Surviving Freshman Year of College

By: Courtney Schmidt Email
By: Courtney Schmidt Email

Making the transition for high school to college can be a bit daunting. Whether you are coming to Aggieland from a small town or a metropolitan area, you are now entering a world where you are one of thousands. Do not let that scare you. Even though you are in a sea of many, those many are now your Aggie family. Here's a few tips on how to survive your freshmen year (Take it from a veteran who has been there). Everything is changing, and yes, it's scary, but take a deep breath and hold on, because your Aggie adventure is about to begin!

Get Involved
Stay busy, busy, busy. I cannot express enough how important being involved is. Joining organizations, clubs, sports groups, team activities, etc. will allow you to meet new people and start making a name for yourself. There will be a MSC Open House at the beginning of the semester and I highly encourage attendance. Find out more about all the organizations on the Student Affairs site.

Find Opportunities
Start looking for a job on campus, it looks good on a resume, plus you can make more friends! I know it is probably too early to be talking about it, but on-campus jobs are like hot cakes, they go fast! Pick about 3 to 4 departments you might be interested in and apply. Do not worry about your resume, they'll understand that you are a freshmen, so all high school activities are understandable.

Manage Time
Now, with all this activity that you will be participating in, you will need to watch the clock. Finding a balance between school and activities, is the most important habit you can develop during your freshmen year. When given an assignment, start on it. Go to the library and focus. Turn off your cell phone, get off of Facebook, Twitter, Instagram (those are for breaks). When I went to camp, they mentioned that nearly 25% of all freshmen drop out. It was scary, but true. Do not let time creep up on you because you still have to fit in time on Saturdays!

Utilize Facilities
So you just paid thousands to dollars to attend this great university and now it is your turn to utilize all that it has to offer. Go the Rec Center. You paid for it. Check movies from the library. You paid for it. Use the computer lab. You paid for it. For cheap entertainment, I know there is a "Movie in the Park" night that happens once a month at Spence Park. I know the theater department puts on shows every semester. My point is that A&M has resources available to you, so why not use them?

Stay Optimistic
In the words of Dory, "just keep swimming." During the first few weeks, you are going to be on this "high", not literally, but you know what I mean. Being at a new school, first football game right around the corner and you want to meet up with everybody for lunch. Yes, everything is going to happen fast. But once the dust settles and reality begins to set in, papers due, test next week, oh, my gosh I have to complete that group project. The pressure will be there. I am not going to sugar coat it. Just stay Calm and carry on, like the British would say.
This is your freshmen year! You are building your foundation for the next four years so do not leave any stone unturned.

Welcome to Aggieland Class of 2017!

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