Here is some of their advice, in their own words:
"Get involved. College is what you make of it. Go out make friends
join a couple of organizations. Do things that help you figure out
what college is going to make of you. Be active. Seek out every
opportunity college throws at you. College si new and different
and unlike anything you've experienced before." -Jessica
"Don't get too caught up in the party scene. It can ruin your college
career. Don't take the friends you make for granted. You will never
know how much you need them until you least expect it. Have FUN!!!!!
These are the best years of our life and they will be over before
you know it!" -Sarah
"Enjoy college and (do) not get too wrapped up in grades, and (do)
not get frustrated easily, and also be nice to everyone you meet,
you never know who you could end up being friends with." -Michelle
"Don't be afraid, just have fun." -Colin
"Have plenty of fun, but don't forget to keep up on your studies
and go Greek." -Ann
"It may get hard, but stick things through. Know that you will make
many mistakes (and you may have to make them a couple times) but
learn from them. The most important thing is to remember why you
are there, and never give up!" -Amanda
"Bring duct tape and extension cords." -Melanie
If your experienced friends are not providing the information you
are looking for there are books available. Which book you need depends
on what you are looking for. I found the book The College Woman's
Handbook, by Rachel Dobkin and Shana Sippy, to be an invaluable
resource. It answers just about every question you could possibly
have and a few you haven't thought of yet. Another book is College
101, which provides a lot of good information about dorm life.
If you are still feeling in the dark try further exploring this
Web site and it's links. I also recommend that you explore some
of the following. Cyber
Campus, a fun site mostly for entertainment, but worth checking
at MiningCo, a comprehensive site combing many valuable resources
for easier surfing.
I have learned a lot about the ins and outs of Freshman year through
my research. The most important thing I have learned is that each
experience is unique and just like any other part of life you cannot
be truly prepared. Expect the unexpected. Make your experience wonderful!
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