What You Need to Consider ๐Ÿค” Your First Semester in College ๐Ÿข ...

Starting any new chapter in your life can be daunting, but first semester of college takes it to a whole new level. If youโ€™re anything like me, as an incoming freshman you probably have at least a million questions and concerns! As you tackle the many tasks ahead of you, keep these pearls of wisdom in mind.

1. You Have 4 Years

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Four years does go by quickly, but at the same time slowly. Think back to high school; by the end you felt like youโ€™d been there for ages and couldnโ€™t wait to get out, right? College will feel the same way in that once you graduate, it will feel like itโ€™s flashed by, but while youโ€™re there, youโ€™ll have four long years to accomplish everything you want to do. Knowing this, you shouldnโ€™t overwhelm yourself. Donโ€™t spread yourself too thin trying to do everything Freshman year. Instead, add a little bit to your schedule each semester so you give yourself time to adjust.

2. No One is an Expert

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Donโ€™t be scared of venturing out of your comfort zone simply because you think youโ€™re not good enough. Newsflash: Youโ€™re 18, no one is good enough! There may be a few geniuses here and there, but generally, college is a safe space to try new things, gracefully fail at a lot of things, and succeed in a few.

3. Itโ€™s the Best Time to Make Friends

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Youโ€™ve probably had a pretty consistent friend group for the past four years, maybe even longer. And now you have to start from scratch! So make a goal for the first month, quarter, or semester (depending on how much of a social butterfly you are) to meet someone new every day! Some will be nothing more than a friendly face in the hallway, others will become your best friends for life! But youโ€™ll never know if you donโ€™t say hi.

4. Help is There, You Just Need to Ask

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Your school has so many resources available to you around every corner! Advisors, RAโ€™s, TAโ€™s, professors, and more! Even though they go by different names and fill different niches, ultimately they share one thing in common: they want to help you! Never hesitate to ask the most appropriate source for help and your first year will go much more smoothly.

5. Youโ€™re Not a Full Adult Yet

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On campus help isnโ€™t the only help available to you. Even though youโ€™ve moved out, youโ€™re not a true โ€œadultโ€ yet. So donโ€™t worry, you can still rely on your parents and other trusted adults when you need to. Anyone you need is just a phone call away!

6. Keep Your Priorities Straight

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A skill you do need to develop as a half-adult is prioritizing. When you were younger and under the control of adults, this was usually done for you. But now the ball is in your court. You need to get your priorities straight! Butโ€ฆ what exactly should your priorities be? As a basic outline, health is number one, so sleep, stay active, and talk about your problems to ensure youโ€™re mentally and physically healthy. Grades come in second, and partying, even though itโ€™s a fun and important part of college life, comes in last.

7. Life is Longer than You Think

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Believe it or not, 22 isnโ€™t old! You have your whole life ahead of you once you graduate. You donโ€™t need to have it all figured out yet, so if thatโ€™s a source of stress for you, you can take a deep breath and forget about it! No matter what, youโ€™ll end up changing your mind about something, whether itโ€™s your major, your job, your plans for grad school, or anything else. Accept this and enjoy the moment!

I hope that youโ€™re as excited for freshman year of college as I was! Itโ€™s going to have some rough patches, but overall, if you keep this advice in mind throughout the year, freshman year should be a really great journey for you! What other things should freshmen keep in mind their first semester of college?

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