I can appreciate that the ability to stay focused during your first year of college can be a bit tough. There is so much to see and learn at that time and there is a lot less restriction than what many students are used to coming from high school.
What helped to focus me was a couple of things. 1) Financial resources meaning I knew that for every additional semester it might take for me to finish my degree, that meant more $$ towards my student loans. 2)Getting into engineering in a real way meaning because of the interest I had (and still have) in engineering and specifically network engineering, I was very eager to finish, get my degree and get a job where I could put what I was studying into practice. 3) Seeing my learning progress meaning because of the structure of my curriculum, I knew that I couldn't be as successful in the classes that really interested me, if I didn't focus on those early ones that come up in freshman year like calculus and statistics.
In general, individuals use different means to get and stay focused. Even with all that I have shared, do your best to enjoy not only your freshman year but all the years of your college journey. It is my hope that you see the richness that this experience will bring both inside and outside of the classroom.
Best of luck to you!
Here are some tips on how to proceed in a focused manner. throughout your education/career journey. It starts by getting to know yourself better and learning which career areas are most suitable and getting to know people in those areas.
Getting to know yourself and how your personality traits relate to people involved in various career opportunities is very important in your decision making process. During my many years in Human Resources and College Recruiting, I ran across too many students who had skipped this very important step and ended up in a job situation which for which they were not well suited. Selecting a career area is like buying a pair of shoes. First you have to be properly fitted for the correct size, and then you need to try on and walk in the various shoe options to determine which is fits the best and is most comfortable for you to wear. Following are some important steps which I developed during my career which have been helpful to many .
Ken recommends the following next steps: