25 Tips to Help You Survive and Thrive Your Freshman Year and Beyond

It’s that time of year again – freshman college students are attending new student orientation at their college of choice.   A wide range of feelings are normal…anxious, excited, scared, unsure, happy, prepared, or unprepared (just to name a few).  There is one thing that will help your transition to college – getting involved on campus.  This can mean attending orientations, attending all classes, becoming friendly with campus staff such as your academic advisor, career counselor, professors, and even the Starbucks barista.  These new connections can help you feel more comfortable in your new environment and make your transition to college life smoother and less stressful.

**Some interesting facts to be aware of, according to American College Testing (ACT), one in every four college students leaves before completing their sophomore year — and nearly half of all freshmen will either drop out before obtaining a degree or complete their college education elsewhere.

**Top 10 Reasons College Students Leave/Drop-Out

  1. Too much fun at the expense of classes and grades
  2. A sense of not belonging; a sense of isolation, homesickness
  3. Academically unprepared; burned-out on education
  4. Financial constraints; low on funds
  5. Personal family issues
  6. Academic climate/fit
  7. Choice of wrong major; major not offered
  8. Lack of advising, guidance
  9. Demands from part-time or full-time employment
  10. Move to a different geographic location

**Information derived from Quintessential Careers, written by Dr. Randal S Hansen.

The attached article provides some tips to help you in your freshman year and throughout your college career.


By Tara Ryan
Tara Ryan Career Counselor, College of Sciences Tara Ryan