How to Survive Freshman Year

Living On Campus-How to Meet People
Move-in day is stressful and full of excitement as new Seahawk babies move into the dorms for the first time. It is important to meet a lot of people within the first few weeks before classes as to create links and friendships before the stress of classes start. Many of your friends will be the people you see every day-the ones you live with on your hall. You can also join organizations such as Greek life or clubs. The important thing to remember is to be yourself no matter where you are and don't let the overwhelming process of transitioning into college life change your character.

How to Maintain Good Grades
While there is no certain formula used to make good grades, there are some steps you can take to ensure you make your best grade possible.

  • Go to class: While this seems like a superfluous note to mention, however, it will make or break your grade in the end. Some professors offer an incentive to miss only a certain amount of days or no days at all. If you are struggling in a class and they see that you are making an effort to come to class every day and are asking questions, the majority of the time they are more lenient on you and your grading. Bottom line—you can't learn if you're not there to do so.
  • Take notes and study: Depending on how you learn you might be a visual person and need to see what you are learning. Others are oratory learners and have to hear it. Bring a recorder to class or write down notes, and study the lectures later. It is important to not cram all of the information that will be on the exam in one night. Make a study schedule that allows you adequate time each week to review the class material so that before an exam you are well prepared.
  • Communicate with your professor: All professors want to see you succeed. None have the intent to watch you fail. If you are struggling ask for help. If you want to learn more about the department for your possible major, ask for help. If you just want to make sure you're on track with your studies, ask for help. Truth be told most professors will love it because it builds relationships with the students they're teaching.

Avoiding the Dreaded Freshman Fifteen
Despite what most college students think, it is normal to gain some weight and "fill out" as you grow into adulthood. You body will not look as it did when you were sixteen. Fluctuating between five pounds is 100% normal. However, in order to prevent gaining excess weight it is important to keep in mind that binge drinking, over eating, and not exercising are all top causes in college student weight gain. When the weekend rolls around, it is almost expected to go out and drink an obscene amount of alcohol. If this is something you would like to partake in, but detest the amount of calories that normally go with that you can either choose to drink less when going out, or go out less times per week/month. The campus dining options are not always the most healthy, especially if you have very little self-control. The ice cream might taste good every day but no one needs to eat a pint of ice-cream for lunch. Eating a balanced diet is hard when someone isn't there to manage it for you, but is extremely important in order to not gain extra weight. Working out a few times a week also helps. This does not mean hit up the school's Rec. Center everyday and run for hours on end. If going to the gym is not what you enjoy try other means, such as joining an inter-mural club like football, tennis, or even kickball. Better yet, you could even start your own!

For any and all other questions, it important to have someone to talk to. Your adviser, a professor, or a trusted upperclassman can help out with almost any questions you could have. Most importantly, just remember to enjoy your Freshman year because it goes by quickly.

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