COMMON MISTAKES MADE BY COLLEGE FRESHMEN
In this week’s blog, I will discuss additional mistakes that freshmen can make and how to prevent them. Freshmen year is a big transition year for students with new cultures, expectations and responsibilities. Mistakes will be made but it is helpful to have this information before move in day for freshmen.
Freshmen will experience many new opportunities for socializing. Freshmen are given new freedom, with this must come a new sense of responsibility with academics being the priority. Socializing is a great part of the college experience but it should not be top priority. Freshmen should be socially responsible and abide by the law when they are out with their friends.
There is such a thing as over socializing as well as under socializing. Colleges will offer many clubs and organizations that students can join. There will be opportunity for travel and for service work. There will be something for everyone. Freshmen should seek out clubs that speak to their extra curricular interests. This is also a good way to make new friends while experiencing new things.
While in the classroom, it is the student’s responsibility to be prepared and to participate. If students are going to miss a class, the student should let the professor know. Students should invest themselves in the course and the work; it is necessary to come to class prepared and ready to learn.
Another mistake that freshmen can make is dropping a class that they do not like or one that seems to be too difficult. Dropping a class can impact financial aid and the intended path toward graduation. Students want to maintain their full course load so that they graduate on time and meet the challenges that a new difficult course can offer.
Freshmen students can be tempted to go home frequently if they live close enough to campus. Students should try to spend as much time on campus as possible. Going home too frequently can be a mistake and students need to give campus life a fair shot. Campus living should become relaxing and familiar similar to the home that they left behind to come to college. With this sense of familiarity will come new friends, activities and opportunities.
Lastly, freshmen year will be a learning experience. Students should learn from their own mistakes and from mistakes made by their peers. Freshmen should be able to make informed decisions while recognizing their limits. The first year in college is known to be a time when students make countless errors, but students should remember that no one is perfect. The key is to learn, grow and move forward.