Looking back on my college experience, I feel by the end of my four years I took advantage of what my university had to offer. But I did learn a lot through those years and realize I could have done things differently my freshmen year to utilize my resources and gain a better first year experience.
Here are some things that I wish I knew or did my freshmen year.
Join clubs. Actually join them.
I remember going to my university’s organization fair and signing up to be in 8 different clubs. I ended up actually joining just 1 which was cancelled after 2 or 3 meetings. My mom told me in order for me to be away at school I had to be in 3 clubs or it wasn’t worth it to live on campus. I did not listen to my mother and wish I had. Join clubs to gain friends, new experiences, have a voice and to put on your resume.
Make your dorm room comfortable.
I did not decorate my freshmen dorm room much and wish I would have because that was my home for 8 months. Decorate it so you are comfortable in your environment and are able to study and have friends there.
Do your best.
Don’t take classes for granted. I sometimes didn’t work as hard on a paper because it was just my freshmen year. But they do matter in the long run, even though they are freshmen courses. Try your hardest and be proud of every paper you turn in.
Try new things.
Going into college, I was worried that I wouldn’t do well in courses that I didn’t know much about. I wish I had tried more new things and taken advantage of the full college experience of trial and error. Take courses that interest you, but are not familiar with. You might find out that you have a knack in a new subject.
Take advantage of down time.
This one I did end up doing, but I wish I would have started earlier. Instead of taking a nap or studying during down time, I would sit in the cafeteria and talk which in the end wasn’t that beneficial to my college career. Take advantage of that time! Take a nap if you’re too exhausted, study for upcoming tests, organize your notes or exercise.
What do you wish you had known your freshman year?