What to expect: Freshman year!

If you’re anything like me, you were kind of hurled into the college experience knowing next to nothing. And sure, if you go to orientation day, you might get a better idea of the campus and what classes are available but you’re still pretty uninformed about what you need to actually focus on when you get to college. Here’s a list I’ve made of things you need to be aware of as a Freshman, that you might not already know.
1) College is a lot less class time, but a ton of prep-time. Hooray for having class twice a week! This does not mean, however, that you’re going to only spend three hours of time on a certain subject per week. Prepare to have a good amount of homework and readings and a couple hours more of work for each class in order to prepare for the next lecture.
2) A lot of the times, attendance, or even the readings, aren’t technically mandatory. But unless you’re already a genius on the subject, do the readings, and go to class. What’s bad about learning as much as you can? You’re paying tons of money to go to college, might as well make the most of it.
3) You’re going to feel pretty lonely the first month especially, and probably won’t find your real group of friends until the end of first semester. This is completely normal, but difficult, especially for people who are naturally shy. Don’t stress about how long you think it’s taking to make some good friends, the right people will come along.
4) If you manage your time wisely, you’ll be able to sleep pretty normally. Most of the people I know who have had a ton of all-nighters are the same people I find playing video games and watching Netflix for five hours straight when they know they have a project due. Really, if you try hard enough, you’ll find time to sleep. Although I can’t say how true this is for architecture students.
5) Get involved on campus. Pick at least one club that you’re interested in, and join it Freshman year. Meetings for clubs are usually only once a week for about an hour but are great ways to meet people who are interested in the same things that you are.
6) Don’t buy the textbooks at the store. Get Amazon Student and rent or buy the books there. You’ll thank me, hundreds-of-dollars saved later.
7) Talk to your professors! Especially in a campus as small as Marywood, it’s easy to have great relationships with your professors. They’re always happy to offer extra help!
8) Recognize the gift it is to be able to get an education. There are plenty of people out there who are unable to have this opportunity, but if you have it, then make the most of it. A lot of times when I question whether or not I feel like going to class a certain day, I remind myself that there are tons of people in the world who would die for the same opportunity. Let’s make the most of what we have, so we can use our knowledge to make the world a better place!

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