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Let’s face it: Being a college freshman is straight-up scary.

Not only are you away from your parents for the first time, but you’re likely living in a new city and dealing with making a whole new set of friends. Being a new freshman and a college transfer is never easy, but if you keep an open mind, you’ll adjust just fine and enjoy the new experience.

It’s one of the scariest transitions you will make in your life, but it’s possible to make it through while still having some fun. There is a reason why college is often called “the best four years of your life” — now you’ll have the chance to learn why!

Luckily, you’ve got your friends at College Cures to give you some advice to steer you away from common freshman year pitfalls. Hopefully, you’ll learn from our mistakes and have the best freshman year possible!

Here are some rules to live by:

  1. Choose Your Friends Wisely
    Not enough emphasis is put on this when you’re starting out in college. Many of the friendships you will make your freshman year will be based on convenience – the people in your dorm or your fellow classmates. Sometimes these people may not share the same values and priorities as you, but you hang with them anyways because you’re dying to have some friends. Be wary!
  2. Go to Class
    Do not be that freshman who fails their first semester of college. I actually got a 4.0 my first semester of college (the only time I did), even though I was juggling being on dance team and other activities. It is possible to succeed, but it all goes back to you going to class. If you don’t go to class, you’ll regret it.
  3. Avoid Partying Too Hard
    Yes, you can party as a freshman and still get decent grades – but don’t let the partying take over your life. You could get an underage drinking ticket or get really sick if you’re not careful. Try to have fun but keep it in moderation – it is possible t0 party but to also stay safe.
  4. Get Involved on Campus
    The sooner you do this, the better! Not only will you learn more about your campus and school, but you’ll have a platform to meet friends that you share interests with. Most likely, these will be the people who will become your closest friends in school. Go to an organization fair to see what’s available on your campus!
  5. Hit the Gym
    Avoid the “freshman 15” at all costs by hitting up the gym as much as you can. Find a gym buddy who will keep you committed to your gym schedule. It’s a lot more enjoyable to go to the gym when you’ve got a friend to support you. Also, look into the fitness classes your college offers as alternate ways to get (and stay) fit.
  6. Keep Peace with the Roomie
    Avoid roommate drama at all costs. Seriously. You do not want to live in a hostile environment! Make an agreement early on about what the do’s and don’ts of your dorm room are and make sure you’re on the same page. Be honest and direct and you should be able to deal with many possible problems upfront.

For those of you who have survived freshman year, leave your advice in the comments!

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