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13 Ways To Totally Not Freak Out About Your First Year At College

Freaking out is not a major. Calm yourself and #TakeCharge of your future with Temple University. Become an Owl today!

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Student loans, footnotes and annotations, dorm life, being away from home, meeting new people... Yes, the combination of these things has the potential to cause a freakout.

So here are some ways to prevent that:

1. Quickly learn your surroundings and class schedule with your phone!

You’re always attached to your phone, so why not use it to remind yourself of where and what classes require your presence?
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You’re always attached to your phone, so why not use it to remind yourself of where and what classes require your presence?

2. Use a voice recorder during lecture!

Zone out during a section of class? Missed a key point? No worries! Barring a professor's policies, you should be able to record the entire lecture and have it available for playback.
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Zone out during a section of class? Missed a key point? No worries! Barring a professor's policies, you should be able to record the entire lecture and have it available for playback.

3. STUDENT. DISCOUNTS.

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Show off your college ID like a boss whenever you save money for being a student.

4. Build in breaks between your classes!

Schedule breaks so you can eat, finish homework, or get some last-minute studying in before an exam. Your future self will thank you.
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Schedule breaks so you can eat, finish homework, or get some last-minute studying in before an exam. Your future self will thank you.

5. Your newly granted independence can lead to good things.

You're FREE! You're FREE at last! With new freedoms come new responsibilities. Your newfound sense of independence can lead to you maturing into a real adult.
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You're FREE! You're FREE at last! With new freedoms come new responsibilities. Your newfound sense of independence can lead to you maturing into a real adult.

6. Be sure to ALWAYS develop your support system.

As you may struggle with the everyday stresses, you may learn to have a greater sense of appreciation for those who have helped you along the way. Loved ones are only a text, call, or webcam session away. You won't feel as homesick.
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As you may struggle with the everyday stresses, you may learn to have a greater sense of appreciation for those who have helped you along the way. Loved ones are only a text, call, or webcam session away. You won't feel as homesick.

7. Laundry hacks will save you from throwing clothes away.

Just squirt the hand sanitizer directly onto the stain. Let sit for 10 minutes and wash out!
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Just squirt the hand sanitizer directly onto the stain. Let sit for 10 minutes and wash out!

8. Let your syllabi plan your semester out.

After syllabus week is complete, compile all due dates into one master calendar. This will let you prioritize what's important from week to week.
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After syllabus week is complete, compile all due dates into one master calendar. This will let you prioritize what's important from week to week.

9. Your professor has office hours. USE THEM!

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Your education isn't limited to the confines of the classroom. You can be proactive with your education and develop a rapport with your professor. You may get to a point where they guide you with their course work, write you a stellar letter of recommendation, or mentor you about future career decisions.

10. Be open to joining school organizations.

Put yourself out there by participating in something you're interested in or identify with. You may meet your new best friend, future job reference, or possible soulmate at a student organization meeting.
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Put yourself out there by participating in something you're interested in or identify with. You may meet your new best friend, future job reference, or possible soulmate at a student organization meeting.

11. Be sure to sell your books at the end of the semester.

It was a good ride: late nights and coffee spills, but it's time to move on. You passed the class. No sense in holding onto a book that will be an outdated version in a couple years. Get some money back by selling your textbooks at the end of the semester.
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It was a good ride: late nights and coffee spills, but it's time to move on. You passed the class. No sense in holding onto a book that will be an outdated version in a couple years. Get some money back by selling your textbooks at the end of the semester.

12. Avoid the freshman 15 by implementing a regular workout schedule.

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You're just not paying for the education — make sure you make full use of all the facilities and amenities offered to you as a student.

13. RELAX!

These are some of the best days of your life. Enjoy the journey and the experience.
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These are some of the best days of your life. Enjoy the journey and the experience.

Owls aren’t prone to freaking out. Start your journey and become #TempleMade.

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