Freshman Year: A Survival Guide

by Natalie Dest

Freshman year of college can be one of the most confusing and exciting parts of a young adult’s life. In a blink of an eye, students are bombarded with new faces, a new sense of responsibility and a new campus to call home for the next two semesters.
It’s safe to say that a smooth transition from high school to college is something wanted most by students. However, some hiccups and bumps along the way are unavoidable when entering one’s first year.
So, for the Central Connecticut State University Class of 2021, below is a compiled list of tips and tricks that will guide you in the right direction, making your first semester at CCSU comfortable, exciting and worthwhile.

 

Number One: Get to know your roommates and others within your hall.

These are the people you are going to be surrounded by for the next year. Therefore, it’s a good idea to establish a relationship and befriend these other students, with hopes of making your living situation a more comfortable and enjoyable environment.

Number Two: Leave your dorm room.

Although it’s tempting to relax and watch Netflix within the walls of your dorm, mingling with hallmates, attending on-campus programs or just taking a walk around campus can really be beneficial. This will broaden your horizons and connections on campus, ultimately giving you a better college experience.
Number Three: Explore the food options on and off campus.

Sometimes the dining hall doesn’t always do the trick. Stepping off of campus and finding surrounding restaurants and fast food can be very helpful when the dining halls are closed.
Number Four: Find your study spot.

Exploring hidden or quiet places around campus can help greatly when trying to study for class. The right spot can be very useful when you have midterms or finals, or even if you’re trying to finish up some homework.
Number Five: Go to class.

This seems like an obvious step. However, sometimes we all feel the urge to sleep in or skip class for a day or two. It’s important to remember that you are paying for college. Your money is going towards your education and the classes you take here at Central. Although we all may experience these types of days, remember the reason why you are here: to earn your degree.
Number Six: Befriend your professors.

This is a crucial and highly beneficial step. Whether it’s in a class you’re struggling to understand or one that comes easily, it’s always a smart idea to learn your professors’ office hours. Going to your professor for extra help with any questions you might have will make all the difference. Putting a face to the name is also important, especially when attending a lecture class with many students.
Number Seven: Don’t be scared to ask an upperclassman.

They’ve all been in your shoes before. Don’t be afraid to ask them for help when you need it. Those who have attended Central since they were freshmen are bound to know the campus inside and out. You never know if they might have an answer to one of your questions, so why not ask?
Number Eight: Get involved.

Joining a club or an organization on campus will help you in the long run. Not only does it look good on a job application, but it’s a good way to test your skills, meet new people and to get to know the campus a bit better.
Number Nine: Don’t party too hard; know your limits.

It’s often easy to go crazy your first year of college. New friends, new atmosphere and new opportunities are surrounding you. But once again, remember why you are here: for your education. It is okay to party and hang with your friends on the weekends, as long as you set boundaries, leave time for yourself and enough time for your academics.
Number Ten: Don’t be nervous.

Every other freshman is in the same boat as you are. Everything is brand new, and you are learning the ropes around your new “home.” It’s okay to feel a little lost, but give it time. Soon you will be an expert around campus, and will eventually get the hang of the college scene.