How to make the most of your freshmen year

When I first started my blog the first post i made was on 10 tips to survive your freshmen year and beyond. First years are very critical for University students and even for those at the secondary school level. During your freshmen year, you’re introduced into a new system completely different from what you have at the secondary school level, and most times some students make the mistake of thinking that University life is all about freedom and independence, but just like Aristotle said “an unexamined life is not worth living” and that’s coming from one of the greatest philosophers there is. Don’t get me wrong, you shouldn’t be a mama’s boy, but you shouldn’t get carried away by the freedom and the flexing and partying. Your first year at the university is a period when you lay the foundations of your university life and your career in the long run, meanwhile these few tips could come in handy.

  • Meet as many people as you can From the moment that you arrive, remember that everybody is feeling the same. With so many events to choose from, fresher’s week is the perfect time to have fun and meet as many people as possible. Your hall neighbors – if you are staying in at the hostel, are the first people you will meet so make the effort to introduce yourself, leave your door open so they can stop by for a chat and make sure that you get involved with any group outings
  • Participating in non-academic activities is fun and will boost your employability prospects. During Freshers’ week , you will be introduced to the social side of student life and you will be given the opportunity to take part in a number of non-academic activities. 
  • Social media will keep you up to date. Social media will be the best source to keep up with what’s happening and when. Before you arrive follow your universities’ social media pages to discover the latest news and to share the excitement with others who will be joining you. Moving away is a big step, and the transition could be easier for some than others so once you move out, make sure that you also stay in touch with your family and friends.
  • The course outline isn’t as daunting as it looks. On first impressions, your course outline could appear daunting and you will wonder how you are going to fit it all in. Start by highlighting all of the core text books and readings that you will need in preparation for your lectures and seminars and slowly build this up. There are also cheaper ways to purchase, look for online stores, or to your friends in the years above who no longer require theirs. Book shops are usually closer to you than going outside the school to purchase books from the local market. Your school library will also be home to many online resources and journals to help you stay up to date with your workload.
  • Staying on top of your workload will help your course run more smoothly. With the temptation of a partying lifestyle, it can be easy to lose the momentum and fall behind work load. University will introduce a new style of teaching as there are less contact hours with your lecturers, and more independent learning. Try to start your assignments as soon as they arrive as completing them early will alleviate the pressure of multiple deadlines that arrive at the same time at the end of the semester. You will also have time to visit your lecturers should you misunderstand something earlier on.