3 Essentials For Freshman Year Of College

People are not lying when they say time flies- I just turned 21 and am entering my senior year of college.  I cannot believe how fast my college career has gone by and how close I am to being a part of the “real world.” Everyone complains about school and how hard and stressful it is, but college is our last opportunity to have some fun. I feel my college experience has been everything I hoped it would be; I made a lot of great friends, experienced new things and learned some valuable information along the way. But there are still some things I wish I would have done differently, especially during my freshman year. Read on to see what I think you absolutely should do as a college freshman.

Don’t Let Intimidation Hold You Back

I was always very involved in high school. I joined clubs and sports with all my friends and had a great time. I thought I would feel the same in college. But when I got on to campus, I avoided joining student organizations if I could not find someone else to join with me. It was intimidating going to meetings all by myself. When sophomore year rolled around, I joined more organizations because I knew more people. But coming in as a sophomore did not give me enough experience to play a bigger role, such as becoming a social coordinator or vice president. Plus, once I joined, I wished I would have had more time to get to know all the great people. Do not let the fact that you do not know everyone hold you back from trying out something you think you are interested in.

Cook!

As a freshman, you will most likely live in the dorms and have a meal plan. Just because there is already-cooked food available to you does not mean you should always run off to the dining hall at dinner time. If you have a kitchen in your dorm, try to cook some of your own meals. And I do not mean go and buy a frozen dinner and put it in the microwave; buy actual food to cook or mix together. Knowing how to cook some easy, healthy dishes is a skill that every college student should have. I personally cannot cook anything, but that is only because I have never really tried! College is a great time to learn new things, and new recipes are fun and do not require hours of studying.

Stay Active- Work Out!

Stress can be a big problem for college freshman; you are away from home for the first time, your classes are harder and your sleep time is significantly less. The best and healthiest cure for stress is exercise, so once you get on campus, locate the gym or walking path and get right into a routine. I played three sports in high school, so I never had to plan to go work out. It was just a part of my day. In college, I stopped working out regularily and I definitely noticed a difference in how I felt throughout the day. After a few months I decided to start back up again, but it was so hard to incorporate working out into my daily routine. Whether you run, bike, or walk, any type of exercise is good for you and will help keep you healthy and stress-free.

Your first year at college is one of the most exciting and terrifying times of your life. Focus on all the new and exciting opportunities you have and remember only three short years separating you and the working world.

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Caitlin Furin

Caitlin Furin

Caitlin Furin is a senior at the University of Wisconsin-Madison majoring in journalism and strategic communication. With an interest in social media, she can often be found exploring the Facebook walls, Twitter feeds and Pinterest profiles of big brands. Her laptop and iPhone never leave her side. Outside of school and work, Caitlin can be found enjoying a good TV show or two and spending time with her friends and family.
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