Advice for Freshman Students

Pamela Chamberlain is a senior at Northern Arizona University pursuing a bachelors in Strategic Communications with an emphasis in Advertising. When Pamela graduates she is hoping to work either work in sport or television. Pamela enjoys snowboarding, watching movies, and spending time with friends. She decided to start writing articles and advice for college students who are going through the same trials she endured when starting college.

Starting college is the one of the most exciting, but nerve-racking part of growing up. Many college freshman enter into new territory not knowing how to make friends, what to get involved in, and the best way to be successful academically. All of these questions can cause someone to become anxious and uneasy about their college career. I want to ease some of the tension and worries by lending advice that will help any college freshman unsure about the road ahead.
Becoming involved in your school is a great way to make friends and get involved. There are many different ways to go about this. For example joining a club or organization such as a fraternity or sorority. Fraternities and sororities are a great way to gain instant friends and multiple planned activities to join. Also, there are some fraternities and sororities that are geared towards a major or career. Even though Greek Life is a great option it is not the only thing available. If there is a sport you are interested in try out for the school’s team or join the intramural seasonal teams. There is a club and organization for everyone who wants to make friends and become involved.
When though the social aspect of college life is very important and essential the academic part is the entire reason you are attending a university. Many college freshman struggle with the transition from high school and relying on themselves to study, do homework, and communicate to their teacher. Some students concentrate too heavily on the social part and do not take the time to concentrate and do well in school. Something all incoming freshman should do in their classes is get organized. It is important to write all of your assignments, tests, and due dates in a planner that can be checked off daily. Writing these things down also increases your chances of remembering what is due. Another important part of classes is to meet and get to know your professor. The more familiar you and your teacher are with one another improves your chances of receiving additional help and extra chances. Not to say you need to become a teacher’s pet and enjoy endless benefits, but just so your professor knows you care about the material and class. Professors not familiar with students who want last minute help are less likely to be very helpful and willing to compromise with you. The next step to becoming academically successful is to establish a study time and area. In your room with a group of friends is probably not the most efficient way to study for a test. Even though the library may seem nerdy and uncool no student should pass up a quite study space. You need to grow out of the high school mentality and realize you are there to learn and not look cool or be popular.
These are just a few habits that will help any incoming freshman who are looking to adjust and do well their first semester in college.

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