We recently asked the BuzzFeed community to share some of the things they wish they knew when they were freshmen in college. Here are their best tips for upcoming students:
1. It's ok if you don't make tons of friends right away.
2. But don't sleep on the events and activities that first week.
3. Find ways to get involved on campus year-round.
4. And definitely talk to people in your classes.
5. Set some rules with your roommate(s) right off the bat.
6. Take your finances seriously.
7. Take advantage of the free stuff.
8. Make an effort to get to know your professors — it can only help you.
9. Sit in the front row.
"If you struggle with paying attention/distraction, aren't a great note taker, or daydream a lot, trying sitting in the first few rows of your classes. You're a lot less likely to do those things if you're close to the board and the professor than if you're in the back with your friends."
10. Take a variety of classes, even if you already know exactly what you want to do.
11. Go to class.
"Just go to class. Hung over, still drunk, high, half naked. Just get there. You'll absorb something or at the very least learn about extra credit opportunities or get the attendance points. Seriously. Just go to class."
12. Get good grades in those easy electives.
13. Let loose and have fun. (You know, if you want to.)
14. But never feel like you have to party to enjoy college.
15. Don't sink your energy into toxic people.
16. Your mental health matters. Your school will have resources, and they can be pretty helpful.
17. Be kind to yourself and to other people.
18. Know that you might not finish in four years, and that's fine.
19. And remember that change is OK and is often a good thing.
Note: Submissions have been edited for length and/or clarity.