Stepping Up: The Freshman Year

No matter how popular you were in high school, going to college is a whole new ball game. Even if you were the star quarter back on your high school football team, that fame isn’t going to carry over to college. Face it, high school is over it’s time for a fresh start, back to the drawing board!

I’ve seen it all – geeks becoming cool and studs turn into drool! College is your chance to prove yourself., for the first or second time. Don’t get me wrong but your freshman year is not bad. It can be a lot of fun. It all depends on how you approach it.

The first thing you got to think about is hanging with the right company. This is no time to become a reclusive hermit! Get out and meet people! This is the first step to making your life easier in college. Remember that you are in a new place and as a newbie you probably don’t even know where the bathrooms are. Making some contacts that have been around the school long enough takes the guess work out of everything.

Another easy way to know more about what to expect is to attend your freshman orientation. For those of you who plan to skip the orientation; you’d better think again! I missed my orientation and spent the next few weeks getting lost. The college I attended seemed like a maze that went on forever. So, if you don’t want to go through the same ordeal as I did, attend your orientation!

The last thing I can remember about freshman year was that every subject seemed to be a lot harder than they were back in high school. It required more analysis and definitely a lot more thought. I never really studied hard in high school but here I was spending every last waking hour burying my nose in a text book. Professors can be tough and many will not hesitate to take a shot at you in class, especially if you don’t bother to do your reading!

Freshman year is going to be an adventure. My best advice is relish every moment of it. Before you know it, it’ll be summer vacation and time for the sophomore year. Your first year in college can either be dreadful or the most enriching experience of your life. It all depends on how you plan to tackle it. Think of this as a fresh chapter in your life and a chance for a new beginning!