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College Series: How to Survive Freshman Year at College


The first thing to remember as you transition from high school to college is that you have lost your status from high school. If you were in with the popular crowd and at the top of your class, it no longer applies as you start your freshman year of college. The first year of college is really about starting over and redefining who you are as a young adult. There will be major changes that occur in this first year, both as an individual and groups of friends you flock to. Today I am going to share some tips on how to survive freshman year at college to ensure you don’t get caught up in thinking that the high school mentality of the last four years will bear any weight to your current lifestyle.


Get to Know Your Classmates
Forget the long term bond you have with those high school friends, while some will maintain a long-distance friendship with you, it’s time to start bonding with new people who will be with you the next years at college. Work to mingle and socialize with those who will be in your resident hall as well as your dorm roommate. If you can find some college mates before classes start, go for it! Make it a point to contact other college students and then set a date to gather as a get to know session. This will help ease the transition from living at home to living in a dorm room.

Know What You Need For Supplies
No more are the days of having a teacher tell you what to get for supplies and hold your hand to guide you along the way. Freshman year at college brings along a higher level of responsibility.  This means you have to be in tip top shape of knowing what you need to have for supplies this first year at college. Research your classes and find out what items will assist you to remain organized and be fully prepared for each course you have assigned to you.


Avoid Temptations
This freshman year at college is essentially your first year of being an adult, out on your own with trust to make good decisions. You made the right decision to further your education by attending college; don’t ruin it by falling into temptations. Sure it will be tempting to go out all night long and then sleep in a little because missing that first class won’t hurt you. Reality is that’s a habit you won’t want to get into. Make sure to avoid temptations that will come along during your freshman year of college. Try to maintain a level of pride that you continue living with the good morals your parents raised you to have.

Create a Balance
Freshman year at college will be super excited as it brings on new social settings for you. Not only are you learning new skills associated with the trade you wish to have a career in, you will be faced with new social gatherings. Learn to balance a social life, volunteer life and college course life together. Be sure to have a balance that works to inspire you to be the adult you desire to be while maintaining the social life that every human being needs.

Let's discuss: How did you survive your freshman year at college? 

Annmarie John
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  1. I remember freshman year and those temptations of partying in the week were really hard. But it's just like you say: you have to resist them or they will turn into bad habits. Although I'm no longer in school, I really like this post because it's very relateable. Great job!


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    1. Thank you Danielle, and I remember those days myself too and it was hard.

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  2. Well, I did actually gain the freshman 15! So that part wasn't good. I also ending up transferring because I was too far from home.But it all worked out for the best.

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  3. I never went to college but I went to sixth form and university, it was a great experience but I enjoyed it nevertheless.

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    1. Sounds like you had a great experience at Uni.

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  4. Freshman year of college was the wildest year of my life. Thankfully I don't have photos! To be young again though!

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    1. Oh I would have loved to see those photos. I miss those years.

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  5. I think meeting new people definitely helps! Having some friends to fall back on and study with when the classes start getting difficult is really nice.

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    1. It sure does help and having friends is also a great way to pass those difficult times.

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  6. These are great tips. Emailing this to my son in the next room so he will read it. I can't believe he is thinking college already.

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    1. I think it might have been easier calling him to see it. :)

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  7. A lot of kids are overwhelmed during their first year because they have no idea what to expect. I think these are spot on, you can't bring who you were in high school, it's a process of starting over and that's what's good about being a freshman all over again. These are very helpful pointers.

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    1. High school and college are two entirely different things, and you're right. A lot of them go in with their high school mentality and they realize that it's much different.

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  8. I studied part time so never had this experience as a young person. My sister, however, is still friends with many of the people she met during varsity. It's a magic time of your life.

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    1. It sure is magical. I still remember my college days and I'm still friends with most of them.

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  9. Beautiful pictures! You look great. Nice tips too, especially the create a balance one. Balance is so important for everything!

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    1. Thank you Erika, that's however my daughter who is in college right now.

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  10. These are very helpful tips. I was very nervous during the start of my freshman year. Meeting new people definitely helps.

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    1. It really does help doesn't it? You're going to need support during college and friends do help with that.

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  11. avoid temptations and creating a balance is the very best part of this as freshman. this way the goals of being in college will be easier to attain. great read.

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    1. Avoiding temptations can be difficult as a freshman but if you manage to do it, it will go so much easier.

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  12. A freshman times are long gone for me, but I remember how stressful period it was before I found my way around - these are very helpful tips! :)

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    1. Oh I remember those days myself and it was a rather stressful time for me too.

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  13. Freshman year can be so challenging and exciting all at once! These are great tips, definitely sharing with a few recent high school grads I know!

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    1. Thank you Michelle and yes you're right it can be both.

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  14. I moved out of state when I went to college and it was such an immense and exciting change. You're so right about your "status" from high school disappearing when you leave for college and you need to figure out the supplies that you need to make your time in college a success.

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    1. Yes it sure does. My daughter didn't move out of state but she moved pretty far away for college herself and she said the same thing.

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  15. Good tips! Just talked with my niece who started her new school last week and teh first thing what she said was that she doesn't want to make friends with the other student nor with those who lives in the same dorm. She says that she just stays in her room and watch Netflix. I so hope it will change soon and this is just because everything is new for her and she needs to adjust not living at home.

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    1. That could be. When you're in a new environment it can be tough but give her a few weeks, she'll warm up.

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  16. Changing schools was always hard to do. Love your tips, definitely very helpful :)

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    1. I remember when I went off to college, it sure was tough.

