Avoid These Freshman Mistakes for a Great First Year of College
We all have regrets in life. You know it and I know it, so let’s stop pretending we’ve embraced each and every mistake and admit there are still things we can’t help but regret.
That saying about regretting what you didn’t do rather than what you did do is also an utter farce; I’ve got equal parts of both, especially when it comes to college. Here’s a look at some of the more common freshman mistakes that students make during their first year of college.
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Thinking Intro Classes Don’t Matter
When you’re a college senior and you’re acing all your 400-level classes, you’re going to kick yourself for getting a B or a C in that easy-as-pie introductory gen ed. You probably won’t even have to bust your ass, but when you’ve got easy classes, you should put in the extra effort to get the A. The senior you will be glad you did.
Forgetting Mom & Dad
Whether they’re paying for your school or not, they still raised, fed, and clothed you for almost eighteen years, so it’s a lot harder for them to send you away than you might think. Make it a weekly thing to call your parents on the phone just to say what’s up.
You don’t have to tell them the nitty gritty details of your life, and you might have to tiptoe around weekend plans and grade reports, but it’s worth it. Just contact them enough so they know they’re important.
Drinking Too Aggressively
It’s not really about the frequency of drinking, because college kids can bounce back from five Wednesday night beers better than anyone. It’s more about the aggressiveness. Do you need 5 shots of Everclear to get your weekend started? We know its Thirsty Thursday and all, but it’s excessive.
The more you drink in one night, the more likely it is that you’ll blackout, miss your next day’s classes, gain excess partying weight, or put yourself in a dangerous situation. Take it easy on the drinking, and enjoy having a low tolerance while it lasts.
Ignoring Your Health
We all know that junk food tends to make up the bulk of a freshman’s diet, and an 8-hour night’s sleep is unheard of. It’s not pretty, but it’s true.Don’t get me wrong; we all understand the importance of hangover foods, all-nighters, energy drinks, and easy mac, but that doesn’t mean there’s no room for a healthy lifestyle as well.
Just a few hours of exercise a week and limiting junk food can make a huge difference in your overall health. You don’t need to be a health nut, but it doesn’t hurt to skip the fried foods every once in a while.
Related: 5 Tips for Better Eating Habits
Saving All Studying for Sunday
This was a big trend my freshman year. Everyone was down for watching movies, playing Edward-40-Hands, and lounging around during every spare moment of the week, saving up for one big homework haul on Sunday. This is a terrible idea.
Your brain can only absorb so much information in one day; especially when that day is Sunday and you’ve been drinking since Wednesday. Your attention span is sure to falter during a 10-hour study session, so try to spread out at least some of your studying and homework assignments throughout the week.
We build the majority of our information memories during sleep, so pair a 30-minute study session with a 30-minute nap a few times a week and you can avoid regrets number 4 and 5 on this list.
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