Get with It at the Beginning of Your Freshman Year

Establishing some new rules for yourself during the first few weeks of college can help you create a strong foundation for your entire freshman year. Try these tips for starting college off right.

Get Organized

In your first classes, you will receive a lot of information, both as handouts and electronically. You need a system for filing both types of documents. You’ll also need to develop a good method for taking notes and keeping those organized. For example, some people maintain one notebook for the day’s notes and then copy them over into subject-specific notebooks. Not only will this help you stay organized, but it can also serve as a valuable study tool.

Get Sleep

Every time you’re tempted to cram and pull an all-nighter, remember that getting adequate sleep on a regular basis will help you remember what you learned all day. Your brain needs the sleep to strengthen your short-term memory.

Get Connected

Many new freshmen feel isolated when they first get to college. You need to reach out and connect to your new community. Join some sort of group or intramural sport. Many activities might even be related to your major, so you can get some related experience while making new friends. Talk to your professors and get to know them better – you do not need to be intimidated by them. And be sure to call home and talk to your family and old friends. They’ll all be excited to stay a part of your life and to hear about the great new things you’re doing.

Get Healthy Food

Of course you have heard of the Freshman 15 – it’s common because college students have access to a lot of late-night food and junk food. Remember, you need vegetables too! Try to make the late-night indulgences more of a splurge than something you do every day, and try to keep a balanced diet. You have a lot of work ahead of you, and staying healthy is an important aspect to keep you meeting the demands.

Get Exercise

Exercise is not only great for your physical health, but it can really help with stress. Plus, starting an exercise routine now will help pave the path for your future beyond college. Your school likely has a gym you can use for free or at a very low cost.

Get a Job

Whether a work-study award was part of your financial aid package or you could just enjoy some extra cash, a job is a great way to meet people and gain experience. Even if the job is not related to your major, you will be building your resume and gaining transferable skills. Dependability and attention to detail are great traits that will do you well in any line of work. And the paycheck will help you avoid additional money-related stress


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