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College Life: Freshman Advice

The transition to college is undoubtedly a difficult one, especially for many students this may be the first time they are away from their support systems back home. Here are some pieces of academic and social advice that pertain to making the best of your college experience!

The transition to college is undoubtedly a difficult one, especially for many students this may be the first time they are away from their support systems back home. It is also a lovely life experience and an incredible learning experience for those that are fortunate enough to pursue it and experience it. Here are some pieces of academic and social advice that pertain to making the best of your college experience!

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How to Make Friends:

The first few weeks of college are hectic chaos and sensory overload. Somewhere in the hustle and bustle of this adjustment period are YOUR new best friends!

  • Join clubs; any club (even if you think it’s outside of your comfort zone or interests)
  • Talk to anyone you meet (the first few weeks this is totally normal as everyone is trying to form groups)
  • Keep your dorm room door open
  • Host a get-together in your dorm room (movie viewing, card-game, general hangout)
  • Be active on social media sites with other members of your class (Grade-level group me , snapchat groups , imessage groupchats)
  • Join a group. At University of Michigan for example there “Michigan learning Communities” where people live, study and interact with each other in a dorm. It’s a great way to meet people with similar interests and goals.

 

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Dorm Advice:

There’s so much to unpack here (literally and figuratively) and it’s important to figure out just what you’ll actually need. :

  • Coordinate with your roomate on what each of you are bringing because there’s not enough room for duplicates
  • If your room has no AC then investing in a $20 fan is a life saver!
  • A lot of colleges offer appliance rentals and these may work out to be a cheaper deal (especially if your roomate(s) split the cost
  • The dorm rooms are definitely smaller than you think so try to avoid anything that’s bulky or unnecessary
  • A lot of colleges have welcome-week activities that provide free stuff or discounts to stores like Meijer (this is a good time to score some late deals on dorm room decorations)
  • Don’t buy everything all at once! While there may be some great back-to-school deals there are also amazing year-end and black Friday deals that offer even higher discounts
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Academic Advice:

Academics are crucial to a college career– It’s what you’re there for!

  • Go to office hours! Introduce yourself and ask for help when you need it (this is crucial!)
  • Join study groups or peer groups for subjects you find difficult
  • Form study groups with students from your class/ your dorm etc. even if you end up teaching more than learning it will still help you grasp the topic better. 
  • Don’t get too far behind by procrastinating because it all builds up
  • The more credits the class is, the more important it is to do well (there’s a larger impact on your GPA)
  • No classes are “blow-offs.” Every class requires effort and has a different expectation of workload, but having the attitude that a class is a “blow-off” is a bad idea.

 

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