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10 Things to Remember When Going Away for College

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By Aalfo53 Sep 2019

1. You have likely heard this time and time again, but these will be some of the best years of your life. Savor the moment. Appreciate every moment and take advantage of every opportunity. 2. Focus on school. Many freshmen can place less emphasis on their studies and more emphasis on a social life during their first year of college. Although a social life is important, freshman year classes tend to be the easiest courses. Take advantage of this and ensure you are putting forth maximum effort to guarantee a high GPA from the beginning. 3. Don’t forget about a social life. On the other hand, although academics are important so is establishing a healthy balance between work and play. Work to find that balance and enjoy your first years of freedom. 4. Don’t overpack. From personal experience, it can be very easy to think you need way more than you actually do. Pack lightly and schedule the majority of items for pick up at your school's local bed bath and beyond or target. If you’re missing anything after, there’s always amazon. 5. Join clubs! Clubs are a great and easy way to make friends who share the same interests as you. Before going on campus, look at the clubs your school offers and find out when they’re having meetings! They usually take place during the first few weeks of school. 6. Beware the dining halls. Living a healthy lifestyle in college can be incredibly challenging, especially when it comes to your food options. Try not to eat those pizza slices or cheeseburgers every day. Freshman 15 is real. Try opting for a salad or sandwich some days instead. 7. Don’t worry about your major. Your freshman year provides a lot of room to try new things, take different courses, and explore different interests. Don’t worry if you’re not entirely sure what you want to do in the future. There are plenty of opportunities to explore different majors or career paths. Just make sure you take advantage of those opportunities. 8. Study Abroad! If study abroad is something you’re interested in doing, start looking into it. Research the programs your school offers and when the best time for you to study abroad would be. For most people, this takes place during junior year. 9. Don’t forget to call your parents. Believe it or not, your parents are back home worrying about you every second you’re gone. Take the time to call them at least once a week and let them know how you’re doing. Let them live vicariously through your amazing college experiences and allow yourself to stay grounded and remember where you came from. 10. Finally, and most importantly, enjoy! These are the best 4 years of your life. Don’t stress the little things and enjoy every moment as much as possible. These 4 years pass by in the blink of an eye and before you know it you’ll be starting your first job. So, take it all in and reach for the stars!