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    Aug 14, 2009 6:34 AM GMT
    So i'm about to start my first year of college in about a 2 weeks which i'm super excited/nervous about. I'm seeing this as a new start, a chance to be more outgoing and to be more involved. Was just wondering what were peoples college experiences like. How did your first year go? Was it all worth it? Pretty broad question so just talk about anything really lol
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    Aug 14, 2009 2:29 PM GMT
    You are about to start the most fun (I won't say best, because who knows what awaits you) years of your life! The first year is good, but it will get better as you settle in and make frieds and discover new things. Best of luck, and enjoy both the intellectual and social aspects!
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    Aug 14, 2009 2:32 PM GMT
    Congratulations! Yes, the first year is all about adjustment. Take advantage of everything (but stay focused). Balance academic and friends/new experiences. It's a great time, so enjoy!
  • Timbales

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    Aug 14, 2009 2:32 PM GMT
    My advice - for every credit hour you are taking, schedule an hour to study and do work for that class. Go to the library and get the work done. Stay on top of the work and the classes. It still leaves you plenty of time for fun.
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    Aug 14, 2009 2:37 PM GMT
    My first year of college was amazing. Stayed in the dorms, made lots of amazing friends, partied my ass off, learned a lot, and have memories to last forever.

    My advice is to relax and enjoy the time you can. I know for a lot of people the educational adjustment is really hard, for me it was not. If you find that you are slacking on school work then just be proactive because if you fuck up your first year it's really hard to recover. Make sure you don't say no to new experiences. Hang out with new friends, go new places! I'm sure you will have a great time.
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    Aug 14, 2009 3:41 PM GMT
    Congratulations! You're about to enter one of the best parts of your life! icon_smile.gif

    Enjoy yourself making friends and learning new things. Make sure you balance your social and academic commitments, and I'm sure you'll have a wonderful time! Enjoy!
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    Aug 14, 2009 3:50 PM GMT
    Your perspective on life is about to change icon_biggrin.gif
  • outdoorjunkie

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    Aug 14, 2009 4:13 PM GMT
    Congratulations! College was absolutely worth it. My advice would be to sample as many intellectual disciplines as possible. Take a course in philosophy, journalism, business, language, art, history, and on and on. Don't lock yourself into any one major quickly, because chances are you'll tire of it. Have fun, man!
  • gjoseph

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    Aug 14, 2009 5:17 PM GMT
    Congrats fellow freshman lol!

    I actually had summer term and had a BLAST! College is such an eye-opening, enlightening, experience where you learn A-LOT from academics, social, and just being on your own. I have met so many good people as to where I can maintain lifelong friendships with them. Definitely get involved, and don't stay in the dorm a-lot during the first couple of weeks because you will start to get homesick.

    Good Luck with everything and I hope you have a GREAT fall =)
    Cheers!
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    Aug 14, 2009 6:52 PM GMT
    Yeah,
    I'd increase 1 hour to 3 hours for each credit your taking.
    And expect something weird things to pop up, it'll be fun.
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    Aug 14, 2009 8:08 PM GMT
    Clarkj39 saidMeet as many new people you can...some of my best friends came from our dorm's 'Open Door Night'...if you have something similar, keep your dorm door open and say hi to everyone.

    Also, if you have community showers, rubber flip flops really come in handy.


    true that...meet as many people as you can...and remember some of them are going to stick with you the whole time you're there, and you'll need as many of them as possible.

    open door night was a thing at my school, too...it lead to some creepy encounters and some awesome ones, but even the creepy ones are funny when you look back on them.
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    Aug 15, 2009 2:34 AM GMT
    thanks everybody! now im REALLY excited to start icon_biggrin.gif
  • jgymnast733

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    Aug 15, 2009 2:39 AM GMT
    It was fun meeting everyone, Enjoy yourself..
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    Aug 16, 2009 5:54 AM GMT
    [quote]How did your first year go?[/quote]

    I just happened to finish my first year of college and it went great! I made quite a lot of friends (mostly from class) and had a damn good fun time! I'm not the typical student though, I'm a complete over-achiever and was glad to have a roommate that would carry me out to parties/clubs to relax and get drunk (few times, heh).

