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

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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!

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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.

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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.

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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 No sense in holding onto a book that will be an outdated version in a couple years.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.

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

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