How to Survive Your Freshman Year

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( — February 20, 2019) — College is an amazing and interesting experience for every freshman student., butit can also be a hard transition. However, transitioning from school to college does not have to be difficult if you plan ahead. Here are some tips that will help make your freshman experience fun and stress-free.

Learn to budget

College can be the first time that students have ever lived independently, and chances are you won’t have as much money to spend now you have to pay for accommodation and university fees. One important trick for surviving at College is budgeting- being able to manage and save your money so you don’t run out. The easiest way to budget is to work out how much money you have every month and then deducting what you will have to spend every month. This way, you will be able to enjoy your time at college without worrying about your expenses.

Learn to study independently

For many college courses, there are not as many contact hours as there would be at your previous education. Some courses can have as little as 9 contact hours per week. This means that you will have to be able to study by yourself. Learn what revision techniques work best for you, and stick to them. Colleges always have really great study spaces all over campus, so it is important to make the most of them.


Most people at college may feel isolated when they first leave home. You don’t know anyone, and the campus is so much bigger than anywhere you have studied before. Therefore, it is important to socialise and get to know the people around you, for example your roommates and your course-mates. Having great friends at college can be really helpful when ever you feel homesick or stressed, as most of them will be feeling the same as you.

Gain some cooking skills

Unless you are living in catered accommodation, you are going to learn how to cook for yourself when you move into college. While you do not need to have an extensive knowledge on cookery, it is vital that you know some recipes before you head to college so you don’t starve. Pasta recipes are a good example of cheap and easy recipes that will fill you up and keep you going while you’re studying.

Look after yourself

College, especially your freshman year, is an exciting time for everyone, but sometimes can feel overwhelming. It is of the utmost importance that you take care of yourself throughout your whole time at university. This means eating right, getting some exercise and getting some rest, otherwise studying and socialising will become very difficult. A great way to do this is to keep up on all your work, but make sure you take time off every evening to relax or meet friends. Furthermore, it is always best to complete essays and coursework well before the deadlines. Stress can and will affect you at college, so it is best to stay prepared so you don’t have too much on your plate.

Have fun

Despite your freshman year being a major transition, it can be the best experience of your life. You will get to meet so many new people throughout your years studying, many of whom will be your friends for life. These tips will hopefully help you adjust to college life quickly and successfully, and enjoy every moment of your time there.