How to Survive Your Freshman Year

Welcome to Sonoma State class of 2020! Here are some tips to help you survive your first year of college.

1. Go to Orientation.

Even if you have already taken a campus tour, it is still important to go to Orientation to learn more about the campus. The faster you learn your way around the campus, the easier it will be to find your classes.

2. Get to know your roommates and neighbors.

Take the time to get to know the people you will be living with for the next year. Plan a dinner or go do something all together!

3. Get organized.

Your best friend in college will be your planner. We highly recommend buying one to keep track of all of your assignments, exams, work schedule, and everything else!

4. Go to class.

As tempting as it may be to sleep through your 8 AM, don't do it. You will miss vital material that will be covered on the exam and possibly be marked down for attendance. If you're super tired, take a nap after class! 

5. Meet with your advisor.

To save yourself from becoming stressed and overwhelmed, meet with your advisor. They know everything when it comes to creating a class schedule, remaining on track to graduation, and deciding a major and/or minor. Check your SSU online portal for your assigned advisors contact information.

6. Get involved.

Don't be shy! Join one of the many clubs, organizations, sororities or fraternities, or a sports team! Getting involved in college is a great way to meet people!

7. Don't procrastinate.

College is very different than high school in the sense that you simply cannot wait until the last minute to do an assignment. Majority of assignments in college are worth a huge percentage of your grade, meaning you are expected to study and know the material. Deadlines are real, and can't be excused.

8. Try to exercise and eat healthy.

Unfortunately the freshman fifteen is real. It is easy to gain weight when you are no longer enjoying a balanced meal cooked by your mom. As tempting as it is to eat fries and pizza every day, try to eat some greens every once in awhile and make time to go to the Rec Center.

9. Don't forget to call home.

If you are feeling homesick, call your family! Even though you are all grown up and away at school, you are never too old to call your mom and talk to her about your day.

10. Have fun!

Don't forget to have fun! College will be the best four years of your life, make it count!


Written By: Aubrey Anzelmo | Seawolf Living