The Top 10 Tips For College Freshmen

 

 

By: Thompson Imasogie

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Being a freshmen in college is an experience that one will never forget. Whether its your first time attending freshmen orientation, meeting new friends, hooking up with a total stranger at your first frat party, etc.. I it is fair to say that college is a time of not only personal and academic growth, but a time to make new memories and form bonds that last a lifetime. According to the September 18, 2012  article of Psychology Today Dr. Marilyn Price-Mitchell explains that “Going to college is a big step in a child’s life. They will gain new knowledge and meet new friends..experiment with new behavior and reflect on the people they want to become.” So with that said here are The Top 10 Tips For College Freshmen. Now although these tips wont tell you which protein shake to use, or how to hold down your liquor after a wild night, they’ll still serve as a guide to help you maximize your academic and scholastic potential.. after all, we can always get to that other stuff later!

10. Always get enough sleep

As college students we often tend to stay up all night to study and do homework. We feel that since we are young we can stay up late and remain focused the next day. The university Health center at The University of Georgia reports that college students need 6-10 hours of sleep each night and during sleep the brain organizes, sorts and stores what it experienced that day, making it easier to recall later.

 http://www.uhs.uga.edu/sleep/

9.Don’t be afraid to explore

Coming into college few students actually know what they want to major in, the rest of us go into the “undeclared” pool.  Contrary to popular beliefs being an undeclared major is not a bad thing.  Professional staff at University of Alaska Fairbanks say that being undeclared gives students an unbiased chance to see what they really want to do. Once you find what you really like you’ll likely do better with it because it interests you.

 http://www.uaf.edu/gs/beingundecided/

8.Try to make healthy food choices

Making healthy food choices in college as a freshman is hard, but not impossible.  Whatever campus you are at has some type of salad and or vegetable bar, it is up to you to take advantage of it.  Consumer Reports gives a list of some healthy foods that you can make like frozen vegetable steamers, and yogurt. Keeping your body healthy will in turn help keep your brain healthy and working at its best.

http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/news/2013/08/healthyfoodchoicesforcollegestudentsonthego/index.htm

7.Find a great mentor

As a college freshmen, everything is new to you and many times you need a mentor to guide you. Mentorships are important because you are shown the direct way to do things, you do not have to struggle on your own. We say reach out to a junior or senior and ask them for the lay of the land. They will help you steer clear of some of the pitfalls and can show you good study habits as well as the best party spots.

www.beamentor.org

6.Learn how to network

As a freshman one may not be able to see all the benefits of this, but when it comes time to get a professional letter of recommendation,  you will be grateful you learned how to network.  A study at hope college finds that networking is one of the best ways to find internships, post graduation jobs, and many other activities. You can begin building your networking pool with student organizations and campus departments.

 http://www.hope.edu/student/career/resources/Networking.pdf

5.Go to class

No matter how much you don’t want to go, no matter how hard you partied the night before, go to class.  Not only are you wasting a ton of money every class you miss but you are also giving the professor an excuse not to bump your grade if you are on the border.  The University of Texas describes the importance of class by saying you may not only miss assignments, but also the freebies and extra credit a professor may give out. Make sure you do your due diligence to get to class.·         

http://www.uta.edu/universitycollege/current/firstyearstudents/videoadvice/mattontheimportanceofstudyingandgoingtoclass.php

4.Get to know your professors

Getting to know your professors is one of the most important things that you can do.  There are thousands of students in college, there needs to be some way that you stand out.  Knowing your professor could be the difference between an A and a B. It could also be the difference between having a job when you graduate and not having a job when you graduate. As we mentioned networking is really important and your professors are some of the most well connected people on the campus.

 http://collegelife.about.com/od/academiclife/ht/gettoknowprofs.htm

3.Talk to your academic advisor

Talking to academic advisors can save you a ton of money and get you on the right track for success in your college career. For instance many students are unaware that there is a minimum amount of credits that you must take per semester in order to graduate on time.  Advisors may even be nice enough to help you out with scholarships, internships, and advice.

 http://www.siena.edu/pages/2241.asp

2.Learn to plan

Unlike high school one has free range to everything in college girls, parties, and things you could never do with parents around.  Being in this environment causes one to ease up on school work making you miss assignments and important dates.  Planning can save your life, having things written down weeks in advance could potentially allow you to go to the party of the year and also be ready for a test the next morning. According to “The Importance of Career Planning” by Bright Hub that same planning could help you prepare for your post graduation career.

 http://www.brighthub.com/education/college/articles/69462.aspx

1. Get involved

Getting involved is not only great for a resume but it is also a way to make friends, and get your name heard around campus.  Students at Marietta College reflect back on campus involvement saying that it is a great way to find yourself because you are trying things you have never done before. So  find something that you’re interested in or something you’ve never tried and get involved.

 http://news2.marietta.edu/node/1660

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