The hardest thing about freshman year is balancing your new-found freedom and all the cool extracurricular activities available in the city with demanding course work. Foundation year at Parsons is notoriously hard, but its completely doable, and you can keep your social life, if you learn to be reasonable. I find if I keep on top of my homework during the week I can go out Friday and Saturday night, and enjoy my Sundays, and still have time left over to get some work done. Its all a matter of getting adjusted to your new schedule (which for most kids is very different from high school). I don't think I have significantly more work, but then again I went to a pretty demanding high school. However, I definitely did struggle the first month or two before I figured out the best way to get everything accomplished on time.
The hardest thing about freshman year is getting adjusted to the kind of work you're doing in school. If you are serious and passionate about your studies theres a lot more to do outside of class. College coursework is very different from high school, whereas what you study in class ultimately becomes your interest and research out of class. So getting used to the constant seeking of new information and knowledge to guide your studies, is something that doesn't settle in immediately.
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