Finding a balance is a big advice I will give. Whether its with classes, social time, calling your family, fitness, making time for yourself..make sure to find a balance between all of these so you don't burn yourself out and don't regret anything. College is supposed to be exciting and fulfilling, so do that!
The biggest pitfall that I faced and that a lot of students still face is the cost of college. Most parents can not afford the cost to send their kids to college and pay for them to live there. My parents could not. Kids end up getting student loans that take the rest of their lives to pay back. I would suggest keeping this in mind when looking for schools. An alternative is to work for a company that offers tuition reimbursement or to go to school for your general education credits at community college and then transfer. A lot of kids want the "college experience" but don't understand the cost associated with that. Friends can be met at a community college as well and you will still be able to have fun and not end up going into debt forever. I have seen so many kids that I know get into great schools only to find out in the first semester or a few semesters in that they can't afford to go any more. I would say to look at costs , then realize that friends can be met just anywhere and you can still have a great experience anywhere you go if you just join the right clubs and extracurricular activities :)
Sharon Jean’s Answer
Some common pitfalls that I have seen are things a lot of previous answers discussed including: drinking or doing drugs frequently enough to the point where they impede your classwork, not going to class, ignoring basic hygiene, and not getting out there and meeting new people. I think this last one is extremely important, especially if you are going to a school where you do not know many people. It can be very easy to get intimidated with all the new people and just stay in your own room or little bubble. However, the beauty of college is that there is a group or friend for everyone, no matter your interests. If you originally get caught up with people you do not want to be involved with, you can easily find a new group of people who more align to what you like to do. If you get out there, meet new people, and keep your priorities in line, you will have a great college experience.