10 Tips for College Freshmen

It’s that time of year again. Say goodbye to sleeping in and lazy days and get ready to go back to school for another year. For some of you, this may be your very first year in college. We here at IZON have kids going off to college—some of our own kids and some of our talent that are growing up on us. If you’re one of the many venturing into college life, you’re probably equally parts excited and scared out of your mind. Never fear! We’re here to give you ten tips to help you through your freshman year.



1. Don’t wear pajamas to class!


It may be tempting, but don’t give in! Not only is it a major fashion faux pas, many of your professors can be great connections when you need reference letters after graduation. Do you think they’d write a letter for someone who showed up to their class in pajamas? If you want a job in the professional world, then show them that you’re ready for it. Besides, it doesn’t take that much effort to at least pull on a pair of jeans and a t-shirt.


2. Go to school functions


Often times, schools will have all sorts of functions during the day that are free for students to attend. Not only might you get freebies out of going, but it’s a great way to just relax in between classes. Also….free food! And when you are in college, free is always good!


3. Join a club or organization.


This is one of the best ways to meet new people with common interests. Whether it’s volunteer work, student government or a book club, these extracurricular activities just might help you find something you could do for the rest of your life and introduce you to some lasting friendships.


4. Consider studying abroad.


It’s just your first year and you don’t need to worry too much about it now, but it’s something to keep in mind. It’s a great life experience and can give you that little bit of independence you need to be ready to go out into the real world after graduation. And, it looks great on a resume.


5. Budget wisely.


It can be hard to do since you’re on your own for the first time, but budgeting is a necessity. Clip coupons, shop around for the best deals and keep track of everything you spend. Most of all, stay away from the “free” credit cards they offer college kids. You’ll be glad you did in the long run.


6. If you can, live in a dorm for your first year.


You may not want to deal with unruly dormmates or living in close quarters with someone else, but living in a dorm will give you that full college experience. You’ll learn what you do and don’t like in a roommate and some of your own bad living habits. Plus, it’s a good way to stay involved with what’s happening on campus and to meet other people your age.


7. Branch out and meet new people.


If you’re going to college locally and several of your high school friends will be there, it can be easy to fall right back into that friend group. Try your best to make new friends as well. You might be surprised at all the different types of different people you can meet and be lifelong friends with.


8. Take classes that seem interesting.


College is all about exploring your interests and learning more about those subjects that attract you. Instead of just being focused on getting all of your mandatory courses out of the way, try taking that class in film history that you’ve wanted to try. It never hurts to expand your mind a little and be knowledgeable in a variety of different subjects.


9. Don’t stress. Make some time for yourself.


Class, homework, midterms and projects can all keep you very busy and stressed out. Don’t let these things control you. If you do, then the next four years aren’t going to be fun for you at all. Do your best because that’s all that can be asked of you.


Also, don’t be so focused on class and hanging out with friends that you forget to take some time for yourself. You don’t need to be the life of the party every Friday night. Stay in sometimes and read a book or watch a few movies. Just be sure to take a breather and get away from everything for a while.


10. Be healthy.


You’ve heard of the dreaded freshman fifteen—the fifteen pounds you usually gain because your mom isn’t there to cook for you or tell you that you can’t have pizza every single night for dinner. If you have a gym on campus, take full advantage of it. Eat a vegetable every once in a while and don’t drink five sodas a day just because you can. You’ll be happy you took this advice once spring break rolls around.