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Tips for the incoming college freshman

August 21, 2019

College marks a brand new chapter in a student's life. Some even say college is one of the most rewarding experiences that will be fondly remembered for years to come. However, college can also be overwhelming from time to time. In order to have the very best experience, we've compiled a few helpful reminders for incoming freshmen.

You are not alone

While it seems everything is new and changing, one thing remains: you aren't in this alone. New friends, new school, new living arrangement, new classes and an entire new routine can seem daunting and lonely. But fear not, experiencing these feelings is completely normal. Reach out to those around you, join new clubs or organizations and stay connected with old friends. Remember, others around you might be feeling the same way you're feeling.

Schoolwork comes first

Remember, you are here for an education. Don't get behind on assignments and always put your best foot forward. If you're having trouble in a class, reach out for help or join a study group. Make your studies your biggest priority in order to see the best results.

Sleep is key

You might find that there's a lot more to do once you arrive on campus, leaving you little time to unwind or rest. Keep in mind, though, sleep is essential in doing your best at college. Make time for some much needed zzz's.

Freshman 15 (fact or fiction?)

OK, this saying is a bit overkill, but it's a reminder to take care of your physical health even after leaving home. Did you know your mind will also thank you? Don't let the junk food and fast food take over your regular healthy diet.

Have fun, but be safe

College is for trying new things, isn't it? Yes, precisely! The whole experience is about figuring out what you want to do with your life and then chasing your dreams and working hard to get there. Sometimes, though, you might be tempted to go drinking with friends. If you do, remember to be smart and safe. Also, there's always fun alternatives out there. Try seeing a movie, hosting a game night or attending a free concert. You might even find out you're having more fun.

Talk to a mental health professional, if needed

If there's one thing for certain, it's never wrong to reach out for help once you enter this new era in your life. If you are struggling with your mental health, please contact a professional who can be there for you.

To schedule your appointment with Clearwater Counseling, PC, please call 308-210-8487 or email


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