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10 Tips For a Successful Freshmen Year in College

Maintain a Budget

While students and parents are aware of the upfront costs of college, they should also be aware of hidden costs.  Keeping a record of all expenditures will force students to be accountable for extracurricular spending, including clothes shopping and nights out with friends.

Less is more when packing for college

Having to choose what to bring to college can be stressful. Freshmen should remember they are moving into a small space with very little storage.  Students should pack items they can share with roommates and also bring storage boxes that can be stored under their beds and in closets.

Get along with your roommate(s)

One major transition for many college students is adjusting to sharing a small space with other people. Roommates may be able to avoid issues if ground rules are set from the beginning. Having conversations about cleaning schedules or having friends over can ensure roommates are on the same page.

Be proactive about fighting off college stress

There are many things that can pressure new college students: making friends, doing well in class, and enhancing their resume, just to name a few. But freshmen may be able to alleviate some of this stress by getting enough sleep, exercising regularly, or seeking out counseling services on campus.

Fight the Freshman 15

For many students, college is the first time they’ve been responsible for their own meals, and college dining halls often offer buffet options. Freshmen who want to fight the bulge should consider counting calories-and many schools have made this easier to do by sharing calorie information.

Find cheap college textbooks

According to the National Association of College Bookstores, full-time students spent an average of $500+ on required course materials during an average school year. Before purchasing textbooks at college bookstores, consider renting, buying used or or using online services.

Get free textbooks

While using online services to compare textbook prices can save students money, there may be ways to get free copies of textbooks. Before buying a textbook, students should explore the library for extra copies or see if their professor has extras to lend out to students.

Us technology to manage “college life”

There are a lot of obligations and events on a college student’s plate and it can become overwhelming to manage. Continuous innovations in education technology have opened the door for students to more easily organize their daily activities through new mobile apps available on both Apple and Android devices.

Consider Greek life

Freshmen who are worried about making friends on campus could consider joining a fraternity or sorority. Greek life exposes students to formal dances, intramural sports, and philanthropic projects, to name a few. But before joining, students should consider the pros and cons of Greek life.

Receiving a bad grade can be frustrating, but it can also be a learning experience. Set up a meeting with your professor to find out what you could have done differently. Remember getting a bad grade is not the end of your college career, but not making any changes for the future improvements might be.

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