Freshman year of college: pretty exciting, right? It's also a huge first dose of freedom for a lot of you. While it's probably going to be one of the greatest time in your life thus far, a few mistakes can easily ruin the whole experience. Look for these 8 speed bumps, and avoid 'em.
1. You'll be lost in a sea of freshman and your professor will never know who you are.
Every fall, a new wave of bushy-tailed freshman wash ashore on the steps of big colleges and universities everywhere, and every fall these freshman become just a name and number to their professors. The one-on-one instruction of high school gets thrown out the window.
Visit your professors during their office hours. Suddenly you've gone from one of hundreds of faceless students in a huge lecture hall to the new kid that's showing a little extra effort, and jaded professors put names and eager faces together. Also, office hours are where you can discuss borderline grades and ask for extra credit assignments. Just don't suck up -- professors and their TAs can spot apple-polishers a mile away.
2. You'll be tempted to skip classes.
In high school, it wasn't easy to skip class. Unless you were Ferris Bueller, you had to go to school and be in your seat for every class. In college, the world is your oyster and you don"t have to go to that 8 a.m. "Intro to American Literature" if you don't want to. The problem is, once you skip one class, skipping additional classes gets easier.
Get out of bed and go to class, frosh. It's easier than trying to fill in the gaps and borrowing unreliable notes from your classmates. That said, if your professor takes an attendance grade, you have no say in the matter.
3. You'll regret jumping into that exclusive relationship.
I know, I know -- the heart wants what the heart wants, but your freshman year of college is going to be one of the busiest years of your life: Overwhelming workloads, new schedules, new friends, intimidating profs, new social life, and that list goes on. The last thing you need is the drama of a relationship closing you off from loads of new -- ahem -- "social opportunities."
Play it by ear -- keep your schedule open. Your school will have dozens of free-for-student events every week -- go to those. But what if you enter college and you left a significant other back home? Good luck. Most 17-year-olds have a hard time adapting to going off to college as they leave their S.O. back home. Ever heard of the Turkey Dump? It's what happens when a student returns home from college during Thanksgiving and breaks up with their high school significant other. There are exceptions to the rule, but these are very few and far between.