What I Wish I'd Known: Video advice for freshmen from graduating seniors

College Freshman Advice

By Irene Starygina
05/05/2015
Share

What if you could turn back time and relive your college years knowing what each day would bring? Sure, taking a peek at next week’s biology final might do wonders for your GPA, but what’s the college experience without trial and error and some embarassing moments? When it comes to choosing classes, dealing with roommates and avoiding post-hookup drama, our graduating seniors are seasoned pros. Following is their best advice on how to make the transition from your parents’ house to your first weeks on campus a little smoother.

Have a high school boyfriend? Don’t bring the long-distance relationship to Bowdoin College (or any college for that matter), by Abbie Mitchell:

More advice from Bowdoin seniors. 

Contrary to what your mom says, you can put whites and colors into the laundry at the same time and wash on cold! By Megan Gill from UNC Chapel Hill:

" + __flash__argumentsToXML(arguments,0) + "")); }" changelabel="function () { return eval(instance.CallFunction("" + __flash__argumentsToXML(arguments,0) + "")); }" settooltip="function () { return eval(instance.CallFunction("" + __flash__argumentsToXML(arguments,0) + "")); }" addtolayout="function () { return eval(instance.CallFunction("" + __flash__argumentsToXML(arguments,0) + "")); }" excludefromlayout="function () { return eval(instance.CallFunction("" + __flash__argumentsToXML(arguments,0) + "")); }" setfontsize="function () { return eval(instance.CallFunction("" + __flash__argumentsToXML(arguments,0) + "")); }" setfont="function () { return eval(instance.CallFunction("" + __flash__argumentsToXML(arguments,0) + "")); }" setfifthcolor="function () { return eval(instance.CallFunction("" + __flash__argumentsToXML(arguments,0) + "")); }" setfourthcolor="function () { return eval(instance.CallFunction("" + __flash__argumentsToXML(arguments,0) + "")); }" settertiarycolor="function () { return eval(instance.CallFunction("" + __flash__argumentsToXML(arguments,0) + "")); }" setsecondarycolor="function () { return eval(instance.CallFunction("" + __flash__argumentsToXML(arguments,0) + "")); }" setprimarycolor="function () { return eval(instance.CallFunction("" + __flash__argumentsToXML(arguments,0) + "")); }" settheme="function () { return eval(instance.CallFunction("" + __flash__argumentsToXML(arguments,0) + "")); }" setskin="function () { return eval(instance.CallFunction("" + __flash__argumentsToXML(arguments,0) + "")); }" changethumbnail="function () { return eval(instance.CallFunction("" + __flash__argumentsToXML(arguments,0) + "")); }" getplayheadtime="function () { return eval(instance.CallFunction("" + __flash__argumentsToXML(arguments,0) + "")); }" getmediaseektime="function () { return eval(instance.CallFunction("" + __flash__argumentsToXML(arguments,0) + "")); }" playmedia="function () { return eval(instance.CallFunction("" + __flash__argumentsToXML(arguments,0) + "")); }" seekmedia="function () { return eval(instance.CallFunction("" + __flash__argumentsToXML(arguments,0) + "")); }" stopmedia="function () { return eval(instance.CallFunction("" + __flash__argumentsToXML(arguments,0) + "")); }" pausemedia="function () { return eval(instance.CallFunction("" + __flash__argumentsToXML(arguments,0) + "")); }" insertentry="function () { return eval(instance.CallFunction("" + __flash__argumentsToXML(arguments,0) + "")); }" insertmedia="function () { return eval(instance.CallFunction("" + __flash__argumentsToXML(arguments,0) + "")); }" dispatchkdpevent="function () { return eval(instance.CallFunction("" + __flash__argumentsToXML(arguments,0) + "")); }" evaluate="function () { return eval(instance.CallFunction("" + __flash__argumentsToXML(arguments,0) + "")); }" removejslistener="function () { return eval(instance.CallFunction("" + __flash__argumentsToXML(arguments,0) + "")); }" addjslistener="function () { return eval(instance.CallFunction("" + __flash__argumentsToXML(arguments,0) + "")); }" updategeneralfeature="function () { return eval(instance.CallFunction("" + __flash__argumentsToXML(arguments,0) + "")); }" allowscriptaccess="always" allownetworking="all" allowfullscreen="true" name="kaltura_player_1274803664" data="http://akmi.kaltura.com/index.php/kwidget/wid/0_2ed09mlm/uiconf_id/1000993" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" id="kaltura_player_1274803664">

Bonus: Megan's post-graduation plans...grad school or career fairs? 

Sleeping through your first ever college class, falling off a treadmill, and getting puked on at Colgate University, by Catherine Archer:

 

More Videos: What to try and what to avoid freshman year

Don't just rely on the help of your academic advisor: Do your own research on required classes as well. Also, don’t wear skirts on a windy campus! By Karen Nickerson from University of Illinois Springfield.

Get free food at student club meetings: On a tight budget at the University of Notre Dame? Go to lots of club meetings for free food! And party across campus to “avoid awkwardness in the dining hall the next morning,” by Amanda Schreiber.

Study abroad: Definitely something that every college student should do. There is tons of funding available for students who want to spend a semester overseas. Plus, a weird story about getting locked in your dorm room the first day of class at Franklin and Marshall College, by Min Zhao.

Even if you go to a sunny California school, STUDY ABROAD! Also, take an art class, by Janet Alexander from Pitzer College.

Can AP classes get you in trouble? Make sure you talk to your advisor about placement after taking AP classes in high school. Sometimes you’re better off taking easier classes freshman year at Ohio State University, by Zack Meisel.

Don’t just chase that paper: “Study what you’re passionate about; success and fame will come afterwards,” by Alex Rossin from SUNY Purchase.

Limit extracurricular activities your first semester: A computer science major and transfer student at the University of Miami advises freshmen not to get too wrapped up in extracurricular activities freshman year. “Don’t overextend yourself because you’ll have less time for friends,” by Matt Eisenberg.

Discussion

s