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  17. haha This made me think back to my first year. I stayed off campus which I would suggest to other freshman. I also just tried to keep to myself for the most part.

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    1. Sometimes it can be easier staying on campus, especially if you're new to the place and don't have your own transportation, but that sure is something to think of.

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  18. I LOVE posts like this. I breathe good advice, girl. I remember my 1st year of Uni (ages ago lol) like it was yesterday and I have made the most amazing friends when I used to be a student!! Absolutely love your tips & was nodding along to each one!
    Btw, your blog has got my attention from the get-go so say hi to a new follower, Annmarie <3
    Will follow you on socials & Bloglovin' to stay in touch.
    Pop over to my blog any time, girlie!
    xox Nadia
    www.mielandmint.com

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    1. Hello Nadia, thank you for stopping by and I will be sure to visit yours as well.

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  19. I went to a college where no one from my high school class went. I was able to start over and it was great! I really came out of my shell and was always making new friends. That's the one surprise that I loved about college. If you're always open to it, you can literally continue to make new friends all four years. That is exactly what I did. I also made friends all kinds of ways ... activities, clubs, friends of friends, people I met at parties that seemed nice. We were all stuck together and wanted to have fun.

    Nina
    aworldofdresses.com

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    1. College is a great way to make friends. I made some really great ones myself when I went to college eons ago and we're still friends to this day.

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  20. I completely agree with these. My first year I left my door open a lot at the start so people passing through in halls would see me and we could say hi. Made a lot of friends that way.

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    1. That's a rather unique way to make friends. I didn't stay on campus so I couldn't. :)

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  21. ah i remember my freshman day... it is quite tough for me you know .. especially that i didn't get many friends... I was able to survive it and things went good in my succeeding years.. I definitely agree withe creating balance.. that is something every student should establish so they can excel in both academic and socials

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    1. You most certainly need to create a balance and I'm happy to hear that you were able to make a few friends. I'm sure those that you made were lifelong friends.

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  22. Good tips! I think its too easy when starting at a new school to feel the need to fit in, whether that mean dressing a certain way, partying or drinking and it shouldn't need to be that way!

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    1. It really shouldn't. I went to college with friends that I went to high school with so there was no need to fit in.

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  23. These are some great tips. I wish I had read this post earlier but my brother will soon start so I will share it with him.

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    1. I'm sure there are advice that you can share with him as well seeing that you also went through this part of your life.

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  24. I loved college doing Animal care, was great. Love your post.

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  25. The first year of college is really all about finding yourself and trying to avoid temptations. I experienced so much my first year of college and it really prepared me for life outside of my family home and for later in life things like the job atmosphere.

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    1. Avoiding temptations can be tough when you're a first year student because you're trying so hard to fit in but it does prepare you for life on your own.

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  26. My best friend during college was my agenda! It helped me so much to maintain balance, to never forget any assignment, and to create a schedule for when to dedicate time to school and when to make time for myself.

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    1. Sounds like you had it all worked out in college. Agenda's are awesome!

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  27. Stepping outside your comfort zone was really important for me in college too. Specifically, I'm a bit shy so talking to people and making new friends was challenging at first.

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    1. It can be challenging. I know I'm not good when it comes to making friends but I got super lucky. I was able to go to college with friends from high school making it easy for me.

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  28. Great post on surviving your freshman year. I had to learn balance my first semester. I was studying too hard (go figure...lol). I think one of the things that stayed with me throughout your post was redefining yourself. I think college students redefine themselves each year that they are in college. It is an amazing time to learn and grow.

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    1. It really is a good time to learn and grow. I switched majors twice before I realized what I really wanted to do with my life. I'm an old woman now and even now I think I should have switched once more.

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  29. Getting to know your classmates is so important. You never know when you are going to need a support system while you are away from home.

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    1. You're always going to need a support system no matter where you are and friends can be that support you need for sure.

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  30. This is great advice. I am forwarding this to my daughter who is stressing in her first year of college. What a simple yet thoughtful post.

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    1. Thank you Keith and with some of your very own support she can get through this time of her life.

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  31. Ah, I miss my college days - too much fun! Meeting lots of people and stepping out of your comfort zone is what it is all about!

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    1. I don't miss my college days so much but I do miss some of my friends that I went to college with. :)

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  32. Great post. Very practical and I am making my college freshman daughter read this. She is stressing out about her first year. Very timely.

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    1. No need to stress about college, by the time her 2nd semester rolls around, she'll be OK.

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  33. This is such a helpful guide for someone who is about to start college! Especially the part about making new friends.

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    1. You're going to need to make friends, you never know when your'e going to need them.

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  34. Wish I'd read this during my freshman year! I used to sleep in, Drop classes, etc. I also have to say that what ruined me was listening to counselors that didn't know anything about class sequences causing me to fail completely and never recover =(

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    1. Awww, well it's never too late Shirley, you can always go back and now that you know better, you'll do better.

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  35. I can completely relate to this as I entered into college 10 years ago! Those first few days are critically important for you to build that confidence and really explore who you really are.

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    1. I went to college over 20 years ago and recently went back again and things are a lot different now than it was all those years ago but one thing remained the same, you need friends.

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  36. This is great advice! I didn't go away to college, and instead went to community college for 2 years before transferring. I still think it's important to avoid temptations and make friends at school.

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    1. Oh it's very important to resist all those temptations and trust me, there's a LOT out there.

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  37. Very interesting article I remember my freshman year back in 2014 fresh out of high school but I’m Jr in university one more year to go, you did very good job :D

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    1. My daughter is also now a junior with another year to go. While I'm happy that she survived her freshman year, I can't wait for her to graduate. :)

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