College Freshmen Tips

June 2, 2014


Since I am no longer a freshmen student, I’d like to share some of my personal insights or tips that are based on my personal experience. Yes, college is really different from high school. I hope these will help you on your first week or month as a college student.  

1. Try doing some research – When I saw my block in my assessment, I decide to search it on twitter and facebook. At first, I was really hopeless, but luckily, I was able to find my block mates through social media. My goal was: I just wanted to have some idea who’ll be around me for almost 5 months and not to be a loner in our first day of school! Haha! Funny but I know every freshman feels the same way right now…

2. Always be on time – My first class was 7:00am and from Cavite to Manila, it wasn't really easy for me. I was always late back then. I never thought that it’ll be the reason for me to have a failing grade. I really felt so hopeless that time that I might not be able to pass the subject. But through self-discipline, I was able to pass the subject!!! (And yes, it was English! 5 units to be exact.)

3. Be friendly – Help yourself! Always smile and be open to meet new friends. Want a tip? Do not stick to one friend but too many!! Because you have no clue what will happen in the future. Agree? Do not trust someone so easily and do not judge a person as long as you haven’t talked to them. Because sometimes, the person you hate the most is the one who truly understands and cares for you.

4. Know you limits! – My friends and I loves to hang out but we always make sure to focus more in our studies. Also, having a boyfriend is a NO-NO! to some. Yes!  It’s cool to have a partner but you must really know your limits! Why? Because it’s really annoying to see someone who focuses more in love than you school!

5. Trust yourself – We all know that college life is really stressful but it is worth it! All those sleepless nights and unending stress is a challenge. If you fail, smile and be better! Trust yourself in everything that you do!

88 comments

  1. Thank you for the tips! My son will a junior in high school next year and he gets up everyday at 6am. He doesn't like it, but he never complains and I only have to tell him one time to get up. 7am for a first class is really hard especially something like English. Glad you passed!

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    1. Aw! Yes, even my friends experienced the same thing but we're able to overcome it! :)

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  2. On being yourself, it's good not to flaunt what you don't have - like don't buy many clothes just because you don't want others to see how you repeatedly wear the pieces you have. School is about learning anyway.

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  3. Being friendly is important. A smile can open so many doors!

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  4. Those are definitely some great tips! Another one I'd love to add: start those projects on time, better to be prepared than have too little time when the deadline is near

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  5. Knowing your limits is a key! It is easy to over extend yourself and not be able to say no.

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  6. Ah, I remember my first year! I had a blast - met really great people that I'm still friends with and also did really well in my courses. Your tips are great, and I would add that you should be open to experiences. Don't turn anything down (well, within reason) because you never know what you might discover about yourself or the world!

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  7. I guess I have to invest on trusting myself. And this is not only true for Freshmen, I think this is applicable to everybody who want to venture on a new journey in life. These are all great and useful tips

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  8. Great tips! Oh, yes, education is the key. I squander my college with parties. So regret. You got a good head on your shoulders and keep smiling

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  9. i just remember when I'm in that stage i have this ''kana'' feeling for a first time.. these post was very helpful indeed gonna share these to my cousins thanks!

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  10. It's been a long time since college but I have to agree those are all spot on... Can never go wrong with a smile and definitely on 'always being on time'.

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  11. First impression last so it's better to show the real you in that first impression.

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  12. These are really great tips for a college Freshmen, I bet it will really help a lot of students. It's hard to imagine what college will be like before it starts for new students.

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  13. I miss being a college freshman but you could do this tips too even you are in second, third and so on. :)

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  14. Be friendly and knowing your limits is important. You should be open to new friends but choose the ones that would be good influences.

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  15. Those are some awesome tips. I remember how tough it was when I was in college.

    Michelle F.

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  16. Thanks for the tips, I know a couple of people starting fresh in College; it's not an easy thing at all.

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  17. Definitely be friendly, when you are in a new environment never be standoffish.. Make allot of friends then weed out the bad ones..

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  18. So nice of you to share your tips! Thanks!

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  19. Being punctual is key. It's so easy to miss out on this habit, but it goes a long way in showing respect for others.

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  20. Great post. My son starts college in the fall and I will share this post with him.

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  21. These are great tips. I will be using this for my son in a few years. You're last tip is a really great tip. Thanks.

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  22. Great tios!! your tips are applicable to students in general thanks for sharing.

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  23. Another tip is to stay away from those who are smoking and using drugs. They are not the studious type - not the ones I prefer hehe.

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  24. great post, I did not go to college but I would think it would be hard starting off in college being the low man on the totem pole. I remember the freshman days of high school.

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  25. thanks for the great tips love them all

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  26. So agree with this! you really have to be friendly for you to have someone to trust to. nice list! :)

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  27. It's a balance game, isn't it? It takes some time to figure out how to schedule and manage everything!

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  28. I think it's hard not to date in college, it's such a social arena. I do see the academic perks of skipping the dating scene though!

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    1. Me too. It's okay to date but never forget what's your priority. I had a blockmate just like that and it was annoying

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  29. These are great tips! If I were a freshman, I would need your 2nd tip "always be on time" because I was always late lol. I feel like time and I aren't close friends at all.lol.

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  30. Great Tips. Thanks for sharing this

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  31. If only I could go back to college but not have to do any of the work. HAHA I like these tips.

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  32. These are really useful tips of college freshmen! The trust and be on time tips are great!

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  33. Great tips for a blogger! I really want to remember this, I will pin it for me. Thank you!

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  34. If I got these tips 3 years back, I wouldn't be so stressful during my first sem. @@

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  35. If I have these tips 3 years back, I wouldn't be so stressful during my first sem.

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  36. I think one of the mistake I made when I started college was I took on too much all at once. So knowing your limits when it comes to hanging out or the amount of class you take is a very good tip for sure!

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  37. Thanks for the tips! I remember my college days :D haven't done the no. 1 tho :D

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  38. These are great tips. Thanks for sharing. Key is to trust yourself

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  39. Those are very useful tips and I can add this one too, avoid being inferior and master being different because this is also one of the most common problem of a freshman college.

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  40. I hear what you're saying but knowing your limits can be just as inhibiting. Limits in terms of right and wrong are oh so important. But when it comes to limits of potential, possibility, and the sorts .... that's crushing. Back when I was in the film industry, I was pitching my script to get it made into a movie. They told me my idea was too ambitious and funded something that takes place in outer space instead. How mad is that. I'm glad they turned it down actually, now I'll get to write it on my own terms. So I guess what I am saying is careful to which kinds of limits you're subscribing.

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  41. Great poster and great advice. I got no advice as an incoming Freshman back in the day. I really could have used some. Great blog

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