10 Tips for College Freshmen

This week, college freshmen around the country, including over 7,000 new students at The University of Texas at Austin, will begin the next (and quite possibly most fun) chapter of their lives. College is a new and exciting time for students, but it can also be very intimidating and stressful, so we’ve put together a list of 10 important tips that college freshmen need to know.

Go to class!
And don’t just show up; pay attention and take notes! That way, when the first exam rolls around, you won’t be scrambling to borrow a friend’s notes or spending the night in the library with a gallon of coffee.
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Photo by Flickr user velcr0

Budget, Budget, BUDGET!
Budgeting your money is one of the most valuable lessons you can learn in college. Keep track of your spending, don’t splurge on unnecessary items and save as much as possible!
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Photo by TaxCredits.net

Don’t eat at the buffet-style dining hall every night just because that’s the only option right next to your dorm.
The freshman 15 is a lot harder to take off than it is to put on.

Photo by Scott Kidder

Have fun, but not too much fun.
It’s totally fine to go to an 80’s themed frat party or check out the local night life, but know your limits and always be prepared!
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Photo by Andrew Hyde

Don’t buy textbooks before school starts.
You’ll realize quickly that textbooks are ridiculously expensive, so wait until the first week of classes to see what textbooks are actually required and which are just “recommended.” When you do decide to buy your books, look at renting, buying used books or borrowing from friends who have already taken the class.
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Photo by Flickr user Nik

Get involved.
College is a great time to pursue things you never have before. Whether it’s Greek life, or joining a campus activities council, getting involved is a great way to make new friends and perhaps make a difference in your life, or even someone else’s!
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Photo by COD Newsroom

Find an internship.
Not only are they great networking opportunities, they’re also the best “real world” experience you’ll gain as an undergrad. It helps to have at least a couple of internships under your belt when you start applying for jobs.
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Photo by COD Newsroom

Study abroad.
You may not get another chance to live in another country for an extended period of time AND get college credit for it, so take advantage of the opportunities!
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Photo by Flickr user Smith

Don’t sweat the small stuff.
Sure, grades are important, but don’t wear yourself out trying to make an A on every exam or assignment. College is about way more than going to class and doing your homework. It’s a time to learn more about yourself and what you’re passionate about.
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Photo by Sage Ross

Make every moment count.
You’ll hear it a thousand times, but college really does go by too fast. Make new friends, try new things and make the most of these four (or five) short years.

Photo by Flickr user Erling A
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