Freshman five: Tips for a better year and a better you

Category:  Opinions
Wednesday, September 20th, 2017 at 1:30 PM

We all know college is no easy feat to conquer. From the mountain sized homework piles, to the zombie-like state of morning classes, it’s rough.

Sleep is a long-forgotten friend which can be a difficult adjustment for some once they’re under their own roof. Let’s be real, I’m no expert when it comes to the notion of sleep. I’ve been a permanent resident of “The Insomnia Zone” for a while now; however, at the sophomore level of my college career, I’ve finally gotten the hang of this “adulting” thing. Okay, so that’s a little lie, but here are my top five tips for surviving freshman year:

1. When it comes to studying, find a place away from distractions. Whether that be a friend’s room, the common area of your dorm, the gazebo near Mallory Lake, or your own room, that choice is up to you. Just be sure to pick a place where you can be most comfortable. Grab a pillow and some snacks, and you’re good to go.

Pro Tip: Make sure to pace yourself and take frequent study breaks. Study breaks range anywhere from five to 15 minutes. When you reach a milestone such as an hour, pause and have a snack before moving on to your next task.

2. To help ease your fragile young minds, make sure to stay organized. This is a vital skill to possess
to survive this war of academia and to achieve success. Organizational methods differ from person to person. However, there are a few universal truths to the madness: have a system, whether it be color coding or a number system, etc. Just 
find something that works for you.

Pro Tip: Utilize your phone to help you stay on track. Create reminders, take a screenshot of your schedule and set it as your lock screen; if you have trouble remembering your student ID you can set it as your phone password; it will give you the motivation to memorize it.

3. Procrastination is a silent killer, so be sure to manage your time well. If you require assistance to do so, then visit your faculty advisor during their office hours or the Academic Success Coordinator in the Learning Center on the second floor of the library.

Pro Tip: If you have no clue who those people are, then do yourself a favor and click the starfish icon on your MyEdinboro portal to locate your success network.

4. If you’re a late sleeper, like me, it may be helpful for you to plan your day the night before. That could entail anything from packing the textbooks and school supplies to picking out your future outfit.

Pro Tip: Wear clothes that can pass as both nightwear and daywear, such as joggers and sweaters.

5. College is a place to expand your horizons and make new friends. Go to campus events, participate in resident programs, join clubs and organizations around the school. Don’t be afraid to get involved.

Pro Tip: Join your class Facebook page and beg for friends. It worked for me.

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