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Tips for Your Freshman Year at College

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Leaving home and starting college can be an exciting and stressful time. There are things you can do to prepare yourself that will help make your first year go more smoothly. To make your transition to college easier, we’ve compiled tips below to help you get started on the right foot.

Get to know your roommate and Resident Assistant (RA)

You and your roommate will be sharing a very small space, so it’s a good idea to get to know who you’re living with and be able to talk to them if issues arise. Good communication skills are a must when living with a roommate. Your RA is a great resource and will help if you have a problem or just need someone to talk to.

Get Out and Explore

Make sure you go to all of your orientations. Some may sound boring, but they provide a lot of useful information and opportunities to meet people. Join a club and connect with people who have similar interests as you. Most colleges have welcoming communities that help students get involved and meet people.

Develop a Studying Routine

It’s easy to get distracted by social events and the urge to binge watch your favorite shows. Developing a routine can help you focus while preparing for exams. Find a quiet location away from distractions. It could be at the library or even outside under a tree. Once you have your chosen spot, decide on a studying schedule . Deciding what days and times you’ll use for studying can help you stay organized.

Find Balance

Balance is key during your first year of college. It’s important to have fun while also taking the time needed outside of classes for studying or group projects. Don’t get too distracted by your newfound freedom. Make sure you’re getting a balanced amount of socializing and studying.

Are you heading off to college? We hope these tips help you prepare for your first year. Check out our College Survival Guide and get resources like a packing list, study planner, and emergency contact list.

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