It’s crazy hot, sunny, and humid on that Columbia-August day. Greek town is raging with music, and students are overflowing the campus as they move in to their homes and say goodbye to their parents. It’s an overwhelming experience, and all you want to do is cling to your parents and beg them not to leave you. But little do you know, you’re about to make some of the best memories of your life. Here are 10 Tips to Survive Your Freshman Year at Mizzou!
1. BE SOCIAL
During the first few weeks, introduce yourself to as many people as you can, and say hi to everyone! Luckily, Mizzou offers so many beginning-of-the-year events for freshman to get to meet other people; take advantage of these!
2. JOIN A CLUB
Mizzou has over 600 different student organizations that can be anything athletic to academic! Not only will you meet friends, but studies have proved that being involved improved your grades and help you to feel more connected to the campus.
3. MAKE FRIENDS IN CLASS
Knowing people in your class makes going much better. Also, you then have people who can fill you in when you miss a class, help you when you have a question, and be your study buddies for exams!
4. GO TO THE REC
Our student recreation center was rated the best I the country for a reason! Sand volleyball courts, an indoor and outdoor track, indoor and outdoor pool, lazy river, hot tub, 50m swimming pool, rock climbing, basketball courts, and even a SPA, are all a part of our killer rec center. It gets even better: for only 50 dollars a semester, you have unlimited access to the many fitness classes offered!
5. PUT YOUR HEALTH FIRST!
Nothing should come before your health. Eight to ten hours of sleep is the recommended amount for college students, so go to bed EARLY!! Also, naps are your best friend and should be taken whenever possible! Eat healthy, workout, drink lots of water, and know your resources.
6. DON’T CRAM!
Cram-studying for an exam never ends well. Not only will you lose sleep, but you will be stressed and not retain the information as well as you need to do well on the exam. It is recommended to review your notes at least once a day, every day, for the week or two prior to the exam. This way, you only have to dedicate 30 or so minutes a day to the topic, instead of cramming 6 plus hours in the day before the test. Your exam scores will be better!
7. STAY ORGANIZED
Keeping your school work organized will make you less stressed, and ensure that you’re always prepared for class. Also, keep your dorm room clean. This will put your mind at ease, and give you a nice place to come back to and rest after classes.
8. CALL YOUR MOM
It’s your first time on your own and you don’t know how to do your laundry, put sheets on your bed, share a tiny room with a stranger, and when things feel like they can’t be worse, you walk into your first college lecture and leave feeling confused and overwhelmed. Call your mom. She always knows what to do, and her voice will comfort you. She will probably laugh at you for the laundry and making your bed, but you could use some humor!
9. YOU AREN’T ALONE
There are thousands of other freshman here at Mizzou who are just as lost and scared as you are! We are all struggling with adjusting ourselves to our new lives, and trying to find our place. Reminding yourself that you are NOT alone in your times of worry and fear will make you feel better.
10. HAVE FUN
Mizzou is an AWESOME school with SO much to do! Take advantage of all the clubs and organizations. Take advantage of all the sporting events, and tailgate for gamedays. Go out in Greek town, and go to Fieldhouse. Eat out and shop downtown, do homework on the quad, or go hike the MKT trail, the Pinnacles, Devils Icebox, or one of the many other beautiful parks Columbia provides! You’re only a freshman ONCE, so live it up!!
College is a transition, and can be very scary at first. Go into it with an open mind, and know that things will sort themselves out and you will soon be able to call this place your home. Meet new people, make life-long friends, do well in school, be involved, take care of youself, and most importantly, HAVE FUN!