I DID IT! I actually survived my first year of college at East Tennessee State University, and managed to get pretty decent grades. This past year definitely was not exactly what I was expecting it to be. Freshman year was a combination of things I had heard about and thought was going to happen, and quite a few surprises. I learned a lot about myself and about the college experience in general. So, here’s what I learned as some advice to incoming freshman.
1. You actually have to study… A LOT. In high school I was one of those people that could take notes and pay attention in class, and then not have to study that much outside of class and still get A’s and B’s. Then I got to college and that all changed! In college classes you move so quickly in order to cover all of the material that needs to be covered, and it requires a lot of out of class reading. If I didn’t study for a quiz in any of my college classes I suffered for it big time. Just look at my Psychology grades this semester. The first two tests I made an 85 & a 69, but for the last two (ones I studied for a whole bunch) I made a 101 and 103. If that doesn’t prove to you that studying makes a difference, then I don’t know what will.
2. Don’t be afraid to go out there and make new friends. I was lucky in that a lot of my close friends from high school ended up going to the same college as I did. I knew at least one person in every single one of my first semester classes, and that made me feel so much more comfortable. When the spring semester rolled around, all of that changed. I only knew of one class that I had with someone I knew. It was kind of terrifying, but it forced me to go out of my way to meet new people. Don’t be afraid to say hi to someone new on the first day of class! They may turn out to be your next best friend.
3. Wear comfortable walking shoes. College involves a lot of walking around from class to class. You will definitely want a nice pair of shoes that will be nice to your feet. This will come especially handy when running across campus in order to not be late to a class with a strict professor.
4. Rain gear is a MUST. Something that tags along with the lots of walking is walking around in the pouring rain. You never know when a downpour might start right before you next class, and you’ll be thankful for the rain coat and umbrella that helped you make it to class not looking like a wet dog.
5. Keep up with all of your due dates & important events. Your first year of college will go by SO fast. Make sure you are keeping up with all of the important dates, or you’ll be scrambling to get things done and that is no fun.
Those were the top 5 things I learned from my freshman year of college! Now, time for a little blog update. As those of you who have been with me from the beginning will know, I started this blog as an assignment for my multimedia productions class. Starting a blog is something I have always wanted to do, so I’ve decided to keep up this one! It is going to be going under a little re-design though since I did not have to much time for that during the semester when it was created. For now my domain has changed to http://www.baileydevore.wordpress.com! I am working on the design and schedule for the Summer now, so be on the lookout for fresh looks and content coming soon.