The Freshmen Survival Guide

I remember the days before I started my freshmen year of college, waiting in anticipation for a new chapter of my life to begin. I didn’t know what to expect or what the following year would entail, but I was certain that there would be plenty of people who would be gracious enough to guide me along the way. Here’s a list of ten tips for freshmen; things I wish I would’ve known and taken into consideration as I transitioned from a public high school to a Christian college.

Image Credit: “First Day of School 2011-12” by Santa Catalina School

  1. There are several other students that are going through the same spiritual battles as you are, so don’t feel like you’re alone. No one is perfect and everybody is dealing with something, whether they show it on the outside or not, so don’t beat yourself up.
  2. Get involved. Club Rush is a good way to learn more about all of the clubs and organizations on campus (including FPRA). If you can’t go to Club Rush or if you have additional questions, visit Campus Life>Student Life>Student Groups on the SEU website.
  3. Be open to meeting new people. Everybody is in the same boat as you are– in need of new friends. You may not stay friends with them throughout the rest of your time at SEU, but that’s ok.
  4. Learn how to manage your time. It is essential that you find a balance among school, friends, church, and other extracurriculars. If you don’t plan ahead and prepare in advance, you’ll find yourself in a bottomless pit of work with no way to climb your way out. Keep an updated calendar with you when you go to classes and have a desk calendar for your dorm. Trust me, it helps.
  5. Your professors are here to help you. If you don’t understand instructions for an assignment or a specific topic, don’t be afraid to ask questions.
  6. Don’t be afraid to try new things. There are going to be times when you have no choice but to try something that you’ve never experienced before, so get used to it.
  7. Take the time to get to know and network with professionals that work in your chosen career field. Through them, you’ll have access to volunteer, internship, and possibly job opportunities.
  8. Start a weekly Bible study group with friends or  people who live on your hall. This is another great way to get to meet new people and it helps keep you accountable. Also, this will force you to take a much-needed break from homework, which can really make a difference.
  9. Now for some words of wisdom from Emily Meade…”…just because we are going to a Christian university and going to chapels doesn’t count as growing spiritually on your own. Put in your own effort.”
  10. Last but not least, some academic advice from Johny Fernandez: “Be prepared to study and work hard. This isn’t high school anymore and its all up to you to show up to class or not.”
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3 responses to “The Freshmen Survival Guide

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  2. emmyjoy

    I just wrote my post and I said some of the exact same things you did! My first two are definitely time manage and get involved. Those are SO big when it comes to college. People who do invest so much in their future. I like 9 and 10 too. Be responsible for all areas of life! Very good tips!

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