Article written by Nicole Molfetas, Class of 2017
Going into freshmen year I was very nervous. I thought I wasn’t going to make any friends; I was going to miss my family and friends, and just not want to be there. I thought wrong. Everyone has mixed emotions going into college. Whether it is your freshmen year or even if you’re transferring. However, in the end it comes down to what you make of it. Here are some worries I had as a freshmen and some tips to help you feel less concerned about freshmen year.
This was the hardest part of freshmen year; having to adapt from a home life to a college life was difficult. However, it is possible! I always had my mom to help me with schoolwork, laundry, food and anything else you could think of. However, once I went off to college I had to do everything on my own. At first, I was nervous, but once I did one week of everything on my own I finally felt okay. Everyone is nervous at first, but just remember everyone is in the same position as you. It is everyone’s first year of college and they are trying to adapt just like you.
As I mentioned before I had family to always help me. In college, you realize you have to become very independent. Personally, I prefer to be independent though because I don’t like to rely on other people. There are always going to be people around in college to help you with anything you need, but in the end it’s better to rely on yourself than anyone else. Just always remember that in the future you are going to have to be independent and do things on your own. It makes you feel better about yourself and it will make you grow as a person.
Classes was my greatest responsibility during freshmen year. The professors don’t spoon feed you the materials like they do in high school. You have to remember to keep up with your work and not miss classes. The one thing that helped me become very responsible was an agenda or a planner. I wrote down all my assignment due dates, exam dates, and notes for each day. It really helps keep up with all of your schoolwork as well as other activities.
- Getting Involved
This is definitely something you should do as a freshman. The first week of school I wasn’t involved in anything. My only friend was my roommate. Then I joined the dance team, became apart of the social work club, and found a job on campus. Once you actually put yourself out there it makes it a lot easier to make friends. Don’t be shy, be as social as possible.
I hope this overview helps you feel a little less nervous about freshmen year and a lot more excited!