10 tips to survive freshman year

By Naomi Raicu

1. Bring your phone to class. Some teachers allow quick in-class research or other use
of your phone’s capabilities in class, and while it’s not necessary, it can be very useful. Of course, keep it stowed and silent at any other time.
2. Get involved in a club or a sport! Even if you feel like you’re “not the type” for that specific activity, oftentimes stepping out of your comfort zone pays off, and you’ll be exposed to new people and ideas. Try out for Showcase, join Softball, and of course – join Ripples; go out there and do it!
3. Stick with the flow of traffic, i.e. keep to the right of the hall. You can talk to your friends while you walk instead of stopping to do so, forcing people to shove their way
around you. Just go with the flow and say no to hallway congestion.
4.Take advantage of your lunch periods. You can often find your teachers in their classrooms then and ask them questions about anything you help with, or make
up tests and quizzes. Miss a heart rate monitor? Make it up at lunch. Need to practice
for Solo and Ensemble? Do it at lunch. Forget something at home? Lunch. (Find a way to
still eat, though!)
5. Try to stay organized. We all naturally have different degrees of organization, but keeping it together is a must in order to do well. Keep old – but useful – papers, notes,
and projects from units long-gone at home in order to be prepared for semester exams.
That prevents buildup in your binders and helps alleviate some of the pain of studying.
6. Study smart. Whether you’re studying for a test or semester exams, changing your location can really help. Go to a library or a coffee shop once in awhile – you may find it really helps. Studying with friends may help, but if it poses as more of a distraction,
it’s not the way to go.
7. Take exam week as it comes. Stressing is normal, but don’t dread it too much. As long as you begin to review the semester’s material 2 to 3 weeks in advance, doing some each day, you should be good. Don’t be shy – ask your teachers questions, it’s what they’re here for.
8. Carry around a few essentials in your backpack. Bring a water bottle (staying hydrated is a must!), earbuds, money, a snack (for classes that allow it), and your (silent) phone.
9. Respect your teachers. They have a hard job and their ultimate goal is to help you learn. Building a great relationship with them will lead to a better learning experience.
10. Take time to destress. You might experience a lot, or you might not. Either way, set aside some time to take a walk, take a nap, read a book, whatever works for you.

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