What I wish I had known as a freshman — Part I

You’ve heard that expression that hindsight is 20-20. When it comes to college, that expression takes on a new meaning: You wish you knew as a freshman what you know now as an upperclassman.

If you had, think of how much easier your first year of college could have been.

The Student Advisor Blog  offers  a list of 10 things the writer wished she had known as a freshman, including learning how to cook real food and being financially responsible.   

Our upperclass students also have lists. Today, Tayler Lunn, a sociology from Bradford, shares her list with us.


1. Look around before buying books. 

The school store may be the most convenient place to buy your books but it may not always be the cheapest. Look around before you actually buy your books.  Check the different websites and even ask upperclassmen.

2. Learn how to balance school and fun.

Don’t get so involved that you no longer have time to do work, but don’t avoid getting involved either. Find those few clubs or organizations that you want to be a part of and incorporate their meetings and activities into your academic schedule.

3. Get involved.

It is better to be involved and make friends than sitting in your room and only doing school work. Being involved in at least one club or organization is great. This will make your time in college much more enjoyable and you will make so many friends.

4. Get a calendar.

This will help you remember important dates for school, when events are, and even birthdays.

5. Save money.

It’s not the easiest thing to do, but it’s the best thing to do. Spending money on things you don’t need will drain your bank account faster than you think. Save your money for when you really need it. You don’t want to run out of money before the semester is over.

On Wednesday, we’ll hear from Kervin Erdelak of Cheswick, who is double majoring in public relations and writing and is nearly at the end of his college career.

If you have a list, please share it with us.


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