Today I would like to introduce to you something a little new! Instead of hearing from me, this post is written by Selene from Everyday Selene. She is beginning her Freshman year of college next year, as I know many of my readers are, and she wanted to share some insight on what the process is like for her! So here we go:

Getting Ready for Freshman Year

By Selene Avalos // Everyday Selene

College is one of the best times in a young adult's life! Are you getting ready to leave #highschool and start #college? Or maybe even go back to school as an adult? Check out these tips from somebody else in your shoes! http://danidearest.com/College is for sure one of the most exciting things in a teenager’s life. It is probably because you feel more free, more independent, and like you’re actually grown up. But as always, everything that’s new comes with new opportunities, new experiences, and fears.

This year I am starting my freshman year at college, and I’m quite freaked out: different schedules, new places, new people, and practically an entire new life! That’s why today I would like to share some advice and tips to help you to feel that this new beginning is something beautiful, and not something catastrophic.


IT’S OKAY TO BE AFRAID

As I said before, new things always come with fears, just because it’s something unknown for us. However, it doesn’t mean that you have to ‘be afraid’ of this new experience, because I can assure you it will be amazing. Just think that you spent about 12 years of your life (without counting kindergarten) studying subjects that you probably hate, and now you can choose what you can do with your life. Isn’t that amazing?

TAKE YOUR TIME TO MAKE CHOICES

Choosing a profession or a career does take time. You must understand that, even though you can change the career you picked up, it’s time you’ve “wasted” in a career that you didn’t enjoy because you rushed into it. So I recommend you to take some guidance services, to get an idea of a few choices for you.

Note from Dani: The majority of campuses have some sort of guidance service to help you make these choices, and even the registrar can be a big help!

DO LOTS OF RESEARCHES ON COLLEGES

It will take time to find the right college for you – even if you already picked one when you were younger – it may not be the right fit for you now. Not all of the universities offers things that you will find useful or interesting to your major. So take time to research which school is best for you.

Note from Dani: Still trying to decide which college to go to? Check out this guide to choosing the right college in 9 steps!

STUDY

You will not die if you study a little bit before you start your classes! Try to have your memory fresh so you won’t feel lost during class after the break. And of course, you have to study even harder if you have an entrance or placement exam!

GET ORGANIZED

New places, new people and new schedules. Make sure you have a planner or an agenda to keep track of all the works, exams, and other important dates you must remember.

I would recommend you to try to study at least a week before the exam, as it will be probably a lot of content!

Note from Dani: Need more ideas on how to get organized? Check out my top 6 essential tips for college students!

ENJOY

Just like High School, you will make beautiful memories during college. Take pictures, laugh, learn, laugh even more, and try to take it easy.

So, those are all the tips I have for you guys for now! Hope it helps you somehow. Good luck to all the freshmen out there!


About the Author:

Selene Avalos // Everyday Selene

My name is Selene, and I’m a seventeen year old girl from Buenos Aires, Argentina. I love graphic design, music, crafting & food. I’m definitely a winter person.


 

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  • January 28, 2015 at 11:36 am
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    Great tips! College is all about preparing you for the rest of life and real-world experiences, so it’s good to take the opportunity to learn a lot about who YOU are and what you want from life.

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    • February 3, 2015 at 6:38 am
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      I completely agree about trying to know who you are! That’s super important, and some people forget to do it!. Thank you for reading 🙂

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  • January 28, 2015 at 3:23 pm
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    Great advice…same things I am telling my 17 year old son! Have fun!!

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  • January 28, 2015 at 6:00 pm
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    I definitely agree take time to make decisions! Think them over and their consequences! You are very wise!

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  • January 28, 2015 at 6:04 pm
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    This is a wonderfully helpful post that I will pass onto my newly graduating friends!

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  • January 28, 2015 at 8:17 pm
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    Some really great advice. And don’t worry about trying to choose the perfect major. I have changed my major recently and it is one of the best decisions I have made. A lot of people change their majors so don’t consider it a “waste of time.” That time was spent learning something about yourself. You grew as a person and acquired new knowledge about you that you wouldn’t have other wise. So soak up everything. The successes as well as the mistakes, every moment makes you you!

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    • January 29, 2015 at 4:57 pm
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      Exactly! I’m still undecided about my major right now, but I’m taking my time to figure out what I’m interested in!

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  • January 29, 2015 at 6:35 am
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    Great post! College is way different than high school, but in a good way. Unlike high school, it’s easier to make friends and feel like you belong. Have fun and enjoy it!

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  • January 29, 2015 at 8:28 am
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    Embrace the season that you are in and take time to learn yourself. This is where you establish your standards, boundaries and responsibilities in life. Balance and Moderation is key to success in college.

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