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Heading into your freshman year is a change. People give you lots of do’s and don’ts. It can be overwhelming and sometimes you’re not sure how to handle it. These tips will help you survive your freshman year with things you shouldn’t do.


  1. Avoid making friends:
    You may feel alone and nervous at first, but it is important to remember that everyone is in the same boat as you! Instead of sitting alone in the dining hall, go sit with a random group of people and both you and they will be happy you did.
  2. Take a million classes or really hard classes:
    Remember this is your freshman year and it’s a big transition from high school. Taking more classes than recommended probably won’t do you any favors–you can do that next year. For now, take intro classes that are interesting, but manageable so that you can really get your feet on the ground in your new home.
  3. Be close-minded:
    Be willing to get to know everyone that you meet, don’t write them off if they look like someone you don’t want to be friends with. Give all of your classes and professors a second chance. Get to know your campus so that you can learn to think in different ways.
  4. Settle:
    You are in a new place with a new class. Don’t settle for people who don’t treat you well, or boring classes. Make the best friends that you can find and take classes that peak your interest.
  5. Isolate yourself: 
    Get involved on campus in clubs, meet with professors, try new activities, figure out what is fun to do around your college town. Don’t spend all of your time in the library or cooped up in your dorm. You’ll regret it!
  6. Leave your drink unattended:
    You are responsible for yourself and when you put your drink down,  you don’t know who could have put what in it, if anyone else drank from it, etc. (same goes for drinking out of an open punch bowl or some concoction you don’t really know the recipe for.)
  7. Ignore your parents:
    Remember to call or talk to your parents frequently. They constantly worry about your well-being especially when you are out of their sight and living on your own. You begin to appreciate them a lot more when you’re not living under their roof, so show them how much you appreciate and miss them.
  8. Look so far ahead: 
    Even though college is supposed to prepare you for the real world, for a job, and your future, you can’t constantly dwell on that. College flies by and all of a sudden you’re a senior headed off to graduation and you barely even blinked. Live in the present!
  9. Second guess yourself:
    Your gut is usually right, so if you don’t feel comfortable with doing something, don’t! (Unless it’s a test you have to take or something, sorry). It’s okay to make mistakes and take risks, but don’t put yourself so far out of your comfort zone that you will regret it. Don’t second guess your values and morals that you have grown up with.
  10. Be afraid:
    College is a chance to learn who you are, make mistakes, do things you have never done and never will be able to do again. While it is scary at first, its an adventure and you’ll be fine!

Do you find these ‘don’ts’ helpful?

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