Moving away from home and being on your own for the first time can be a very stressful matter. Being a senior in high school can make you think you’re on top of the world but that mindset soon disappears when you become a freshman in college. Here are some tips on how to survive that first year of college from me, a girl who has “been there, done that”, to you.

  1. Your Roommate Might Not Become Your BFF.

We always hear the stories about how person A goes to college and rooms with person B, who is a stranger, and then they form an unbreakable bond. TV shows play this concept up big time, just like with Ross and Chandler from the TV show Friends. Your first college roommate can really shape your freshman year but most of the time you don’t end up being BFFs with your first roommate. It’s okay not to be friends with them as long as everyone remains respectful. My first college roommate and I didn’t even talk most of the time.

  1. Just Eat in the Dining Halls

Let’s face it most school lunches aren’t the tastiest but most on-campus students have to buy a meal plan. You’re going to want to go out every day and buy taco bell and Chinese food but don’t. It is a waste of money and a waste of your meal plan. There are many options on campus and I guarantee you will find something you like. It’s quick, easy, and a bit healthier for you.

  1. Buy A Watch

Since most of us use our phones to tell time it’s convenient to leave your phone hanging out on your desk but professors are getting more and more strict with their cellphone policies. Some professors will let you have it on your desk but most don’t even want to see it out. This doesn’t seem like that big of a deal because there must be clocks in the classroom, right? Yes, but 80% of the classroom clocks have the wrong time or just don’t work at all. Buy a watch and you won’t have to worry about your professor’s cellphone policy and it comes in handy when you have a test and can’t look at your phone without getting your test taken away.

  1. Read the Syllabus
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There is important information on the syllabus so just read it. You might even want to read it more than once. It not only tells you important information about the class but also the professor. For example, their office hours, the best way to get in touch with them, and the way they would like to be addressed.

  1. It’s Okay Not to Love College

Another common misconception about college is that everyone loves it. This is also played up by TV shows and movies. The reality is you probably won’t love it. You’ll be glad you had the experiences you did and the friends you’ve made but you will always be praying for the semester to end.

Everybody will have their own college experience but these general tips will help that nervous freshman who thought they were ready for the world.

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