Classes are in full swing and it’s time to give you all a 411 on what really goes down at college. This isn’t a huge list of all the crazy (and regrettable) stuff—for that, look here—but these few tips can help make your college experience everything it should be and more!
1. You can fight the freshman 15
We’re all a little afraid to keep a scale in our dorm rooms, but it’s totally possible stay fit this year… for free! Take a gym class (extra credits!), join an intramural sports team, or break it down on the dance floor at all of the campus events. And if that doesn’t work out, a little spandex can be very forgiving.
2. Miss class and you’ll miss out
Exams are notorious for including details from lecture that you won’t know if you’re not in class—so attend and be attentive, even if it means indulging in something sweet to survive a grueling two-hour lecture. Make study buddies from the get-go and borrow their notes if you absolutely must skip class, but don’t make it a habit or your grade will rest in their hands.
3. Homework Help Exists
OMG. You just can’t figure out the solution to this problem set for the life of you! You have 1500 words due and you don’t even know where to start! Stop panicking. Your professors and TAs have this incredible thing called “Office Hours” where you can get one-on-one help because not turning in anything isn’t an option here. And they don’t accept those forged letters from mom and dad like your pushover 10th grade English teacher did.
I’ll be rolling out some more of these tips soon. People say these are “the best years of your life,” so let’s live ‘em up!