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5 Common Misconceptions for College Freshmen

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Oh college… Studying all night, being in class all day, working when you are not studying, and partying. Sound about right? Well, to the new college student, this may seem like the life they have just enrolled themselves in. However, there are a few misconceptions that college freshman usually believe when entering college:

1) Partying All Night, Every Night.

Yes, part of this is true. There will be people who party a lot. However, these parties are busted 99% of the time. This is a situation where you always want to keep caution.

2) Everybody Does It.

This could not be any more false. Other students will try to convince you that you should do things with them, but if this is something that you are set against doing, stand by your morals. People will respect you more for standing for what you believe in. And trust me, there are a lot of people who do not follow the crowd.

3) Classes Will Be REALLY Hard.

High school teachers like to scare you when they say, “if you think this is hard, wait until you get to college.” Well, they aren’t completely wrong – classes will be harder, but if you actually make an effort and enjoy the class then you will do well.

4) Meeting People Will Be Hard.

If you are going to a school far away from home where you do not know anyone, it can be intimidating to meet new people. However, this is your chance to bust out of your shell! So just get out there, and talk to people!

5) The Professor Will Always Guide You

Most college classes occur in large lecture halls, leaving little time for professors to know all of their students. Professors are also busy and may not always be around outside of class, and they definitely will not spend as much one-on-one time with you like teachers in high school have. Don’t expect them to hold your hand for you to excel or if you miss a class!

You will surely find your own misconceptions when you get to college, but these are a few that you can get past right away! Good luck with school this year and remember to make your own idea of what college life is all about.

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Advice to My Freshman-Self

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This is Part 3 in a series of letters from college students to their freshman alter egos. (Here’s Part 2 on how to think epic as a freshman) Knowing what you know now, what advice would you give your younger self about your college years?

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Dear Freshman-Self,

You’re now out of high school, and it’s finally time to start college. You are packing up your stuff, moving out of state and preparing to go to college. What an amazing opportunity! You will meet new faces who will know nothing about you and nothing about who you have been. Do not be afraid to jump in head first and make new friends!

As far as classes go, your Spanish class will be A LOT easier than you expect. You will actually understand math for once, and you should really try to pay more attention in that earth science class. Also, PLEASE try to take it easy on yourself. College is a whole new ball game. You may have been able to pull off doing it all in high school, but do not stretch yourself too thin. It may seem like a great idea, but when you start to realize how much time school, work, and keeping up with a social life actually takes up, you may be shocked at the task you signed yourself up for. It all seems like a good idea in the beginning, but remember to make limits!

Believe it or not, you will meet some of the best friends you have ever had during your college years. It may seem hard to focus on school when you have these new and exciting friends, but it is possible to make time for both. Get yourself that planner that has been on your shopping list for the last few weeks and schedule time for you and for them. After you are late to a few shifts at work and have mini heart attacks over forgotten due dates, you will regret not buying that planner sooner

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School will be great, but be prepared for some problems to come your way during your years. Choose your battles wisely and know that not every problem that comes up is earth shattering. You are much stronger than anything that a teacher, friend, or guy can throw at you.


Your Future-Self,


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What Would You Tell Your Freshman Self? Think EPIC.

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This is Part 2 in a series of letters from college graduates to their freshman alter egos. (Here’s Part 1 on freshman advice.) Knowing what you know now, what advice would you give your younger self about your college years?

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By guest blogger, Keith Kaplan: ALBION COLLEGE: Brains (double-major honors student, Mortar Board, College Fellow) and brawn (swim team captain and an avid outdoorsman who most days can be seen paddling on the river that runs through his campus). Co-founder of the eponymous DK Cookies (on Facebook!).

If you ask many older folks about college, they’ll most likely say they miss college or something involving how great their college experience was.

They’re definitely right. Being a current college student and from my experiences, your college experience should be EPIC.

To make your journey an epic experience, I put together a list of the top tips to have a stellar experience these next few years of your life – I would’ve wanted to know these going into my college experience.

Don’t be a cement head. While in school, you’ll experience situations you probably haven’t experienced before. Whether it’s new activities or learning new skills, always have a positive mentality and a drive to achieve. Be sure to ditch the “I am not good at this, so I won’t try” cement head attitude – you’ll only be limiting yourself.

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Don’t be afraid. I know from personal experience, I’d be afraid to try something new by myself, whether it was attending a club meeting or joining an intramural sport. Don’t be afraid. The only person that can limit yourself is you.

Have fun, but be responsible. In college there will be parties, there will be drinking, and there may be some risky behavior. I say feel free to partake in these social experiences, but be responsible. This might take a few times to adjust to, but you will learn soon enough how to balance a social life and your studies.
Be yourself.
 Typically, there are a bunch of activities to do on or around campus. If you have to change yourself for something or someone, don’t do it. There will always be a group of people, an activity, or a hobby that’ll fit your interest.Take advantage of your college network. This includes other students on campus as well as your professors and administrators. Ask upperclassmen about professors and classes to take and not to take. Also, use your college campus as a microcosm to try out new ideas, whether it’s a business or starting a new club or sport.Meet your professors. Office hours are great for connecting with your professors. Students might think of office hours as a weakness because they see it as not performing well and needing extra help – FALSE. Connecting with your professors could lead to possible job and internship opportunities, and research positions.College is about learning, discovering yourself, your interests, and your passions. I say if you don’t put yourself into uncomfortable or challenging situations, you are doing college wrong. One more thing, please try something new because you may never know what you’ll discover about yourself.


