Top 10 Mistakes College Freshmen MakeSo you graduated High School and are off to college. Things will change drastically despite not being a lot of time in between graduation day and move in day. There are some things that you should be aware of when you’re heading to college because this is not like high school and I cannot stress that enough they are vastly different. Here’s kinda a don’t do list that will save you some embarrassment and make your life easier
We all know that in college your parents aren't there making sure you get ready so a lot of times there's that one kid who doesn't brush his teeth only takes like 2/3 showers a week and barely uses deodorant like nobody wants to be around that guy and nobody wants to be their roommate. It shouldn't have to be said but please practice good hygiene it's not that complicated your roommate will thank you and people will actually want to be around you. Just don't be that guy.
I know you're tempted to throw away that syllabus your professor gave you on the first day of class and not give it any thought but I'm here to tell you don't do that. Your syllabus is literally your best friend. Usually it tells you contact information for your professor and their office hours, it lists the grade breakdown and usually has a schedule and all the due dates for the semester because when you say "you never said when it was due" most professors will say yes I did it's on the syllabus and if you do need a textbook the syllabus will tell you that.
College is about getting out and exploring and finding out who you are. Your dorm is literally only built for sleeping and taking care of yourself otherwise there's no reason to stay in your dorm all the time go outside explore campus make new friends that's what college is all about! Go enjoy it while you can because you'll only be there for 4 years
Doing laundry in college sucks. Usually you have 4 washers and 4 dryers for like 100 people and half of them don't know how to do it. You don't realize how stupid people are until it comes to laundry it's not rocket science like practice over the summer at home if you must just don't be that guy who has no clue how to do laundry and then never does it and all your clothes will smell after a week and a half. Also PSA please set an alarm to go get your laundry nothing is more annoying than other people leaving their clothes in the laundry room for literal hours like don't be that guy either.
Shocked to know how many adults don't know how to do laundry. I thought you would've learned this by grade 5 or something.
I know what you're thinking it's August when you move in why bring a winter coat and gloves? Well winter will come faster than you think and unless you live within like 2 hours you're not going home that often so better to bring it and be prepared than be struggling in early November. Same thing goes for an umbrella you don't want to show up to class completely drenched because you don't have a car and have to walk across campus in monsoon like rain. Just be prepared for inclement weather is all I'm saying because professors usually won't cancel class unless the school itself cancels for the day so basically don't expect a snow day
There's nothing worse than moving in like your taking your whole room with you. I promise your dorm isn't that big. No need to bring a couch because it's not going to fit. You'll get a bed desk and dresser and that's really all you have room for. Also check the packing list because you don't want to bring a toaster or space heater and have it get confiscated for being a fire hazard. One last thing don't go overboard with decorations. This is more of a girl problem than a guy problem but still you don't need more than a poster or two maybe a picture or two if you want but don't overdo decorations
Whatever you do do not schedule 8 AM classes just because you did it in high school doesn't mean you can do it in college because you're not as disciplined on your own as you might think. Trust me Do Not do this to yourself you will hate yourself the entire time do a 9 AM instead that's a bit more manageable in my opinion
If you live close I know the temptation is very real. You're homesick because you've never been on your own this long before and you're already stressed but don't make it a weekly thing like once a month if you must but you should be having fun with your college friends stay on campus go to the football or basketball game get involved do something! Don't go home unless it's an emergency or it's a holiday weekend or something. Gas is expensive so don't waste it if you don't have to
I promise you nobody cares about your high school experience anymore this is college now let your high school self go. Also don't wear your high school gear nobody does that and nobody cares you were a 3 time state champion in football and had an undefeated season in basketball and your baseball team made it to state only to get 3rd place. What happened in high school stays in high school.