Freshman year, it’s really common to not know what to expect. Being in a new environment can be daunting, and it’s easy to take advice from other people. Here are a few things that people may tell you that aren’t necessarily true.

1. You’ll definitely become best friends with all the people on your floor.

Some people do click well with the people on their dorm floor, but don’t worry if you don’t. There’s plenty of other places to meet your group of people while on campus who share your interests.

2. You can skip classes, no big deal.

Its easy to blow off a two hour lecture when you know that there are Power Point slides posted online. However, many times the professor will test you on material that was said during lecture, even if it wasn’t stated explicitely on the slides. Plus, it’s a lot easier to learn when someone is teaching you rather than trying to figure it out on your own. So regardless of what people say, if you skip class, your grades will suffer.

3. Don’t worry too much about your grades.

Although other freshman may tell you this, most upperclassmen will give you the opposite advice. They know that one of the hardest things to deal with is applying to graduate school or medical school with a GPA that suffered freshman year. Do your present and future self a favor: get good grades from the beginning.

4. You have to stick to your major.

Many colleges emphasize that it is very difficult for students to change their major once they’re accepted to the university. However, many times this isn’t true. Why spend money on studying something you’re not passionate about? You’ll save yourself a lot of frustration by pursuing what you want to do, rather than pushing yourself through a major you hate.

5. GE Classes are a breeze.

Don’t slack off on your GE classes. Although you may think that they’re easy, many times they are the classes that will sink your GPA. Be prepared and spend enough time studying for them!

6. Having free access to the gym makes staying active easy!

The Freshman 15 is a real thing! You no longer have a required gym class everyday and you’re in charge of your own health. If you don’t like the gym, find alternatives to stay active whether it be taking a class, joining an active club, or simply taking the stairs instead of the elevator.

7. Pulling all-nighters is normal.

It may seem like everyone is getting through finals week on zero sleep and 100% caffeine, however, more often than not, this actually causes your grades to plummet. Plan ahead with your studying and avoid all-nighters as much as possible.

8. Everyone parties.

It’s 2 A.M.  in the dorms and you wake up to loud voices outside your door yelling about how lit a party is. Even though party culture is definitely a part of college campuses, not everyone is doing it, so don’t feel pressure to go out if its not something you like doing. Instead, find people you connect with outside of the party scene.

9. You’ll stay in contact with your friends back home.

On graduation day you may have promised your friends that nothing would ever separate all of you. However, going off to college leads everyone to live very different lives. Growing apart isn’t necessarily a bad thing though! Use the opportunity to grow and meet new people!



Megan Melnyk

3rd year Microbiology major at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. When I'm not writing or studying you can find me running the beautiful trails of San Luis Obispo with my wonderful teammates.

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