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  1. Be confident and set high standards. Freshman year is the foundation for college success.
  2. Buy your books as soon as you're sure which ones are required. You can usually get a good buy on used books if you shop early in the semester at your school bookstore. Another way to get a great deal on used books is to buy them online. Check out: and
  3. Buy a planner to keep track of homework assignments and tests. If you have a cell phone with a calendar, you can use that too. You can also set personal deadlines and reward yourself when you complete projects.
  4. Get to know your campus community. Find out where the closest grocery store, pharmacy, health clinic, and bank are located. You never know when you might need something.
  5. Safety first. Make sure you know where emergency telephones are located on campus and how to contact public safety officers should you need help.
  6. Always tell someone where you're going. For example; use a whiteboard or a post-it note and let your roommate or someone else know where you are going and what time you expect to be back.
  7. Follow the buddy rule - When going out at night, go with a friend and never leave a party alone or with someone you don't know.
  8. Make it a policy with your roommate top KEEP YOUR DORM ROOM LOCKED at all times. Also, put away or lock up your personals belongings such as extra cash, credit cards, and your laptop, because you never know who might be visiting your room.
  9. Set ground rules with your roommate. Discuss borrowing each other's belongings, having friends or dates over, extended stays, and quiet hours.
  10. Avoid weekday parties. If you insist on partying, at least wait until your classes are done for the week.
  11. Stock your room with healthy snacks. You never know when you'll need to eat breakfast or lunch on the go because you're late for class.
  12. Fit in exercise every day. It's a great way to release stress. Try a new fitness class at school or a local fitness center.
  13. Join clubs and attend school social events.
  14. Make it a habit to go to your professors' office hours. It's a good idea to meet with them personally every so often to show that you are serious about learning.
  15. Call your parents at least once a week to check in. If your school isn't too far from home, consider taking a weekend trip home every once in a while to rejuvenate.
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Updated: 3/12/2015



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