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Tips for College Freshmen

The beginning of college marks an irreplaceable time in your life. These next four years will be filled with endless memories, new friends and exciting adventures both inside and outside of the classroom.

It can be scary and overwhelming to leave home for the first time, but there are a lot of ways you can prepare for this new change! Check out our tips below on how to make the most of this next chapter:

Be Prepared to Step Outside Your Comfort Zone

Think of college as a “fresh start.” For those of you who will be far from home or apart from all of your friends, we know there’s nothing worse than the fear of the unknown. But keep in mind so many others are in the same position—don’t be afraid to reach out to the group across the hall or to the person that sits beside you in class. After all, you never know where you’ll meet a lifelong friend.

Be a Joiner

There’s no time like the present. Keep an open mind about going to different functions or events, and don’t be afraid to attend them alone! Most colleges have programs for freshmen—maybe there’s an organized group of students in your major or a club focused on similar interests. Get involved! You don’t want to look back on your college years with a “should’ve, could’ve, would’ve” attitude.

Focus on Your Studies, But Not Too Hard

Be a good student, get your work done on time and study when you need to. But don’t overthink it! Sure, your number one priority should be to get an education but don’t discount the importance of the holistic college experience. Finding time to relax and be social is important, too! Need some ideas? Make time to learn about the surrounding area, explore campus, eat at the best restaurants in town—the possibilities are endless.

Don’t Forget to Sleep and Stay Healthy

Whether you’re up late studying for a big exam or you’re out late hanging with friends, keep in mind that sleeping is absolutely crucial for your overall well-being. You should be getting at least 8 hours every night. A lack of sleep can lead to fatigue and feeling sick, which could definitely put you out of commission for a few days. Diet and exercise are equally important, too.  Most campuses have a fitness center and a dining hall—don’t skip out! Exercise during the week and reach for fruits and veggies when you can.

Your college experience is supposed to be the four most memorable years of your life. Learn as much as you can and cherish every moment. Study hard, have fun and make some lifelong memories—we have a feeling you won’t regret it!

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