01. Wearing Lanyard / College ID
Be careful! You don’t want to wear this around your neck or out of your pocket. It’s truly the equivalent of screaming, “HEY FRESHMEAT HERE!” You don’t work at the genius bar at an Apple store, so tuck away the ID in your handy-dandy wallet!
02. Holding on Tight to High School
While you’re proud of where you come from and your previous accomplishments, college is all about starting fresh and finding your future path. Leave the past where it belongs and start focusing on what you want to do with your life and less about the touchdown you made in high school!
03. Forgetting Your Key
Some doors will shut and lock automatically! Trust us, it’s embarrassing to be THAT freshmen who has to march down to the main floor in a towel and flip-flops.
04. “Freshmen Clothes”
Some of the clothes you wore in high school may not be as acceptable in the college environment. Try and lose the logos and develop a more mature look for your college appearance!
05. Staying in the Dorm
While there is nothing long with the occasional Netflix binge, it’s probably best not to make a habit of it. Get out to events on campus! Meet new people and find friends to hang out with on weekends!
06. Not Knowing Your Limits!
If you are going to be adventurous on the weekends be aware of how much you are drinking! Pace yourself - Every batch of “The Juice” is different and depending on how drunk the hosts want their guests!
07. Buying ALL Your Textbooks at Once
If you ask any upperclassman if they have used every book that they have purchased, 99% will tell you no they haven’t (and that, more times than not, buying the textbook is a waste of money). Many professors will have a copy on reserve at the campus library for students to use, but others will simply not use the book at all. Either way its good to find out from students who have taken the class in the past if the book in the course materials is truly necessary.
08. Confidence in Everyone - Trust No Bitch!
College is full of learning experiences - Do yourself a favor and keep an eye on your valuables so that a stolen Macbook isn’t one of them.
09. Bringing EVERYTHING to the Dorms!
Surprisingly there are only a handful of things you will actually need when making the transition to college. When you are packing for school, be sure to ask yourself: “How often will i actually use this?” and “Is it needed?” This will save you time and hassle both moving in and moving out!
10. Running to Class
After being told for twelve years to not be a second late, it might be a shock that its normal for students to be 2-3 minutes late for class everyday! So if you woke up late, don’t fret, just get to class!
11. The Fear of Missing a Class
Eventually you will be faced with the option of skipping a class - It WILL happen. Not that it’s recommended, but it will not be the end of the world if you miss a class, just don’t do it often! Keep in mind that, while skipping school is fun, posting about it might bite you in the ass in the future (cool story, bro)!
12. Social Media Stupidity
Being independent is great, and maybe you want to share all of the fun you had over the weekend with your friends! However, it is very important to keep your digital image squeaky clean, so that when a recruiter looks at your profile, they aren’t discouraged. Any upperclassman would tell you the same thing! Share your fun moments with buddies over a group chat app, like Quad, to keep your conversations personal and private!
13. Unused Meal Plans
So many freshmen just don’t realize how great meal plan is until you are no longer on it. Make sure that, as the school year goes on, you are taking advantage of the cash on your account - Even if it means treating yourself every now and then to a coffee, use it ALL up!
14. Thinking College is Solely About Academics!
There is a reason you are not enrolled in the University of Phoenix - Because you want MORE than just an education from your school! The best way to get the full experience is becoming involved on campus. Join a club, a sport, or go Greek! Even if you just check them out, at least you know what’s out there!
15. Check Your Professors Out!
You may find out that some professors are seemingly out to get you. Sometimes getting the grade you deserve is very difficult. To reduce the chances of this happening to you, ask your fellow classmates which professors to take (or avoid) and use websites like RateMyProfessor. Almost every professor is rated so you can pick from the best available!
16. Not Hitting the Gym
College is all about reinventing yourself - Take advantage of the fact that you have a recreational facility at your disposal. Find a workout that works for you and get to it. You’ll become obsessed when you begin to see results from all your hard work!
17. Not knowing the Drop/Withdraw policies
This is something that students do not like to talk about. The thought of dropping a class can seem scary, or may seem like failure. However, we are here to tell you there is nothing wrong with dropping a class. If it isn’t working for your schedule
18. Not knowing what a Pass/Fail Class is
Making a class a pass or fail is essentially gives students the ability to receive credit for a class without it affecting their GPA. If a class you are struggling in is eligible, it’s worth looking into and meeting with your advisor! You will thank yourself in the long run!
19. Keeping your dorm the way you found it
This is the first time you are away from home and on your own! Give your place your personal touch! (We have some suggestions here if you’re stumped.)
20. Studying the Way You Did in High School
It only makes sense to continue your methods of studying as you transition, but unfortunately it is not that easy. Every professor has a different method of how they create their tests, some will give you a study guide, others will use the notes or book. It is all about getting in their head and finding out what it is they think is the most important because more than likely that will appear on the exams.
21. Missing Study Sessions
If your professor is willing to take time out of their day to have a study session or some sort of study event you better make your best effort to be there. this is when most professors will reward the students who work hard in the class because you can bet they will be there and exam material will be covered!
22. Not Backing Up Your Laptop
For the love of all that is good BACKUP YOUR FILES! Keep a jump drive on your keychain and save a copy of all your important work. One other great option is using Google Docs because all of your work is auto backed up to the Cloud as you type. Save everything! Losing all of your files is as easy as one Starbucks coffee spill.
23. Being Party Try-Hards
It’s exciting to party for the first time, but make sure to get the feel of college parties before making a complete fool of yourself. There is absolutely no need to drink everything in sight. It will not only piss off the people throwing the party, but it’s a good way to land yourself in the hospital. Keep a low-profile the first few times and go from there.