice, SMILE, and make some friends! Don’t be shy. There are nice people out there too. And who knows, you may meet your best buddy yet!
- Taking notes is more important than you may think. I have always really liked taking notes, and learned to do it fairly well in high school. But I didn’t know just how important notes would be in college. I expected the importance, just didn’t realize it. I advise you to take notes that aren’t literal transpositions of the professors words/textbook onto your paper. Put stuff into your own words, and that is the value of your notes. To you as well as to any classmate that may ask for them! Even for classes that to you are boring, easy, downright unbearable or you just don’t think you need to take notes for, take them anyway. It helps because a) you’ll stay awake and thinking b) when tests come around you won’t panic and c) you can make great study guides out of your own notes! (Let me know if you guys want a post on that–I made some great ones last semester AND it can be great fun!) So, take NOTES!
- Budget your “anti-stress, self-care” coffee expenditures. I think this applies to any year student, but mainly freshmen. I can’t say I’ve done well with this….I spent WAY too much precious “it’s only 3 dollars” last year on Chai Latte’s and the occasional breakfast. Why? First, because I don’t drink coffee, and second because when we’re stressed or tired, or both, a warm drink helps. Especially for your 8 AMs, especially at abhorred class’s exam time, especially when it’s a substitute prof. Basically any and all situations in college call for a coffee. 🙂 And I don’t want to take that away from you. Or from me! We’re just gonna have to budget. I will, I promise. Will you? Give yourself an allotted amount of money for the semester for coffee and make the rest at home. At my university, your student ID card also acts as a debit card on campus. I have never used it as such, but this semester I will for this very budget. And I’ll let you guys know how it goes….I’m up for the challenge! Are you? Let me know down below!
- Pack your backpack the night before. When you live in the dorms, or even if you have only afternoon classes, I guess this doesn’t really apply. But for me, because I have morning classes and have to commute, it really helps me to pack my bag the night before (just like I write everything down) because I won’t forget anything and it’s less time getting out the door in the morning. I highly recommend that and also keeping a very organized bag-helps a ton!
- Last but not least, find your best study place and study routine. What works best for you? Do you study best between classes, at night, in the morning? In your dorm or at the library? With others or by yourself? Do you like music when you study, or not? These little details are things that we take time to learn and they are really important. Making it easier to get your homework and studying done as efficiently and on as little caffeine as possible is our main goal. So find your niche quickly, it’ll save you time later!
P.S. One more thing: get those “buy ten get one coffee free” cards they offer you at the coffee shop. I never got them and one day realized that for the amount of times I refused I could have already had a few free lattes! It’s just another way to save money, and who doesn’t want to do that! 🙂