Tips for the Incoming College Freshman

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College is an exciting time! You deserve to be proud of yourself.

But it can also be a nerve-wracking time, and cause more anxiety than excitement. Either way, it’s normal to have a rush of emotions about this big step you’re about to take.

Here are some tips I have as a college senior for incoming college freshman! I hope you find these useful 🙂

1. Stay on top of your work!

It can be easy going into college and getting caught up in parties, new events on campus, etc. that you’re not used to yet. And while it’s okay to do these things and meet new people, you also need to make sure you stay on top of your work!

Set aside some time for studying/homework only, or even get the work done right when it’s assigned to get it out of the way. If you’re a procrastinator (like me) write down in your planner all your assignments, and even set reminders in your phone to actually do them. Even doing a few small work sessions over the span of a few days to get it done is better than rushing to get it done the night before.

2. Go out and meet new people

Now, on the other hand, it is not only okay to go out and go to these new events and meet new people on campus but it is encouraged! This is something I can admit I haven’t done enough of.

My college is located in my hometown, so I live off campus to save money. With that being said, you can imagine I don’t get to meet as many people as I would if I lived on campus and was in the “hub” of student life. So I highly recommend you guys go out, meet new people, and socialize! Join some clubs and organizations that interest you as well. 🙂

3. Make use of student savings!

As a student, you can get some pretty good deals on products and services. Some examples are:

  • Amazon Prime- 6 months free, then 50% off after that
  • Spotify- 3 months free, then 4,99 a month after (Hulu and Showtime included!)
  • Youtube- 1 month free, then 6.99 a month
  • Apple Music-4.99 a month, Apple TV+ included for FREE
  • Grubhub- 20% off $10 of more (when you sign up for UniDays-I have this free app and love it, it helps you find student deals for places you love!)
  • Tarte- 15% off and free shipping for online orders
  • Best Buy- create a “My Best Buy” account, then sign up for student deals’ and you will start receiving student offers!
  • Clothing stores-a lot of clothing stores offer varying discounts to students, some requiring online orders and some through the UniDays app. Be sure to ask or look on the app before you check out to get the best deals!
  • Insurance Companies- companies such as Allstate (up to 20% off qualifying students), Geico (up to 15% off for qualifying students under 25 with good grades), and State Farm (up to 25% off for qualifying students under 25) have discounts, so be sure to ask your insurance company for more details!
  • Banking- Some banks offer you the ability to get free checking accounts, offer waived fees, or have special student accounts available for you to sign up for. Be sure to ask about these!
  • Office 365- free for students with a school email address

4. Make sure you have everything you need for college!

Nothing is more unsettling that getting to college and realizing that you don’t have half the stuff you need. I made a blog post about dorm room/small apartment essentials- check that out here!

Also, check out some self care essentials for college from Amazon here (because skincare is important, especially when you’re prone to late nights and college munchies).

Additionally, here you can find your back to college cleaning essentials from Amazon! As we all know, cleaning supplies are important now more than ever, especially when you’re in college around so many others in a shared space.

Make a list of everything you’re going to need for college to avoid forgetting anything and having last minute panic. You can find print outs on Pinterest of things you need to pack for college, so be sure to look at those beforehand or look over one before you officially leave to make sure you didn’t forget anything! If you check out my Pinterest here, you can find a helpful board I made just for y’all with helpful printouts, checklists, and general tips for back to college called “Back to College” 😉

5. Reach out to professors, faculty, or other students if you need help

This is ESPECIALLY BIG for now. These are uncertain times, and f you’re entering college right now, when classes are more than likely partially or completely online, you need to be able to reach out and ask questions if you need it! Whether it’s a professor, faculty member, a friend from your sorority/fraternity, an email to a random classmate even, it’s okay to need help and ask questions. If you don’t speak up, you may fall behind and never learn the material! (plus, someone else may need help or clarification on that same thing, and by asking about it, you are helping them too).

6. Take time to learn about yourself

You are going through a COMPLETELY new phase of life-not only getting older, going through tougher classes, meeting new people, and possibly moving away from home, but you have the ability to learn more about who you are and what makes you YOU. Enjoy it, and figure out where exactly your future leads you and where you want it to be.

Take some unique classes, learn something new, travel somewhere (maybe not right now however… 😬), get out of your comfort zone, and have fun!

7. Be smart with your money

College is expensive, and while some people have full rides to college, a lot don’t! I had quite a few scholarships, and I’m very grateful for that, but I still have some debt I’m going to have to pay off once I graduate.

With that being said, it’s best to save up and be smart with your money now rather than wait! It’s okay to have a night out with friends or your significant other every so often, but make sure you don’t spend too much of your money on that. Live below your means!! A good way to make sure you don’t spend too much going out is to put back a certain amount of money into your savings and don’t touch it! The rest you can spend on yourself.

Start paying off your debts as soon as you can, and when you can pay off the full debt, do it!! (Although this is usually a later step, not for college freshman-right now just worry about saving up!)

8. Apply to scholarships

Scholarships are SO important, and you don’t stop applying after graduating high school! Apply to any and all you can find that apply to you, even if you think you won’t get it. Getting a scholarship can really help you out financially, not just with your tuition but with your textbooks, room and board, meal plans, ALL school expenses. Plus, it definitely looks good on your resume.

That’s all for this post guys, thank you for reading and I hope you enjoyed it! If you did, drop a comment below and tell me what college you are attending or plan on attending 😄

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Published by Cheyenne

travel and lifestyle blogger from Kentucky

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