Hey Freshmen,

It’s your first year of college! Your excited and you can’t hardly wait to make new friendships and possibly find a significant other… but slow down. Take time to learn a thing or two from someone whose been there and knows what its like.

Almost 4 years ago, I was where you are right now. Getting ready to make the decisions you will soon face. Looking back, there were tons of things I wish I would have known or done differently.

Photo Credit: Madison Gifford

There are three main areas of your college life that you need to focus on: academics, spiritual, and social. 

Here are some tips from myself and some of my peers pertaining to these areas…


  1. Don’t overwhelm yourself with too many classes that you don’t have time for a social life. A lot of freshman make this mistake by taking a lot of classes or enrolling in very difficult courses.
  2. “Find a professor to mentor you, who will give you advice and encouragement on how to succeed in the future.” Tip from Amanda Furmage.
  3. “Don’t be afraid to schedule an appointment with your professor if you don’t understand something.” Tip from Laurita Carranza.


  1. Discuss your schedule with your roommate. Make sure you know the times you will have the room to yourself so you can use that opportunity to pray and spend one-on-one time with God.
  2. “Get plugged into a church off campus.” Tip from Rachel LaFlam.
  3. “Find a church that you can get involved in. Explore the options, but don’t go more than 6 months without finding a church that you want to continuously be involved in.” Tip from MikelleLiette.


  1. Get plugged into clubs on campus and try to attend as many events as possible. It will help you feel a part of the community and provide opportunities for you to make new friendships.
  2. “Try sitting at a table in Tuscana with people you do not know and get to know them over breakfast, lunch, or dinner.” Tip from Nick Tedeschi.
  3. “Don’t limit yourself to only one group of friends. Make connections with everyone.” Tip from Johny Fernandez.
Last and final tip:  pursue joy and happiness. Don’t let anyone or any circumstance steal it from you. You will have great times during your college years but you will also face some of your greatest trials as well. When the storms come never let them keep you from smiling.
Remember you are unique and beautiful. You have a purpose beyond your hearts wildest dreams…
Don’t let anyone tell you differently.
-Sarah Rose

Photo Caption: Yessy Horst


2 responses »

  1. I loved your post, especially the quote that you included at the end! I definitely think that it is a great idea to discuss your schedule with your roommate so that you know when you will have the opportunity to have some quiet time, and a chance to spend time with God. It is definitely important to get plugged in too! It will change your entire college experience!

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