How to Get Through Your First Year In College (and the Years to Come)

How to Get Through Your First Year In College (and the Years to Come)
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    At the end of summer, troops of freshmen will join colleges for their first time.

    It will be a time of new experiences; new dorms, classes, friends and professors.


As a freshman you’ll have a lot of independence and many critical decisions to make. The decisions you make and actions you take during your first year will have a long lasting effect on your college life.

A recent report by American College Testing indicates that nearly half of all freshmen drop out before obtaining a degree while one in every four college student leave before completing their sophomore year. But hey! This article is not meant to scare you away or take away the excitement that comes with joining college. It’s quite the opposite; a guide on how to survive your first year as well as thrive through college.

Tips that will help you survive your freshman year

  • Attend all the orientations –

    You need to go for those campus tours. The faster you know your way around campus, the quicker you will feel at ease being around. You will also be ready to deal with any issues that may arise.

  • Be organized –

    Unlike high school where teachers led you through all the assignments and their due dates, in college professors post assignments for the whole semester and they expect you to be prepared for them and submit them when they are due.

  • Attend classes –

    The freedom that comes with college life, including nobody being there to ensure you attend your classes, can lead to temptations of missing classes. Avoid the temptation because by attending lectures you not only get learning material but also vital information about what to expect in the tests.

  • Meet with your professors and get to know your academic adviser –

    Professors schedule office hours for meeting with students. When you get to know a professor, they will most likely help you out when you’re in situations later in the semester. An academic adviser on the other hand is the person who helps you with course conflicts and scheduling of future semesters classes.

  • Balance your life –

    In college there is a mixture of social and academic life. Don’t push the balance too far on either side. Have as much fun as you can and study as hard as you can.

  • Make time for you –

    Set some time apart for activities that help you relax. It could be watching your favorite TV shows, writing or going to play your favorite sport.

  • Create a budget –

    You have to keep track of your money and find ways to stretch it. This way you will not go broke before the semester is over.

  • Make new friends –

    I saved the best for the last. Making friends is very critical. You need people who are having the same experiences as you around so you don’t get too overwhelmed. It is time you get to know your new classmates, roommates and those in your dorm.

How to make new friends when you join college

  • Be yourself

    Show your personality and let your friends be drawn to whom you really are. Whatever college you join, you will find people who share your interests.

  • Have something that is unique about you

    It may be a hobby or a trait to make you look interesting. The good news is; we all have something interesting inside us.

  • Be nice

    It goes without saying that in order to forge new friendships you have to play nice.

  • Try to know a bit of everything

    Because you can never predict what the people you meet like to talk about and knowing something about everything will prepare you for any conversation.

  • Find common ground.

    When you spend time with people you share similar interests, the interactions become more exciting.

When you find your bearing in campus as a freshman, the following years become easy. You will have a group of friends around you, emerge with good grades during the first semester which will be a great motivation and generally have a good inclination towards college life. In other words, if you make the right call during your first year the other years will be easy to go through.

Maybe you have a friend or relative out there who is due to join college, lets make sure their excitement about joining college doesn’t come to a halt when they get there by sharing these sure tips with them on: Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or on your blog.

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