Preparing for freshman year is an exciting but nerve-wracking time for most students. Thankfully, there are things that you can do to make sure that you are ready for your first day! In this post, I am going to share with you some of my best advice for high school students and incoming freshman!
Prepare for freshman year in advance
First things first, you need to start preparing in advance for you freshman year because it will be here before you know it! Here is some of my best advice for incoming freshman on how to prepare for your first year of college in advance!
-By improving your studying skills
The material that you will be learning in college is going to be so much harder than what you’ve learned in high school. You are going to have huge tests to study for. A ton of extra assignments to do. And a high possibility of stress overwhelm! This is why improving your studying skills now can be so helpful! Instead of waiting until the last minute to study (or not studying at all!) for your high school tests, I want you to start playing around with different studying techniques. Figuring out what methods work best for you now will save you a lot of extra stress and low exam scores during your freshman year!
-By boosting your productivity
Another thing that would be helpful for you to learn is how to be more productive. Productivity is one of the main things that many college students struggle with. Unfortunately, this leads to a lot of extra stress and late night cramming. We want to avoid those as much as possible! Instead of waiting until you get to college, I want you to try to start being more productive now! You can do this by using the Pomodoro productivity technique, by using a planner or other organization system, and by beginning to study at least three days in advance for exams. I know three days in advance sounds like a lot, but in college, you are going to need to be able to do this in order to make the grades that you want!
-By discovering how to make friends
Making friends is another big thing that many high school students worry about! My advice for incoming freshman would be to start meeting people at your future college now. Many schools have a freshman Facebook page or group. If you already know who your roommate is, I would also suggest that you get in contact with them. You can start this by texting them, introducing who you are, asking them about themselves, and then asking about how they want do decorate the dorm room. Then, as you go dorm shopping, you can keep up the communication by sending them pictures of the goodies you buy!
-By choosing a major
Another thing that I want you to start thinking about as a high school student is what major you want to choose. This will strongly relate to your career field choice so make sure you have that decided first! Then, you can find the best major that will help you get to that future career! If you are struggling to pick a major, my best advice for incoming freshman would be to only take basic courses your first semester. If possible take two general education courses that relate in some way to your top two college major ideas. Being in these classes could help you pick between them!
Find out what to expect:
Finding out what you can expect during your freshman year is something that could really come in handy! Here are a few ways that you can do this!
-By talking to current students
I know you might be shy, but reaching out to someone who already attends your future college is a great way to get valuable insight into what you can expect. Most upperclassmen are happy to help freshman get used to the whole college thing! You can ask them things like where’s the best place to get food around here, what professors should I avoid, what were some of your favorite classes, etc!
-By asking questions
As I mentioned above, asking questions either in person, online, or on blogs (like this one!) can really help you get prepared for freshman year too! Most people are happy to help you adjust and want to see you succeed! All you have to do is reach out and ask!
-By joining my free mini freshman year prep course!
Last but not least, if you are still totally freaking out about starting your freshman year, I have an amazing free course that you can grab to get some of my best advice for incoming freshman! All you have to do is sign up at the end of this post! In the free course, I answer all of your freshman year prep questions all in one place!
I hope this post helped answer a lot of your freshman year prep questions! No matter where you go, I know you are going to have a great time in college! Remember, if you have more questions, don’t hesitate to sign up for my free mini freshman year prep course below! Enjoy!
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