10 tips every college freshman should know

  • Article by: Lee Bierer , McClatchy Newspapers
  • Updated: September 8, 2013 - 5:12 PM

It’s so important for freshmen to make good first impressions and avoid disastrous mistakes. Here are 10 tips to start your first semester right.

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ajbeastro99Sep. 8, 13 6:27 PM

What's up with the anti-Greek advice? Perhaps a bit more of an explanation about your personal experience or data backing up your opinion is needed if that's the info you want to vaguely put that out there. Just like everyone has differing personalities, study habits, and social preferences, people also have differing experiences when it comes to Greek life. While it may not be the best decision for some people to others it can be a lifelong positive payback in terms of friendships, connections, and college memories.

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nativesonzzSep. 8, 13 8:17 PM

Bring a Solid DVD collection? What year is this?

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bluemocoSep. 9, 13 8:34 AM

@ajbistro99 -- Apparently you didn't read the article. It reads, "Pledging in the first few days of school can be socially traumatic. You are much better off waiting until spring if your college offers that option."

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agillundSep. 9, 13 2:04 PM

Plus you save a bunch of money not having to buy your friends.

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endothermSep. 9, 1310:00 PM

It is not "anti-Greek" to suggest waiting and considering your options before pledging a fraternity or sorority. There is a time and place for this option, but it isn't a choice you have to make immediately. Don't try to cram too much stuff into your first semester. Instead, work on building a solid foundation.

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nogophersSep. 10, 1310:01 AM

Best advice: Keep dorm room door open unless studying or sleeping. You'll connect with others in your dorm.

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rnvhillSep. 10, 13 1:08 PM

In high school you were in a general mix of people - sure there was some filtering as you got into stuff like physics and chemistry but it was still a broad selection of the population. In that mix you shined brightly - it is part of why you are now in a school of higher learning. But remember, everyone with you now shined just a brightly as you. What you had to do to do well before will now be what it takes to get by or worse. I failed to understand this and a glance at my first UC grades will attest to this.

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