8 Realities Incoming College Freshmen Can Expect

Submitted by: fancylad 3 months ago Lifestyle

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.
 
Solution
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.

Solution
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."
 
Solution
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.

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There are 8 comments:
Male 511
I went to a tech college. VERY different experience.
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Male 416
All from experience, fancylad, both in negative and positive ways. I could probably dig up some more...

OH! Here`s one: ask out that super-cute Japanese girl or deep down you`ll regret it for the rest of your life...
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Male 2,584
[quote]This article was originally published on ehow[/quote]

Still shill`n for demand media after all that? Say it ain`t so!

Also, books. They`re always free on the internet somewhere.
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Male 3,452
The freshman 15 also includes losing 15 pounds.


I would also suggest for college students to take advantage of facilities on campus (gym, tutoring programs, counseling, etc)
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Male 20,061
Darkalen: Damn, these are perfect points that SHOULD HAVE been included in this list. I got taken by your first point -- I was screwed for $1,200 my freshman year which might as well have been a million dollars back then.

If you ever want to write a Part 2 to this list, you have the green light -- you obviously know what you`re talking about.
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Male 416
Do NOT get suckered in a credit card by one of those "nice" reps sitting outside the bookstore.

Get to know your campus and how to get around it BEFORE your classes start: 1) you won`t get lost your first day; 2) you can make friends (and friends with benefits) by helping others get around.

Stand your ground against arrogant professors. As they say, this isn`t HS anymore, and they`re right. If you get kicked from the class you can always take it again.

Be a dratting adult. You`ve wanted to be treated like one well now you are. Mom and dad aren`t there: get out of bed in the morning, go to bed at night, do your work, party reaponsibly and balance you time.

Basement partiea really are sausage fests and they auxk accordingly, so to counter that, show up 30 min early and help bring the kegs downstairs. You may just get to run the tap all night (and reap the benefits).
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Male 1,906
"ok"
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Male 20,061
Link: 8 Realities Incoming College Freshmen Can Expect [Rate Link] - Any incoming freshman out there? You might want to read this to avoid the pitfalls so many others before you have made.
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