Sunday, January 29, 2017
Advice for a College Freshman
After many applications, college visits, and number crunching, you have decided the place where you want to spend the next 4-8 years. Then, comes the packing and getting settled into your new room before class. For the first few days, you meet so many people that you can hardly remember all the names. After a week of class, you begin to settle into a routine. You still have unanswered questions, might be a bit homesick, and are wondering how to comfortably settle into your new home. I asked a friend of mine who is a sophomore at the University of Toledo about what advice he has for freshman.
Figuring out what to do with all of my free time. In high school, there were no breaks in the day. In college, you might have a class and then a large break before your next class.
Things just worked out. I made friends easily and had a smooth transition.
The best thing you can do is not be shy. Try new things, but don't force yourself to get involved in organizations that you don't enjoy.
There are more people around to help you if you need it, but it's hard to get to know people unless you are really putting yourself out there.
My fraternity has helped me get involved around campus and make new friends. It also forces me to be more involved in the community and to make time for community service.
Study and go to class. Don't be afraid to ask questions and go to office hours.
There are so many people in the same situation as you right now. It may be uncomfortable at first, but jump in fully and you will be pleasantly surprised with the outcome.
Source: Jordan Skilliter