10 Tips for Surviving and Thriving During Freshman Year of College

10 Tips for Surviving and Thriving During Freshman Year of College

Are you a freshmen heading to college soon? This year will be full of many ups and downs, but it will also be a year of surviving and thriving. During this upcoming year of college, keep these tips in mind.

#1. Bring lots of quarters- Now that you are in charge of your own laundry, you’ll need lots of quarters.

#2. Secure a job- The best jobs are available when you first get to campus. When you first get to campus, it would be wise to secure a job to help with all of those new expenses.

#3. Buy your books online- If you want to go broke fast, make sure you buy your books from the bookstore. If you want to save money, rent or buy your books online.

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#4. Have a budget in mind- There’s an understanding that college students don’t have a lot of money. Create a budget for yourself so that doesn’t happen to you!

#5. Bring only what you need to college with you- For the next four years you’ll be in a dorm room that’s not very big. Only bring what you need with you to college to help save space. You can always grab what you need when you go home for a visit.

#6. Put yourself out there- In order to make new friends in college, you’ll have to put your best social foot forward. If someone isn’t willing to talk, you might have to make the first move. The people you first meet when you go to college will most likely become some of your best lifelong friends.

#7. Exercise when possible- If you think you can’t gain the freshmen 15, you’re wrong. You now have unlimited access to food with your food plan. Try to exercise when possible, so you can stay happy and healthy.

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#8. Take people up on offers- If friends and family offer to visit you in college, take them up on the offer. It’s always nice to have friendly faces around.

#9. Study your heart out- College is four years of your life that you can’t get back. Make sure you study as hard as you can and make the most out of your experience.

#10. Take care of your technology- Since you’re on your own now, make sure you take extra good care of the technology you own. Computers, iPads, and iPhones are not cheap to replace.

Do you have any tips for surviving and thriving freshmen year of college?

  1. Robin Rue (@massholemommy) says

    My stepson is off to college next month, so I will send this his way. I don’t know if he wants us visiting for a while, though, lol.

  2. Michele says

    If you happen to go to college in Wisconsin then stay away from the milk!! It is delicious and addictive. I gained 20 pounds from that alone!!

  3. Michelle F. says

    Those are some great tips. I wish I would have read this when I was in college years ago.

  4. Maria says

    I need to save these tips for one day, if my kids go off to university – I hope they do, but choose a university in town, otherwise… sniff sniff!

  5. Inspiring Kitchen says

    These are such good tips. I have gone through this with my girl and know how important it is to educate them on the points.

  6. Liz Mays says

    This is all so true! It can be difficult adjusting to the new changes. My kids met a ton of new friends through college.

  7. Seattle Travel Blogger says

    These are amazing tips. Freshman year of college can be so stressful. More people should be informed of the quarters needed!

  8. nikki says

    These are great tips. I wish i can read it in my college days. My niece will be going in college next year so i send this to her.

  9. Cindy (Vegetarian Mamma) says

    These are great tips! Thanks for sharing, I know that I could have used some of these when I was a freshman.

  10. Elizabeth O. says

    A lot of kids lose their focus once they experience the freedom that College brings. It’s good to have a survival list, this way they know what path to choose. Awesome, thanks for this!

  11. Travel Blogger says

    As a past freshman, I can totally agree with these ! Number #7 was huge in helping me cope with stress.

  12. Ron says

    I wish I know the tip #3 years ago. But then again, shopping online back then is not a major thing right? 🙂 Great tips nonetheless.

  13. HilLesha says

    This is tried and true advice. I believe that every college freshman should read this post!

  14. Katie says

    These are great tips. Though I will say when I was in school most students on lived in dorms for 1 or 2 years than shared apartments near by.

  15. Dhemz Apdian - Dias says

    these are very helpful tips! It’s not easy to be a freshman in college, but things will get better.

  16. Rosey says

    Not overpacking is critical. It’s hard to study in a crowded space and that’s exactly what will happen if you bring too many things.

  17. Krystal says

    I did laundry at a friends house so that was helpful during college. Yes, work out when you can at least a few times a week! That is my big advice. Beware of the meal plan cafeteria. So many goodies.

  18. Mommy Peach says

    One of the keys to surviving college is really having a budget and sticking to it. You don’t ant to find yourself without money or food at the end of the month.

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