Freshman Year 101: Do’s & Don’ts

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Congratulations, you’re officially in college! You’ve tolerated four long years of high school for this grand moment. College is not like dancing in a grand-ballroom with Audrey Hepburn or Humphrey Bogart (or both), but it’s certainly close to it! By the time you read this article, you’ll already be enrolled in your second month as a real college student. Yahoo! Now, since this isn’t high school (thank goodness), there are some things you should be aware of while being in college, especially your freshman year. Now, since I’m a senior, I’ll be able to give you some helpful advice on freshman year do’s and don’ts.

DO: Look both ways before crossing the street (ok, I just HAD to throw that in there).

DON’T: Text and walk on campus. That will lead to an unfortunate, and most times awkward situation.

DO: Plan your academic career to graduation out IMMEDIATELY (check what courses are REQUIRED in your major).

DON’T: Wait until the last minute to map your, “voyage” to graduation (that’s no fun).

DO: Be an ACTIVE MEMBER in campus life! Join clubs, organizations, sports, and more, NYIT has plenty to offer (you’ll be happy you did)!

DON’T: Decide to sit in the cafeteria contemplating between doing homework and binge watching on Netflix (sorry, y’all)!

DO: If your major allows, look into internships – they’ll prepare you for the “real world” (most places look for juniors and seniors, but it’s best to start planning NOW)!

DON’T: Decide to be lazy and take an internship NOT in your field of interest (you’ll learn less than you bargained for).

DO: CHECK YOUR EMAILS EVERY DAY OF YOUR LIFE (I can’t stress this enough. Emails are your life now. Thanks, AOL).

DON’T: Please avoid being, “that” person who doesn’t check important emails from professors, faculty, and fellow students who-are-paired-with-you-in-a-group- project-and-need-your-work-to-be-submitted (sorry, venting here).

DO: Take advantage of pulling the, “I’m a college student” card at stores – you’ll be surprised that MANY offer STUDENT DISCOUNTS (*cough* Banana Republic, Apple, J. Crew, Amazon, MOES OF GREENVALE *cough*).

DON’T: Be “that person” (I’m being very generous with wording here) and just buy everything at retail price (NO, NO, NO).

DO: If you find yourself struggling in a subject, fear not! Visit the learning center for all your academic questions.

DON’T: Wait until the last minute to figure out physics. Your professor didn’t and neither will you (sorry, honesty hurts).

DO: Space your classes out accordingly, giving yourself enough time to get to the next (trust me, getting from the Quad to Ed. Hall is NOT fun in under five minutes).

DON’T: Schedule your classes in two different parts of campus, with only five minutes to get to the next (JUST DON’T).

Finally, the most important DO for ALL freshman (and all students for that matter):

DO: be YOU. There’s only ONE you and I’m 99% sure you ROCK. So just be YOU and ONLY you.

Thank you! This has been another episode of, “Freshman Year 101: Do’s & Don’ts.” Tune in next year to see if anything changes or let us know at the Slate if these were helpful. College will be some of the best years of your life, especially at NYIT, so live it up (BUT, please be safe)!

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