Written by Thomas Hajny. Media by Thomas Hajny.
Starting college can be a very difficult and exciting time in your life. As a freshman, everything is new and can be a bit intimidating. Being a junior and having gone through that transition, I have compiled a list of 10 things freshman should do when beginning their college experience here at Greenville College.
1. Get to know your professors. Seriously, these guys are awesome and are full of helpful advice and they are here for YOU.
2. Make friends. I know for some of you introverts (me included) this can be hard, but it is so worth it. Even if it is just a small group, it will make your time in college so much better.
3. Get involved. This can be anything from going to events held on campus, joining a club, or participating in extracurricular activities (music, sports, etc…).
4. Hit up the town. Regardless of where you are studying, there are always tiny little gems to be found, such as thrift stores, local restaurants, and cool hang out places.
5. Late night drive-throughs. Everyone needs a break from the stress of homework and studying (college students do this, right?), and taking a 1am trip to the nearest McDonald’s with your best friends is a fantastic stress reliever. Plus, some pretty weird stuff happens late at night.
6. Check your email. Amidst the plethora of notifications we receive from the college, sometimes we receive important emails from our professors regarding last minute changes or homework. Checking your email can be the difference between showing up to class prepared and showing up for class on a day that it was cancelled. It is also good way to communicate with your professors and fellow students.
7. Focus on school. Many of us make the assumption that college is where we will find “the one.” While this may be true for some, it can easily take over and academics get pushed to the side.
8. Decorate your dorm room. You are going to be living here for the next 9 months, so you might as well make it look awesome. Options for this include posters, bulletin boards, furniture, and more.
9. Sleep. Yes, you heard me, sleep. Don’t forget to get some solid “Z-time” or you may regret it later on.
10. But most importantly, be yourself. College is a time to be yourself and do what you want to do, not what other people want you to do. Don’t be afraid to try new things.
With all of this in mind, you are now ready to begin your college experience.