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10 Things Every University Freshman Should Know
Published: Thursday, January 4, 2018 10:09:15 AM

Congratulations you are a freshman!  This is the beginning of a year filled with endless possibilities.  Your freshman year can be full of excitement, fear and uncertainty but with the right tools the whole experience can be rewarding. Here’s some advice that many probably wished they had received in their freshman year.

 1. Trust in the God of heaven and earth and never lose your faith.  This will be difficult, but possible.  Leaving home will open you up to newfound freedom and many temptations, however, keep the faith and don’t lose yourself or your belief in God.

2. Learn from others. Seek advice from sophomores, juniors and seniors who’ve been where you are now. They’ll know a few tricks and tips to make your university experience more meaningful and impactful.

 3. Be careful of the friendships you form. Make friends with people who inspire and motivate you to be your best and who model these things in their own lives.

4. Get the facts about the campus & your courses.  Know all the routes to your classes and even more so ensure you understand your programme of study, processes involved and the duration. Always double check what you hear and see.

5.  Always go to your classes and submit your assignments on time. If you must miss class for whatever reason always find out what was done from at least two of your classmates who were present. This way you’ll have different perspectives and one may have notes the other missed. 

6.  Create a timetable. Do this for all your classes, free time, assignments, projects and their due dates. This will help you to manage your time effectively and complete tasks on time. Free time can also be used to volunteer or to seek a job on campus for meaningful work experience.

 7.  Trust in yourself. Know what you’re about and believe in yourself and your abilities to get the job done. Work smarter, not harder and be consistent. 

8.  Find an equilibrium. Don’t overdo anything, create a balance with school, family, and friends while ensuring you have time for yourself as well.

9.  Be humble and learn as much as you can while you can.

10.  Finally, get involved.  Don’t be limited by your course of study. Get involved in as many extra-curricular activities as possible.  This will help you gain life skills while networking with persons and businesses.

You’ll be a freshman for just one year, so trust the university process and yourself. Appreciate all the lessons you’ll learn along the way and all the people you’ll meet. Get ready, next orientation, you’ll be the one advising the new freshmen. 

Contributing author: Nikesha Hudson-Lowe, Final Year Mass Communications Student

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