    I did 16 credit hours for Fall and 19 for spring... I think the most I liked out of my first year were the clubs that I joined. I found that the honor societies were a bit lacking in organizing meetings.. as opposed to the pre-health clubs that were completely awesome! (i'm pre-med, so this is the crowd of people I was stuck with). Out of my first year, I liked research... research... and research! icon_smile.gif I am still doing research with the post-grad student (in social psychology) that taught my class. I run experiments, play with data, and have some fun. icon_cool.gif

    Just try different things!

    I think it was worth it. I only regret not going out every weekend. I like being busy and tired from the work I did everyday. But I have to say though, join a sport when you go to college. I'm doing rowing this fall and I'm psyched for all the fun I'm in for.
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    Aug 16, 2009 6:31 AM GMT
    If you want to learn, got to a library, if you want to party, go to college. I made that mistake.
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    Aug 17, 2009 6:18 PM GMT
    We never had open dorm door night. But so I could get to know people if I saw that somebody was hanging out in there dorm alone and they left leave the door open which you should do for the first week (Almost every freshmen does) I would invite people to hang out. Its one way to get aquatinted.

    Remember studying is always the first priority if you keep on top of the work as it comes ; you will have more time when your friends want to party and won't have to worry about cramming in after a drunken night or what ever you guys maybe up to.

    Also as a nutrition major I warn you watch what your eating its easy to not cook meals and live out of the 100 calorie packs but take the 15 - 30 min's and make a healthy dinner so you stay healthy and don't gain the freshmen 15.

    Also you guys can do dinner nights. We do that where I'm at now basically each student hosts a dinner party. You get together talk and hang out turns out to be some of the most memorable nights in your education.

    Last note working out in the AM helps increase over all balance to your day to day events. Try to run a few laps around the campus before class that is also a cool way to meet more people who are goal oriented. Meeting workout buddies helps keep you focused and it will help them get motivated as well.

    Hit me up if you need any other ideas!

    The Best ,
    Lex
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    Aug 17, 2009 6:39 PM GMT
    Just remember why you are going to college and paying tens of thousands of dollars for.... icon_eek.gif
  • HotCoach

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    Aug 18, 2009 10:49 PM GMT
    Check out my forum question on why college education has become "vocationally" oriented rather than making students well rounded individuals and intelligent citizens.
  • CuriousJockAZ

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    Aug 18, 2009 11:02 PM GMT
    My college years at Arizona State University were some of the most memorable and exciting years of my life. So much of what you learn in college is not necessarily in the classroom. Just enjoy your experience, study, and take classes in something that truly interests you. You will have memories from your college years and, hopefully, friends that will last you a lifetime.
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    Aug 21, 2009 3:22 AM GMT
    College is overrated, especially that "wonderful, thrilling, amazing" first year. icon_rolleyes.gif

    Just don't have high expectations.
  • ASUbusy

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    Aug 21, 2009 3:26 AM GMT
    im graduating from ASU (arizona state) this december--my first year was INSANE i had so much fun and really took time to find myself... I wish i would have pulled better grades whilst doing it though! You live you learn! have a blast!
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    Aug 21, 2009 4:26 AM GMT
    Eh...I've been going to college off and on since 2003, and now it isn't so much fun as the equivalent to a monkey I have to get off my back. I'm ready for it to be over. I wish I could say I've enjoyed my experiences, but I can't with a straight face.
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    Aug 21, 2009 4:33 AM GMT

    It was great. I truly miss those days. I was a nerd at age 17 when I entered college.......the Land of the Nerds. It was kick ass!!! Woo Hoo!!!
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    Aug 21, 2009 4:35 AM GMT
    Sooooo, I just graduated school and I would have to say, get yourself involved in stuff you are interested in as soon as possible, don't wait for stuff to fall in your lap. Be proactive in getting yourself in as many clubs as you can and figure out which ones you like the most, then you'll meet a lot of people you can make connections with. I didn't join the GLBTQ club until my senior year, I felt that I'd be super judged or something, and I wasnt out at the time so ya, didn't go to that club at all, but I did join crew (most colleges let you walk on the team and some offer NCAA student athlete benefits like early registration for classes which is KEY!)

    I also joined up with the pep band, campus EMS service, and stuck with all these clubs until I graduated. A lot of my good friends I met through these clubs so do that, also if you join a sports team you will have an instant in to upper classmen and parties, which is also awesome. Hope you have a great year