For the first time, you will be away from your parents’ rules. You will have your own place to call home.
For the first time, you will be away from your high school friends and any drama or pressure they may cause to your life.
For the first time, you will leave your comfort zone and experience a new world; a world with new beginnings and new experiences.
For the first time, you will be on your own. You will determine your future and what you want out of your life.
For the first time, you will be a freshman. Your first year of college will make a lasting impression on you.
You will be introduced to new changes, people, cultures, and experiences. You will embrace the new challenges and new friendships.
The structure of college is different than high school. You will pick your classes and attend them at certain times a week. There will be no homeroom, school bells, or teachers telling you to do this or that. You are on your own to gain your own success. If you do not go to class, you do not go. If you do not do your homework, it does not get done. You are only hindering your own success. College professors design assignments to help you better understand the material. It is wise to participate in class discussions and understand the material.
You will have new responsibilities to solve on your own. From learning how to do your laundry successfully to preventing your bank account from going into the red, you will be your own boss. You will have to organize your time to balance your school work load, maybe a part-time job, social life, calls to family and friends, and your own daily life. You will be able to sleep when you want and eat what you like. You will find your own style and express yourself in your own way.
You will meet many new people your freshman year of college. From your roommate to your academic advisor, these people will shape you into an adult individual. You will share memories and laughs with your college friends. These experiences will build lasting bonds with others throughout your entire college career.
You will find role models. A professor may inspire you. An academic advisor may help you find an internship. A friend may show you how to find your life ambitions. Classmates may voice their viewpoints and they may relate to you differently than you expected. You will discover a different person in yourself than the high school you. Embrace that individual and mature into who you want to be.
You will build self-confidence. You will prosper into a self-respectable adult. You will be independent and social as you weave your way through freshman year of college.
Most of all, enjoy your freshman year. Experience new possibilities and take it in. Build friendships and find your own independence. For more information on getting the most out of the college experience and for guidance on all things college- related, click on one of the articles listed below.