5 Ways to Survive Your Freshman Year of College

By Scott C. Silverman, Special to StudentAdvisor.com

You’ve made it! You’re in college. You’re just beginning the best adventure of your life, where amazing opportunities await you around every corner.

5 Ways to Survive Your Freshman Year of CollegeIf your college experience turns out to be anything like mine, and I hope it does, then you are about to make some of the best friends you’ll keep for the rest of your life, and have awesome, unique and interesting adventures that you’ll tell to friends and family for years and years to come.

Here are 5 Ways to survive your freshman year of college and make the most of your experience:

1. JOIN a student organization or two right away and become actively involved in them. You may even want a leadership role in one of those organizations (or another one) one day. Your social network can expand in person…and then you can Facebook each other.

2. ATTEND campus events whenever you can. Once you find out about events, put them into your calendar…ask your RAs, classmates and friends what events they’re going to, and tell them about events you plan to attend. Go with friends to ensure that you go and of course you will make new friends there.

3. EVENTS. There are many different types of events: sporting, concerts, comedy shows, movie nights, battle of the bands, festivals, etc. You may even find a crafts fair the week before Mother’s Day if you’re lucky and forgot to go shopping.

4. GET TO KNOW faculty and Teaching Assistants. Go to office hours…often times the professor or TA will only have two students visit during office hours all semester. If you go and ask for help, you’re more likely to get it, and you can develop a lasting mentorship that will lead to letters of recommendation, job opportunities, or participation in cool research.

5. STAFF. Similarly, university staff members are really important to your experience and your success during and after college. There are staff on campus whose job is to help you develop into responsible members of the community in fun and innovative ways…there are leadership programs, diversity workshops, time and money management workshops and almost anything else you could think of, including wellness (physically, mentally, emotionally, etc.). These staff members exist to provide you with the skills and resources necessary to help you succeed. Your job is to take advantage of them (and we write pretty good letters of recommendation too!)

What are some tips you have for college freshmen? Comment & share below!

Read more about how to survive your freshmen year of college in StudentAdvisor’s Ultimate College Living Guide.


Scott C. Silverman is a graduate from University of California – Riverside and the best-selling author of “How to Survive Your Freshman Year”.

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