The thing with entering college for the first time is that it can be an intimidating experience for most former high school seniors. After all, everyone has this desire to make a great first impression once they enter the world of collegiate life. While making new friends and doing well in classes are achievable goals for any incoming college freshman, here are some key aspects they should also note in order to avoid being a stereotypical college newbie.
Skip the lanyards
Nothing screams “freshman” in college than wearing your student ID attached to a lanyard hanging around your neck. It’s okay to be proud of your new status as a college student, but another to publicly flaunt your information that others might use against you. Ditch the lanyard and keep your ID safe in your wallet, purse, or backpack and only present it to others when absolutely necessary.
Get a wardrobe makeover
Now that you’re a college freshman, you should show some school pride by wearing garments emblazoned with your college name, emblem, or motto. Head over to the campus store and grab shirts, hoodies, sweatpants, and accessories to upgrade your collegiate wardrobe. But a word of caution: use these items sparingly as only the most clichéd freshmen wear clothes with the school logo on an everyday basis.
Be smart with your navigation
In order to avoid getting lost on the first day of class, it’s a good idea to visit the main building to scope out the area after you’ve settled in your dorm room or off-campus apartment. This will allow you to be more familiar with the place and gauge how much time you need to get from your dorm to the college and from one classroom to the other. It saves you time, and the embarrassing hassle of looking lost.
Remain modest and classy
When making friends in class or at after-school parties, it is important that you never talk about yourself too much. People might get the wrong impression if you constantly brag about your high GPA or how popular you were back in high school. College is a fresh start for most students, so do keep in mind that it’s not all about you, but it should also be a chance for you to get to know other people.