Top 10 Things I Wish I’d Known as a Freshman
by Abbey Roam ’13
1. Your teachers want you to succeed
Your teachers are not there to be harsh, give you grades, and send you on your way. They want you to learn, so don't be afraid to ask questions or talk with them after class or in their office.
2. The freshmen 15 is not a myth
Just because you have cafeteria full of food doesn't mean you should eat five plates every meal. Nor does it mean that you should drink soda every meal because it is there.
3. Use your free time productively
Your first semester may seem overwhelming, but you will have free time, so use it wisely. Think ahead. If you have an 8:15 class, don't stay out late with your friends the night before.
4. Work out
You will be amazed at how less tired you are, and how much more focused you will be by getting your endorphins going a few times a week.
5. This isn’t high school
Quit living in your high school glory days – no one cares, nor is interested. Work on making new friends and don't try to impress them with your high school stories. Be yourself and show people who you are – not what you were.
6. Take advantage of your introductory programs
I know these programs may seem silly and routine, but they put you in contact with people who are at your same stage in life. Use these opportunities to meet as many people as you can. This is where many Badgers meet their lifelong friends.
7. Don't add up the points you need to pass; earn as many points as you can
Don't look at the passing grade you need to get by on every test. Work hard on every assignment, paper, and exam.
Being able to adapt to new environments and situations is probably the most important lesson you will learn. This is your practice round for the real world. Use this time to better yourself. Do your laundry, keep your room clean, respect your roommate, and learn from every situation you get yourself into.
9. Always be personable
When you get out of college, getting a job is going to be about who you know. Meet as many people as you can and leave a good impression from day one.
Getting a good night’s sleep is very important in order to get the most out of college. You will be more alert and productive, and you will be able to learn more as a result. You will also will be generally healthier and be able to fight sickness if your immune system is well rested.
Abbey Roam ’13, graduated from Spring Hill College with a degree in graphic design and minors in public relations, advertising, and studio art. Originally from Lebanon, Mo., Abbey transferred to Spring Hill her junior year and has never looked back. She is currently working as a freelance graphic designer, and plans to attend graduate school for her master’s degree in design.