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Top 9 Things Every College Freshman Needs To Know

Because we know you'll listen to a government official.

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1. Attend Class

You may be tempted to take advantage of your newfound freedom that includes professors who don’t take roll, but you’ve got to show up to learn. College is an investment, and to get the biggest bang for your buck, be ready and eager to learn.

3. Student Loans Will Need To Be Repaid

Graduation will come sooner than you think, and before long you’ll be repaying your loans. If you borrowed more than you need, think twice before spending it on that sweet neon light for your dorm room. Read five things to consider when taking out loans.

4. Consider Becoming A Teacher

If you haven’t declared a major yet (or even if you have), consider teaching. Teaching is a profession where vocation and service merge, where you’ll have a chance to transform the lives of children every day. Visit to get started.


5. Make The Most Of Your Free Time

Take advantage of your free time by making a difference on campus or in your community. Seek out opportunities to volunteer. You’ll not only be improving your community, but you’ll learn important skills and build invaluable relationships. Visit to find opportunities near you.

8. Keep An Open Mind And Make New Friends

Your pool of possible friends just got significantly larger. You’re likely to meet people from all walks of life and from countries around the world. Take this opportunity to expand your network of friends and learn about their background, culture and aspirations.

9. Remember That You Are The Next Generation Of Leaders

Find what your passion is and pursue it. Don’t be shy- be bold. We need your courage. We need you to challenge the status quo that allows so much potential to go to waste. And please, never stop listening and learning. It is the only way to stay relevant.