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The ultimate guide to freshman year: first year do’s and don’ts

By Emily SouleSpecial to the Chronicle

Starting college is a huge step in life. Whether you are going to school 1000 miles away or commuting from home, it is something both exhilarating and nerve-racking. Now that a couple months have passed and everyone has settled in to be more at home, it is important to start making the best of your freshman year. Luckily for you, I have compiled the ultimate list of Freshman Do’s and Don’ts!

DO: Have your priorities in order.

It is important to commit to being successful in college. It can be hard to make the transition from the high school workload to the college one and committing yourself to stay on top of things is the first step.

DON’T: Procrastinate.

Even though you may not have a parent breathing down your neck to get all of your work done, don’t forget about that feeling of stress that comes from saving everything for last minute. Keep yourself organized and don’t get distracted by Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest,

DO: Get involved on campus!

Join Greek life! Play a sport! Create your own club! Whatever it is that interests you, find a way to bring that into your college experience. Getting engaged is a great way to make friends and you definitely won’t regret it.

DON’T: Stay in your room all the time.

While the comfort of your dorm room can be nice and relaxing, you shouldn’t spend all of your time in there. It is important to get outside, discover the campus and make new

DO: Go to class.

Don’t expect your college workload to be any less than it was in high school. If you skip classes, you are sure to get behind and feel lost the next time when you attend. In order to be successful and make the grades, remember to do your homework, prepare well for tests and actually GO to class!

DON’T: Be lazy.

Being on your own, as most people at college are, forces you to create your own lifestyle.Try your best to eat healthy and get enough sleep because that is the only way you will be able to keep yourself going and keep from getting sick.

DO: Be open to meeting new people.

College is all about new experiences and people. Get out there! There is never a better time to meet new people than your college years, and freshman year is the start of that experience. It’s important to know that not everyone will like you, but you will find tons of friends if you just give folks a chance.

Hopefully, by now I have inspired you to make the best of your first year at Hofstra University.There are so many opportunities and experiences out there waiting to be discovered by you, so get going!

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