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Freshman Year of College: Before You Go

I am a college student.  I’ve been there.  I’ve done that whole Freshman year.

Been there.  Done that.

I am here to tell you that it will not be easy.

But, I can give you some tips that helped me (or I learned later and have since applied to my life).

  • De-clutter your life. Get rid of everything you do not need.  This means everything: people, things, habits, etc.  It may be difficult, but it will be worth it.
  • Start eating healthier.  Staying healthy and avoiding the Freshman 15 is dependent upon your eating habits. The earlier you start, the more solid the habit will be ingrained.
  • Make a schedule and stick to it.  If you are always in bed at 10pm and up at 6 or 7am, your body, your relationships, and your grades will thank you.  If you study at a certain time of day, your body and mind will be more prepared to learn than if your study schedule changes often.  If you watch a film twice a week with friends at a certain time, let nothing stand in the way (unless it is doing another activity with your friends – then it is a good trade).
  • Limit social media.  Yes, it is tempting to be on Pinterest for a few minutes.  However, a Pinterest minute is equal to 5 minutes real time.  Discover which sites are your weaknesses and limit your time.  A way I limit my time is by having a kitchen timer set at 30 minute intervals – I study for 30 minutes, pinterest for 30, study for 30, clean for 30, yoga for 30, study for 30 and so on.
  • Avoid romantic relationships.  It may be cruel to say, but romantic relationships from high school to college rarely work.  You are changing your life, leaving the old behind.  If you bring the old with you and it does not grow at the same rate as you, it causes necessary drama that you do not want in your life.  The same goes for getting into a relationship your first year.
  • Drink more water.
  • Get a haircut/haircolor you have never tried before.  Nothing says, “I’m gonna change my life.” more than a new hairstyle.
  • Be nice to yourself.  Say nice things about yourself to yourself and others.  Self-confidence is a rising issue in young women of all ages.  We see enough every day through advertising.  Put a stop to it in your own life.
  • Budget your money.
  • Have a hobby you can do by yourself. Time specifically for yourself is vital.  Turn off the cell phone and the computer and do something productive.  Pinterest has some good projects and new things to try.
  • Keep a journal.
  • Decide what you need to take and minimize it.  Take the bare necessities.  You will not end up using everything they suggest you bring, but everyone is different so figure out what you absolutely cannot live without and plan around that. (I have a list and budget plan here…)

There you go!

Have a great school year!

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