You’ve finally made it to college and there’s a lot you’re looking forward to. Making new friends, exploring campus, amazing extracurriculars and likely some amazing parties. But first, there’s frosh week to get through. Here are some tips to survive—and even enjoy—your frosh week.
1. Do Your Research
We know, classes haven’t even started yet so the last thing you probably want to do is research. When you’re gearing up for frosh week, however, it’s really not a bad idea. Each university celebrates “orientation,” “welcome week” or “freshers” differently. So find out what you’re in for at your university and make sure to take advantage of any opportunities to learn more about the university’s clubs, events and services.
2. Plan Ahead
If you can, try to arrive on campus a few days early. This will help you settle in, unpack a bit, explore campus and maybe even meet a few people before frosh week starts. This will help you feel more comfortable, especially as frosh week is usually jam-packed with activities.
3. Remember to Eat and Hydrate!
You’re going to be busy. And chances are, you’ll be partying too. But take a break from the keg and make sure you grab some solid food every day. Also, the weather in September can still be really hot! Especially if you have alcohol in your system, your body can get dehydrated quickly. Make sure you carry a water bottle with you and refill it often. You’ll be the one feeling the freshest and the most ready for action in your entire group if you do!
4. Put Yourself Out There
Heading to college can definitely be intimidating, but it can also be the start of some of your most lasting friendships. Don’t be afraid to introduce yourself to all kinds of people—this is your opportunity to form a brand new social circle.
While frosh week is usually set up as a time for you to learn more about your university, it’s also a time for fun! So put on your school’s colors, learn the chants and cheers and get ready for some of the best years of your life.
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