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Our Best Advice for Freshman Year of College

Freshman year is the start of a great new adventure! Head off for your first semester ready with all the advice you could possibly need to get through the year.

You’re a new college freshman starting your first semester soon. Congratulations! This is an important time of change, growth, and amazing opportunities—but it can also be a difficult and overwhelming transition. After all, it’s likely your first time away from home, academics will be harder, and you have to start over with making friends. But don’t let any of this scare you, because we’ve got you covered with all the advice you could possibly need for all these situations! Written by experts, fellow students, and more, the articles and advice below cover everything from starting the semester on a strong note to finding help for specific needs you may have on campus. Do yourself a favor and start your college career armed with knowledge and confidence that you’re going to have an amazing journey ahead of you.

Starting the semester off right

Adjusting to dorm life and roommates

Acing your first college classes

Learning from upperclassmen

Making friends and the most of your time

Finding help for specific needs and circumstances

Find more advice on everything from dealing with roommates and surviving dorm life to making friends and finding fun with the blogs and articles in our Student Life section. 

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