Tips for freshmen in college

My name is Becca Dewosky and I am from Charlotte, North Carolina. I am studying strategic communications and professional writing at Elon University in hopes to purse a career in public relations. I have always had a passion for writing and making friends. I hope my experiences and advice about college will help you in your college journey!

Moving into my freshman dorm, I had no idea how much my life was about to change. My fears about a new environment and new people were overwhelming, but little did I know, Elon University was about to become my home away from home. I was able to make friendships and memories my first year of college that gave me a sense of a family and a home.

I had always been close with my family back in Charlotte, especially my two sisters. What would college be like without my sisters by my side? Would I feel as comfortable with my new friends? Would I get homesick? I was lucky enough to meet great people and build friendships where I was myself. Soon, I was spending nights at friends’ apartments, running to Cookout at 3 a.m., taking silly pictures and making fun memories with new people. I found friends I could be myself with and that truly made me feel like I was a part of something special. Yes, it can be intimidating to take this step with new people, but college is the best place to do it. I promise, you will not regret it and it will change your college experience for the best!

My first two years of college would not have been the same without the memories I made and experiences I had. From signing up for different clubs on campus, booking a last minute trip to England with my best friend, cheering at football games and going to country concerts with my sorority sisters, these memories shape my college experience. The more involved you are and the more open you are to new things, the more you will experience in your four years of college. Take every opportunity that comes your way because you never know where it might lead you! Keep an open mind in college and great things will come your way. For the first few weeks of college I kept telling myself, if it scares you, chase it. Breaking outside your comfort zone will introduce you to great people and great experiences that will shape your college journey for the best.

Everyone tells you college is the best four years of your life. Yes, there will be ups and downs throughout that time, but by making a home and a family at college, you truly will have the best four years. My advice to you: make those memories, learn the lessons and build life-long friendships to make the most of your college experience. Think of this new environment and new people as an opportunity to make a family and a home. Remember, college is what you make of it. Sign up for random clubs on campus, invite a new friend out to lunch, study abroad with friends … the more you put yourself out there, the more you will experience in your four years. I know it can be intimidating, but I promise you it is worth it! These will be the best four years of your life, now make the most of it.

Tips for freshmen in college

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