College Freshman Survival Guide

Kim M. By Kim M., 30th Mar 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL
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It's pretty normal to be nervous as a freshman. Yet fret no more, here's a list of tips and notes on how to prep yourself up for studying in a university.

Be confident in who you are.

Currently, I'm a upcoming sophomore student, yet before I entered college, one of the first advice my counselor gave me was to be who I am. Now that high school is over and that you are about to be separated from plenty of your high school friends, you will enter a new social circle in university life. It is important that you now who you are. A little identity reinvention is okay as long as you do not diverge so far from who you are in the inside. You will meet people who follow a certain style of life but changing yourself should not be a prerequisite. Be confident in who you are. Don't let them take that from you.

Know your professors well.

College professors may have a different teaching strategy compared to your previous school. This is why it is important to be keen on their expectations, teaching methods and evaluation styles. It is certainly a plus to give them a good impression that they would know who you are, since it can help you in the near future especially if you need to cite reference persons as you apply for a job.

Make new friends.

This is certainly not an invitation to ditch your old friends (don't!). Rather, it is time to widen your social circle and meet new people and learn new things from them. Having more friends allow you to cope better in school and they enhance your inter-relationships skills.

Have plenty of school supplies.

Once a new school year begins, it means you get the galore of buying new supplies. They don't have to be too expensive but they should be convenient to use and encourage you to do your homework and notes.

Take down notes.

With the advent of your new school supplies, it is equally important to put them to good use. Pay attention in class and make sure that you write down notes. You may not always have time to study especially if you have a pretty heavy schedule but at least you retain information as you've written them in notes.

Make revisions.

Reviewers are loads of help especially if you don't like to repetitively scan books for the notes you need. These reviewers are more lightweight and making them allows you to study at the same time. Don't forget to compile them since it is possible that your finals will include all your lessons since the beginning of the semester and your revisions will certainly come in handy.

Have fun.

Of course, college life is about giving time to your academics but that does not exclude you from enjoying social life. I have had good friends and we go out often but when it comes to academics, we all help each other study. On an added note, choose close friends wisely they make or break your college experience.


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Currently taking up a degree in Accountancy and I'd be more than glad to write life as a student.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
30th Mar 2015 (#)

The beauty is we can find many like us everywhere and the weirdos are in a minority. Being real can get us far. Best of luck - siva

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author avatar Kim M.
31st Mar 2015 (#)

Indeed, by being true to yourself you will soon find people with similar interests.

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author avatar Nancy Czerwinski
30th Mar 2015 (#)

Thanks for sharing your article. Smiles to you today.

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author avatar Kim M.
31st Mar 2015 (#)

You're welcome. All the more thanks to you for reading.

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