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College can be scary but it doesn’t have to be! There’s a lot of ways to make college easier, more fun, and less terrifying. This article is your first step to figure out ways to make the challenges less challenging. Here are 11 Tips to Survive Freshman Year at the University of Kentucky.

1. Find the libraries!

UK’s campus has over 8 libraries! It’s essential to find those great study spaces that really fit your needs. Explore which libraries work the best for you and where they’re located. Each is a little different and unique. Know which ones are less crowded so you can beat the library crowds during midterms and finals-you’ll be happy you did!

2. Stay close with your roommate

You don’t have to be best friends with your roommate-but getting along with them and forming a decent relationship can go a long way. You want your dorm to be a fun comfortable place to be, don’t let a bad relationship with your roomie ruin that! Plus-there’s so many perks of being friends with the people you live with.

3. Don’t pull an all-nighter

Everyone talks about the importance of time management in college. But the most important advice to hear about it is that staying up all night to study will be worse than going to bed without finishing studying. Even if you know all of the material-you won’t be able to apply it after staying up all night. Just go to sleep!

4. Make yourself uncomfortable

Don’t like eating alone? Go to the dining court by yourself. Don’t like loud events? Go to a football game. Don’t like history? Take a history class. Do liberals make you uncomfortable? Go to a feminist alliance club meeting. College is full of opportunities that allow you to be vulnerable and successful. Make yourself more comfortable by trying things that make you uncomfortable. You don’t have to like new things, but you should try them.

5. Be your own best friend

No matter what anyone has told you, being selfish is important! You can’t rely on other people to make you feel good and important, sometimes you have to be your own friend. You will be spending more time alone in college than ever before, so learn to be your own best friend and love yourself! Friends that don’t make your life easier don’t need to be in it.

6. Join a (fun) club

Everyone tells you to “get involved” your first semester. But more importantly, find something you love to do on campus! Sure there’s student government and leadership clubs- but there’s also workout groups, movie watching clubs, and gardening club! Go out and find a group that does what you love.

7. Check your emails everyday

If you don’t do this, you’ll miss the announcement about that 8 a.m class being cancelled, that scholarship deadline, or the sign up deadline for the basketball ticket lottery (don’t let this happen to you)! Everything and anything will be sent to your student email. Make it a priority and a habit to check it every day, multiple times a day.

8. Check the weather

Forgetting your umbrella is like the walk of shame. Don’t let it happen to you. If there’s even the slightest chance of rain that day- chances are it’s going to rain when you’re walking to class. Just bring your umbrella!

9. Know your resources

“I failed that class because that professor was so horrible” should never be an excuse you make for doing poorly in a class. UK’s campus has so many resources to help you out. The study, the learning centers, writing centers, volunteer and paid tutors, office hours, the hub, and so many more. If you don’t take advantage of these resources-don’t make excuses about your bad grades.

10. You will get a parking ticket

If you park illegally-you’re going to get a ticket. Don’t think for a second that you won’t. If you don’t park illegally-you’ll probably still get a ticket somehow. Welcome to UK.

11. Learn the bus system

Foolproof way to not get a parking ticket-don’t drive your car on campus! The bus system is great, but a lot of people don’t take advantage of it. They have buses that go in opposite directions around campus all day, and they have buses that go off campus. Learn how to use the bus app and the routes before it gets cold out-that’s when you’ll really need them in your life.



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