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10 Things You Should Know as a Freshman In College (From a Senior)

By: Ava Meurer

1. Sit at the front of the class

I know a lot of people don’t like to do this, but all the classes I’ve sat at the front in are the ones I’ve done the best in. It’s a great way to make sure you’re paying attention, and it helps your professor remember you.

2. Join extracurriculars

A lot of people argue that you shouldn’t join extracurriculars your freshman year of college because you should focus. However, the connections I made freshman year were incredibly important to the rest of my college career. They helped me find friends, internships, jobs, and my way throughout my four years on the 40 Acres.

3. Yes, college is fun, but remember you’re there for your degree

Don’t lose sight of what you’re putting in all the hard work for!

4. Be bold, and put yourself out there

You have nothing to lose! Join the club, answer the question in class, introduce yourself to the person you want to be friends with, the list goes on.

5. Make use of all your resources when it comes to internship and job hunting

UT has so many resources! Make sure you’re staying up to date with emails to get the most out of your internship/job hunting experience.

6. Make time for health and fitness

This is often overlooked in college, but it is so important! Health and fitness will be the difference between getting through college and thriving in it. When  you treat yourself right, you’re able to excel!

7. Make time to rest or your body will choose for you

You have to rest or eventually, your body will shut down and will choose rest for you. It’s not fun getting sick in college, so take care of yourself!

8. Self care isn’t selfish

You can’t pour into others’ cups when you’re pouring from an empty one!

9. Don’t sign up for the 8 a.m.

Just trust me on this one.

10. Know that you’re allowed to ask for help

There’s no perfect approach to doing college right. You’re allowed to ask for help and reach out to others if you’re feeling overwhelmed, anxious, or sad. 


About The Author:

Ava Meurer '24


Entrepreneurial LeadHERship Fall 2023 Student

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