Going into college is a crazy and intense thing. To many, it means leaving behind family, friends and pets, which we all know you’ll miss your beastly best friend the most. Going through my freshman year was pretty difficult. My whole life I was dictated by my parents and had a ton of rules, and the second my parents left after move in day, I was left with freedom. So much that I basically went crazy to a limit.
Looking back, I do regret some things, and wish I did a few things differently, but there is nothing I can do about it now except learn from my mistakes and experiences and share them with y’all. So, here a few quick tips! I will post so many of these over the next few weeks for the incoming class of 2019!
1.) GO TO CLASS. I don’t give a flying squirrel how many people say “oh I don’t need notes” or “The professor posts the power points online”. Let me tell you a thing. Many of my professors include things they say in class on the tests and you won’t know what they said if you aren’t there. I had to start to take notes with a voice recorder and try and catch as much as one professor said. On one test, he asked a question similar to “What was the name of the rap song we listened to in class?” If I wasn’t in class that day (it was a Criminology 101 elective) I would not have known the answer to that question.
It was Clique by Drake for y’all that were wondering.
2.) Always, I mean always, back up everything on your laptop. If you can do dropbox, do dropbox (I have no idea what I’m doing there so I don’t use it). I go the old fashioned way and have myself a handy dandy USB Flashdrive. It’s simple, portable, and I keep it on my lanyard along with my building key card and room key. I can use it on the school computers, my laptop, basically anywhere. Plus, you never know when your bio teacher is going to bring up a lesson you had 3 months ago. It’s always good to keep all your electronic notes, essays, everything. Never know when you will need it again.
3.) Depending on your school, you may need to pay to wash your clothes. At my school, I never had to, but I know a few people who had to pay anywhere from $.75 to $1.25 to wash clothes, and the machines only took quarters. My tip for you, even if you don’t have to pay, is to bring enough clothes to go up to two weeks without washing clothes. Either way, you are still spending money on detergent and it will save you some money in the long run.
4.) Another tip with washing clothes – I don’t care if you’re in class. I don’t care where you are. If you don’t leave a note saying “Hey I’m wherever and if you don’t mind, please throw my clothes in the dryer and start it? Thanks! -302 (:” I will take your clothes and I will throw them on the counter and use the washer. Leaving your clothes in the washer is rude, and if you don’t dry your clothes fast enough, they can get musty and smelly. So please, set alarms on your phone or leave nice notes if you have to go somewhere.
5.) Coffee will become your best friend in college. Or redbull. Or something with a ton of energy crap that will help you stay up late to do last minute class work. My recommendation is don’t drink too much caffeine. It’s really not healthy (especially the redbull) and can make you extremely anxious. Just eat healthy and stay hydrated – that should give you enough energy to work late on that history paper due in 3 days.
6.) If you ever have any questions about anything at all, go see your Resident Advisor or your Area Director!!! That is why they are there! They are probably one of the best sources on campus unless you have a problem with things that are over their head. But, when it comes to roommate problems, which shoes go with what outfit, or just wanting to rant and vent about how difficult and annoying your Macro Economics professor is, RA’s are definitely the way to go. The AD is for more advanced problems like severe roommate problems, and stuff. But still useful.
Well those are only a few of the tips I could give you. If you ever have any requests, want to know about anything else I haven’t mentioned, email me! I am here for you, my loves!