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  • Tips to My Freshman Self

    by Katie Byers | Sep 12, 2016
    <p>First-years! You&rsquo;ve officially been a college student for two weeks, congrats! Transitioning from high school to college is a big step. Talking from experience, in just two years here, I&rsquo;ve grown so much as a person and have learned more about myself than I thought was possible. Learning how to live on your own and managing school, work, friends, and everything in between is hard work. It&rsquo;s not as easy as it looks. From ruining a load of clothes when doing laundry to locking myself out of my dorm room, there are a few things I wish I would have known as a freshman.</p> <ol> <li>Join a Club: Pick something you enjoy and take a friend. You&rsquo;ll meet others with the same interests you have. </li> <li>The third brownie is always less tasty than the first: Freshman 15 is a real thing. Make sure to establish limits when it comes to unlimited food in Haist Commons. </li> <li>Get to Know Your Professors: Just do it. They&rsquo;re here to help you. Trust me, it will be worth it. </li> <li>You don&rsquo;t need three different shades of the same scarf: Less is more when it comes to packing. Scale back on your clothing, it won&rsquo;t matter by the time midterms come around. You&rsquo;ll be bumming it every day anyway. </li> <li>Ask for Help: Seriously. Everyone on this campus is willing to help you out&hellip; with anything. Whether it is your professor, an upperclassman, your RA, or SOL, they want to help you succeed. It&rsquo;s better to ask for help now than to waste time on something because you were too scared to ask. </li> <li>Social Media: This is a small campus. Faculty can and WILL see your posts. Don&rsquo;t do anything stupid on social media that you wouldn&rsquo;t want to show your grandma!</li> <li>Wildcard Class: Take a class you never thought you would enjoy. I took a communications class and I loved it. You never know, it could lead to a minor of some sort in the end!</li> <li>Own it: You&rsquo;re considered adults now. You make a mistake; you take the blame. Own up, learn, and move on.</li> <li>Don&rsquo;t be Scared to Fail: There will be days you feel like you just ran into a brick wall and then were hit by a truck. It&rsquo;s college. You&rsquo;re going to fail at something. It&rsquo;s inevitable. Don&rsquo;t get too worked up about it. Just ask yourself, &ldquo;Will this matter in 50 years?&rdquo;, if not, move on, and learn from it. </li> <li>Breathe: I know. It&rsquo;s overwhelming, but these are the best four years of your life, so enjoy every bit of it.&nbsp;</li> </ol> <img src="/images/default-source/social-media-and-official-blogs/katiebyers033fd0922d02625b9ff6ff0000763cab.jpg?sfvrsn=d13db262_0" data-displaymode="Original" alt="KatieByers" title="KatieByers" /><br /> <p><em>Katie Byers '18</em>&nbsp;<em>is a&nbsp;biology-chemistry&nbsp;major &amp; business minor. A member of the women's basketball team, she plans to study abroad in New Zealand in February 2017, and her dream job is to work at an orthopedic hospital.</em></p>