Professional college student (for now),
Keith Kaplan


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How to Avoid the Freshman 15 (And More!)

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Set a goal, challenge yourself, and stay motivated.

by Guest Blogger Kelsey Bradshaw

When I started college last year, I was beyond certain that the dreaded “Freshman Fifteen” I’d heard so much about was a myth. “That won’t happen to me,” I reasoned. “I’ve always been skinny.”

Fast forward to the next month. After several weeks of all-you-can-eat dorm food, making poor life choices with my liver every weekend, and definitely not running every day like I did in high school, my jeans had definitely gotten considerably tighter. Occasionally I’d hop on the treadmill, but the weather was getting colder and staying in bed watching The Office always looked more attractive. Besides, weren’t sweatpants invented for Pumpkin Spice Latte-fueled waistline expansion?

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Once I started wearing sweatpants more often than jeans to class, though, my inner fashionista was horrified. It was time to make all of my jeans fit comfortably again.

The first thing I did was see if there was any possible way I could get in shape while avoiding the gym. There’s only so many times you can do the treadmill-abs-dumbells routine. So my friend and I signed up for the most tortuous thing we could think of: cycling class. Now, getting into shape was turning into a challenge, and if it’s one thing I love, it’s a goal that takes some work to complete.

And some work it did take. I made a new running playlist, I bought a new running jacket so I could run without my limbs freezing off, and I even made my friends go to the gym with me so I’d have company. I stopped thinking about working out as something I had to do, but rather something that was rewarding and – dare I say it? – fun.

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Once I had gotten back into shape, I started going with my sister to this gym she was absolutely crazy about. This new phenomenon, Crossfit, uses intense bursts of cardio and strength training to create workouts filled with pushups, rope climbs, box jumps and pullups that last about an hour and will make you sore for the next two weeks. Needless to say, I was hooked.

Finally, I tweaked my diet. I cut back on all of my wintery comfort foods and starting choosing healthy snacks like fruit and granola instead of cupcakes. It was a rough switch, but not only did I look better, I felt better, and that’s what truly matters.

The one thing that kept me going through all of this was the fact that I set a goal to get in shape, and finally feeling healthy again made all of the rainy runs and sweaty cycling classes worth it. Not to mention the satisfaction of fitting into all of my favorite jeans again…and then a new pair as a reward!

So there you have it: my wintery saga of how I managed to stay in shape despite Pumpkin Spice Lattes, eggnog concoctions, and frostbitten Oregon weather. You can do it too! Tell us: how do you stay in shape as the months grow colder?

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The Top 5 Things Every College Freshman Should Know

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Like, don’t take “no” for an answer, don’t change yourself just to fit in, and – oh, yeah – call your parents.

by Guest Blogger Serena Piper / check out her last post on the coolest backpacks ever

We all know the traditional advice often doled out to those who are college-bound: take a tour of campus before school starts so you know where your classes will be; allow plenty of studying time so you aren’t pulling all-nighters before a big deadline; join a club or two; make new friends – the list goes on.

But when it comes to my own experience, this list leaves something to be desired. Here are the top five things I wish someone had told me before I started my freshman year.

1. Start off slowly. Some students think they absolutely have to start out their first year taking 16 credits or they’ll fall behind and not graduate on time. This is a myth. It’s perfectly okay to take fewer credits your first term. It gives you time to adjust to your new routine, get a feel for how things are done at the college level, and make some new friends. I suggest taking at least two classes just so you can see how you’ll manage your time, especially if you know you’ll have a part-time job or other commitments during the school year. But definitely don’t overwhelm yourself your first term.

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2. Don’t take no for an answer. For example, if you don’t get into a class you want right away, talk to the professor, get on the waitlist, and find out when it will be offered again. Just because a class is full when you go to register for it doesn’t mean that’s the final word. Show that you’re interested because the more effort you put in, the more you’ll get back.

3. Rent your textbooks instead of buying them. Students generally buy their textbooks from the campus bookstore, but it’s often easier and definitely cheaper to rent your books (hello, BookRenter!). Paying big bucks for a book that I couldn’t sell back at the end of the term? Been there, done that, too many times – and I have a pile of textbooks I’ll never need again to show for it.

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4. When it’s party time, keep your head on straight (and don’t let a future employer catch you out on Facebook). It may be a stereotype, but students like to party, and there can be a lot of pressure to drink in college. If you know drinking’s not for you, don’t waste your time trying to change yourself so that you fit in. There are plenty of other things to do on the weekends, like playing ultimate frisbee in the dark, taking a day trip to a nearby city, or doing an art project with your roommates. If you do like to drink when you go out, be safe. For example, many colleges offer a late-night campus shuttle service so that no one has to drive home drunk. Whether you drink when you go out or not, though, keep your head on straight. You don’t want a potential employer or grad school admissions officer to stumble on any crazy Facebook photos three or four years from now.

5. Call your parents. Yes, even if you aren’t homesick. Parents can give you a different perspective on things and remind you of where your focus should be. They know you in a way that no one else ever will, and when you’re away at school, this can be very comforting. Not only did I call my mom when I was homesick, but I also called her when I was feeling ill and needed some OJ, or when I wanted to know how long I should broil the acorn squash I was fixing for dinner. Just don’t let all their advice get to you. There are still times when I feel like I have to do what my mom or dad suggests, but later, when I do things my way, everything turns out just fine.

It’s normal to feel a little anxious about starting college. Take things one day at a time and give yourself time to adjust. Besides, whatever you don’t figure out beforehand, you’ll learn on your own, and someday it will make for a great story!

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