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What is is like to be a freshman in college?

What is is like to be a freshman in college?

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Caira’s Answer

hi there! Being a freshman in college is so very overwhelming and exciting. It's a time in your life where you get to make many decisions for yourself and be in charge of your daily schedule. I'd say to take advantage of all the opportunities and clubs and social opportunities around you, as well as to attend your classes and dedicate yourself to exploring class work that you may never have thought you'd try. For example, I took a last minute class in Buddhism and it ended up being an amazing learning experience, even though it didn't have anything to do with a career I was pursuing. Stay open minded and don't be rigid in what you think you should be doing in college- do what feels right to you and know that you are learning so much, in and outside of the classroom!
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Rebecca’s Answer

Thank you for your question. Many high school students may feel anxiety before entering the college.
In fact, you should enjoy the the college life. It will be one of the most precious time in your life.
Below are my suggestions:
1. Join the orientation programs organised by the college, faculty, etc
2. If you will stay in dorm, start engaging with your hall mates
3. Explore the extracurricular activities you would like to participate
4. Familiarise the college facilities and locations
5. Review the syllabus of coming year
Hope this helps! Good Luck!
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Adrian’s Answer

The primary response to your inquiry highlights that this is a significant transformation, as you are ultimately responsible for making decisions and taking action. Embracing adulthood as a freshman might be challenging if you're not accustomed to managing daily tasks independently. However, it's natural to feel apprehensive until you establish a routine, find your group, and make new friends for the upcoming years. Remember, you've got this!
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Brad’s Answer

It’s very interesting. A lot of people think it’s hard or challenging. It’s really not. All you need to do is keep up with the assignments and other participation and you’ll be fine. I have a 4.0 gpa right now!

Brad recommends the following next steps:

Make time every day
Make goals every day
Don’t procrastinate
Manage your time wisely so you can do your classes and still have spare time.
Don’t give up if it’s boring! Once you have student loans you literally can’t get out of paying them.
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T.J.’s Answer

Hello Precious!

Entering freshman year... Two dominant feelings that are common are feeling nervous yet excited at the same time.

It's exciting, because you're entering a new stage of life! A new environment, new town (possibly), and new courses/classes.
You're free to explore and embrace a new era of personal growth and educational experiences.

It contains nervous-feelings, because entering a new school is... an adjustment.
You're not around the same friends from high school, or teachers, loved ones, or home town (unless you're a commuter). You're entering an unknown future.

I'm not saying that adjusting to college is inherently hard --- but the way you adjust is different for everyone.
Some get on campus just fine. Some get on campus and don't feel "connected" to the community automatically.
You may have a major. You may not have a major and know what classes you want to take in your first semester. Ultimately, though, you have no idea what's going to happen.

One thing that I realized --- and believe its important to repeat to yourself --- is:
- People face self-doubt or uncertainty frequently. That is okay.
- Even though I don't know, I will do what I need to do anyway.

Have confidence in yourself that you will make the right decisions and eventually adjust to campus.

Your first year will look entirely unique from someone else's, because your journey in college is unique.
Embrace the change and do what's right for you!

Sending you good luck with your freshman year of college :)
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Katie’s Answer

As a rising sophomore in college, freshman year was jam-packed with a LOT of different emotions! Excitement, nervousness, anxiety, surprises, admiration, loneliness, satisfaction, and so much more! You will learn so many valuable lessons during your freshman year and also learn more about yourself in so many different ways. At first, it was hard to create a stable routine for myself, as I had so much freedom and did not know what to do with it - I would advise you to choose class times that work for you if you can (if you are a morning person, take morning classes, if you are a night person, take afternoon/night classes). Additionally, it is very beneficial to join clubs or create a daily routine such as going to the gym in the morning to not only keep you active but to create new friends. Creating new friends was also easier than I thought, as everyone is in the same position as you.
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Ryan’s Answer

Being a freshman in college, you realize that you have a lot more freedom than before. It's very easy to get absorbed in this freedom, but it's important to remember the main reason you are attending college. That being said, it doesn't mean that you can't have fun and enjoy your time at college for the next 4 years, but it's important to be disciplined and take care of your responsibilities as a student before having some fun with your newfound freedom. I would take this opportunity to transition into being a truly independent adult. You will have to learn how to make decisions that are best for you. You may not always make the right decision, but it's important to learn what is right and what is wrong according to you. Be safe, be smart, and good luck with your freshman year!
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Justin’s Answer

Embarking on your college freshman journey is a thrilling yet nerve-wracking adventure!

The intimidating aspect is the abundance of opportunities surrounding you, which might feel overwhelming. However, it's perfectly fine to take your time and adapt at your own pace. Embrace your new environment and seize the chance to reinvent yourself, whether it's your personality, friendships, or other aspects of your life. Viewing it from this angle, it's truly exhilarating!

My suggestion is to step out of your comfort zone, explore new experiences, and remain open to learning from those around you. Some classes might pose challenges, but if you find them tough, don't hesitate to seek assistance from the instructor, teaching assistant, or attend after-hours sessions. Make it a habit to ask for help early in your academic journey!
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Sam’s Answer

Hello,

Here are some straightforward steps for a successful first year in college:

1. Participate in numerous social events - join activities in your living area, clubs, or organizations to meet new people.
2. Create a to-do list - college life may be your first experience away from home, so it's crucial to manage daily tasks like laundry, cleaning, and grocery shopping.
3. Discover one or more study spots - avoid distractions by not studying in your room, and instead find suitable places on campus that promote productivity.
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