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Is there anything that an incoming college freshman should know that any college website does not tell?

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Nancy’s Answer


The book mentioned above sounds great. Another thing to know is that college is a big adjustment and to know that everyone has some challenges. Things are not as perfect as their social media makes it look. Many college students experience stress, loneliness, and worry about academics. It is important to learn about support sources at your school such as counselors, academic tutoring, and social groups. Learn how to get help when needed. It is normal to have some adjustments to make along with the new adventure that is college. I remember wanting to find people with common interests so I joined a peer counselor group. That helped me find friends and a focus for my future career.

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Ask people who went to college about their biggest challenges and how they coped.

Your answer is great Nancy, thanks so much for sharing your expertise! At this moment there are more than 800 unanswered questions so I wanted to encourage you to keep going! So many students will benefit tremendously from hearing from you. Keep up the great work! Jordan Rivera COACH

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Jennifer’s Answer


There just so happens to be a great book I'd recommend: The Naked Roomate: And 107 Other Issue You Might Run Into in College by Harlan Cohen.

In my opinion as a former university administrator and high school counselor, there is a giant disconnect between the skills sets needed for a high school senior and college freshman. Although it sounds silly, just because a student is a rock star in high school doesn't mean that it transitions over.

You don't know what you don't know.

It's why love your question! Think about what you will need to know how to do away from home, away from your parents. Do you know how to manage your finances, "keep house," stay safe?

I commend you for asking the question and delving into these big subjects now, rather than wait and learn as you go! Wishing you all the best --

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Nick’s Answer


If i had to redo my first year of college, i would really work on a balance of school/life. It is very hard to not to want to go to every party, outing, sporting event, activity. They are fun, but its really hard to balance that with school work that you are monitoring on your own for the first time. I would also say the amount of time you have to give to greek organizations is immense and would suggest it on your second year. they give a lot of great support, but the time is basically a job.