Tips for Freshman Year of College and Beyond

Green highway sign that says "College just ahead".Going into college can be a very scary thing. I have learned so much throughout my college experience and it all started with freshman year. Here is a collection of tips to help you succeed and will contribute to your success.

  1. Make sure you show up to class. You never know when a professor is going to have something crucial to say that may help you on a test or quiz. Your attendance also shows that you care.
  2. Get your own bank account, if you do not have one already. You are now in college, you should be managing your own finances. It will benefit you for life after college.
  3. ALWAYS back up your files. Never trust your computer. The last thing you want to worry about is losing important files, especially that 10-page paper that you have been working on for hours.
  4. Get a credit card. Start building credit. If you think you are spending too much or can’t pay your balance in full, tear the card up.
  5. Get a part time job. Having a part time job while going to school can be great. It will help you with time management skills and will put extra money in your pocket.
  6. Get to know your professors. Your professors are the best people to network with. You never know when a professor has a connection that can get you a job after college or even get you an internship when you are in college.
  7. Get involved. I cannot stress this one enough. Try out every club you can until you find something you like. College is about finding yourself and this is the best way to do so. Plus, you will make a lot of friends.
  8. Find out what services your campus offers and where they are located. You never know when you are going to get sick and need medicine and cannot go see a doctor off campus. Plus, you may already be paying for services in your tuition and may not realize it. So if you’re paying for them why not use them!
  9. Create a resume. If you do not already have a resume make one and have people read it over and critique it. The Career Development Center is a great resource to use if you need help with a resume or cover letter.
  10. Take a speech class. This may sound like a drag and like something you don’t want to do. However, it will help you in the long run with your communication skills which job recruiters highly seek.
  11. Be confident. Go out of your comfort zone and explore. It doesn’t hurt to try new things. College is a great opportunity for personal development.

I have explained lots of tips that will help you during your freshman year and beyond. Have fun and enjoy every moment in college. It is going to go by so quick. At Farmingdale, there are lots of services and activities for students to get involved. I have made lots of mistakes throughout college especially during my freshman year, but it has changed and shaped me into the person I am today. College is a time to explore and find yourself. Have fun and enjoying doing it!

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