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Here is a list of 10 tips I wish someone pressed into my head when I was a college freshman. I know it seems like you have the rest of your life ahead of you, but I promise it will be here before you even know it!

1. Get involved!  – You may have been extremely involved in high school and think now is the time to take it easy, meet new guys and friends and party. Oh, you couldn’t be more wrong! Join clubs, attend events, seriously – get involved in anything and everything you can.

2. Listen to the upperclassmen – I know it seems ridiculous and you’ll hear SO much advice you let it go in one ear and out the other, but really, they’ve been there and lived out 4 years… when I was a freshman I didn’t listen either – now I wish I did. They give great advice, so make sure to really absorb the tips they give you.

3. Get to know your teachers – College work is A LOT different from high school work. Get to know your teachers, they will help you out. And if they are a specified teacher in your major, odds are you will probably have them more than once, so you want to get on their good side. Also, one day you’ll need letters of recommendation and guess who you’ll be turning to…

4. Try new things – You may go to college not knowing exactly what you want to do with your life. Try new things, like I said, get involved. Get a feel for different kinds of work and jobs to see what you like. They only way to find out what you want to do is to try things out.

5. Make friends – Sometimes its hard to hang on to high school friends and as sad as it is to say it, you probably won’t keep those friendships for the rest of your life. Make new friends – especially in your major. They will act as connections for your future.

6. Don’t lose your high school hobbies – Although it’s hard to balance your new school life with your high school hobbies, they are something you truly don’t want to lose sight of. If you were on a sports team in high school but can’t make your college level team, don’t fret! Join a club, find outside groups, see whats out there. But don’t just let them go – you might seriously regret it.

7. Beware of the freshman 15 – Kiddies, you’re no longer preteens anymore… your metabolism WILL slow down. And your freshman year meal plan will definitely not help. If you were on a sports team in high school and practiced everyday but wont be now, just be careful… those practices were calorie burners, so if you want to keep your same eating habits, you might want to get a gym routine down.

8. Keep partying to a minimum – If you come to college and never really partied in high school, it’s pretty easy to go wild now that you’re away from your parents and can do whatever you want. Be careful. Partying can fog your mind of what you’re really there to do. I’m not saying don’t have fun – just keep your eye on the ball.

9. Remember it is the ‘time of your life’ but the work you do now can change your future – Don’t take college lightly. It’s not just a party, especially if you want to make something of yourself. If you really are serious about your future, be serious about college. It all starts here.

10. Don’t feel bad about not knowing what you want to do – College is the time to figure it out. But like I said, you need to experiment. What you want to do is not just going to plop on your lap – you need to go out there and find it. If you practice these 10 tips, I promise you will be one step closer to achieving your goals.

Have fun in college, but don’t lose sight of what you’re there for. If you want a bright future, you can have one, you just need to be smart about your decisions. So make sure to always weigh your actions and remember you came to college for an education!

Literally, your whole life is ahead of you, but it won’t always be. I promise it will come quicker than you realize! But do what you need to get done, and your hard work will pay off.

-Until Tomorrow

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