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Conquering Freshman Fears: Life Skills

Categories: College Life

Note: If you missed parts one and two of this series, see Conquering Freshman Fears: Making Friends and Conquering Freshman Fears: Academics.

Managing Finances and other Life Skills

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Attention incoming freshmen: welcome to college! It’s finally time to live on your own without being constantly watched by your parents, which leaves many students fearing that they don’t know how to take care of themselves. It may be your first time doing laundry and cooking your own meals, among other things, but there’s a first time for everything, and it will become second nature in no time. Before you pack your bags and head back to the comfort of home, take a look at these tips for conquering freshmen fears.

Fear #7: I don’t know if I’ll be able to balance everything.

In college, there’s a lot going on. Between academic obligations and social endeavors, you may find yourself having trouble juggling everything you need and want to do. Eventually you will get the hang of it and know what you do and don’t have time for, but in the beginning, finding balance is something you’ll have to work at. Many students keep a calendar and update it every week to make sure that they properly allocate their time between work and play. If you are worried about balancing your time, this could be a great option for you and help you have a successful freshman year.

Fear #8: I’m concerned about managing my own finances.

When you’re out on your own, you may be in charge of your bank account for the first time, and not have your parents constantly giving you advice on good and unnecessary purchases. If you are living under a tighter budget, staying on top of your finances is incredibly important, but it is relatively easy in modern society to know where you stand. Take advantage of online banking and printable statements at ATMs, which can both give you an up-to-date information on your bank account. Many banks also offer automatic transfers from checking into savings, which can help you keep your savings at a certain level so you don’t have to worry as much about getting off track.

Fear #9: I don’t know how to do many basic skills.

Depending on what your living situation was like at home, freshman year may be your first time having to cook and clean for yourself. Though you may be nervous about taking care of yourself for the first time, you will soon realize that these skills will become part of your daily life. You will figure out how to do everything you need to do with a little help from those around you, and in no time, you’ll wonder how you ever used to rely on someone else.

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Conquering Freshman Fears: Academics

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Lecture Hall

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Attention incoming freshmen: Now that you’ve got your social fears under control (if you missed it, see part one of this series, Conquering Freshman Fears: Making Friends), it’s time to tackle academics. One of the hardest parts of transitioning from high school to college is the difference between the two levels academically, which may have you dreading the first day of classes. Again, this fear is something shared by most freshmen, and you’re not alone. Before you begin to doubt your abilities, take a look at these tips for conquering freshman fears.

Fear #4: I won’t be able to keep up academically.

It’s true that college will be a lot more difficult and a lot more work than high school, but that doesn’t mean you won’t be able to make good grades. In college, after you choose a major, most of your classes will be tailored more specifically to your personal academic interests. These classes are designed to challenge you academically. If you find yourself needing extra help, there are tons of resources on college campuses that can help you succeed.

Fear #5: My professors will be too intimidating.

Many of your professors during your first year will gear the class ambiance and material to freshmen students, and understand the stress the transition to college can cause. Professors who teach freshmen are very open to helping students and answering questions both in and out of the classroom. They, along with teaching assistants, often will set up “office hours,” or scheduled times when students can come in with their questions to receive more one-on-one help. Getting to know your professors on a first name basis will ensure that they see you as not just another student in class, but one that goes above and beyond to excel in the classroom. It will also help you feel less intimidated by your professors when you see them in a different environment.

Fear #6: I was admitted by accident.

Many nervous students question whether or not their acceptance to college was an accident, and whether or not they are the caliber of student that the university looks for. The good news here is that the system the admissions office uses to review and admit students is very precise, and accidents, if they’ve ever happened, are extremely rare. You worked hard to get where you are, and you deserve it. Don’t question yourself, and start enjoying college for all of the great things it has to offer.

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Conquering Freshman Fears: Making Friends

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Making Friends

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Attention incoming freshman: are you scared to start school? Dreading meeting your roommate? Don’t know if you’ll be able to keep up? Take a deep breath—you’re going to be fine. What you’re feeling is completely normal, and you’re among other students who are experiencing the exact same thing. Before you freak out and question yourself, take a look at these tips for conquering freshman fears.

Fear #1: I won’t be able to make friends.

The best thing about going to college is that everyone is new, and the living and learning environments are both designed to foster social interactions between students. The majority of freshman students will know virtually no one on the day they move to school, and find that meeting people is actually pretty easy if you put yourself out there. If you’re worried about making friends, try propping your door open during the day while you and your roommate are moving in. This will let people walking by know it’s ok to come introduce themselves and help create a friendly environment on your hall.

Fear #2: I won’t like my roommate.

Getting along with a new roommate is a genuine concern for many students who may have heard horror stories from older friends about bad roommate experiences. It may be your first time sharing a room with another person, which can be difficult for even the most open-minded of people. You and your roommate may not be best friends, but odds are highly in your favor that you will be able to comfortably share a room together. Serious problems are pretty rare, and if you do experience one, your university may be able to reassign you to a different room. Keep an open mind when you meet your roommate, and you may be surprised with the outcome. Remember, it’s a two-way street–he or she is preparing to live with you, too, and may have some building nerves, so make it easy on both of you by remembering to be open and considerate in the beginning. You don’t have to be the best friends on earth, and in fact, a simple and civil living situation is perfectly adequate for the purposes of starting your college life. With a little time, however, those initial feelings of angst will soon be a distant memory.

Fear #3: I’ll miss my friends from home too much.

When you leave for college, you may think that you won’t be able to live without your friends form home. You will miss them a lot, but like you, they are away at school experiencing new things and meeting new people. If YOU don’t let missing your friends hinder you from meeting new people, then it won’t happen. Rather than sitting in your room on Skype during Welcome Week, get out with your roommate and start making new friends. By the end of freshman year, you’ll think that you won’t be able to live without your new friends either.

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