As we all grow throughout college, one thing we notice is that the people most excited to be at school are freshmen. Remember how we were all once bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, too? We were ready with our lanyards and overpriced textbooks to take on anything our new home had to offer. Yet suddenly, returning to school can start to feel like a chore we aren’t ready to take on. To make going back to school a little easier, we should start embracing that happy freshman we all once were.
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1—Every person you meet is an opportunity to make a friend
It’s easy after year one to stick to your clique because that’s what’s comfortable—but one reason freshmen are so fun is because they will talk to anyone. Just because you have an awesome group of friends doesn’t mean you should just stop interacting with all the people around you. There is a story in everyone you come across, so make sure you give a chance to them all.
So, this is hands down the easiest way to spot a freshman within the first few weeks of school. “What’s that? When are the club meetings?” However, their inquisitive nature is what usually winds them up exactly where they want to be. If you want to know when a new club has its meetings, ask! Explore your home—on and off campus. This one can be sticky, because everyone’s campuses and surrounding towns are different. Nevertheless, taking the time to know your surroundings can make for an overall better experience. Exploring makes for great adventures with friends and you never know what hidden gems you may find.
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3—Don’t get stuck in a rut
Routines can be the downfall for some people because they never get to interact with anything new. There are hundreds of clubs and organizations on your campus and furthermore in your community. Be sure every year to try to find something new to do because through trial and error is the only way you’ll find what’s best for you. I can’t tell you how many clubs I signed up for and never returned to as a freshman, but some of them stuck with me and have been a crucial part of my college experience.
4—Remember you’re here for a good time, not a long time
Freshmen know this is the golden rule of college. Four years may sound like it’s a long time, but it always flies by. One day you can’t find your classes, and the next you’re walking across the stage to get your diploma. College is the time to learn about yourself and find your true passions—so don’t forget to nurture your friendships and create memories with the people there. You won’t ever regret anything that makes you happy.
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Getting out of freshman year alive is a proud moment, but keeping some of those innocent qualities in us can actually help make our college experience better every year.
How will you embrace your inner freshman? Let me know in the comments below!