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20 Tips: The Real College Guide

the real college guideI’ve seen a lot of articles about tips when you go to college. Let’s be honest here.

It’s freshman year and you don’t know anyone. You are worried about freshman 15 (gaining weight) and flunking out. Ok. Here’s all you need to know:

  1. You don’t need to make a friend the first day
  2. You don’t need to eat the all you can eat cafeteria meals
  3. You don’t need to drink yourself to death and roll home with a slice of pizza and eat it in your bed
  4. You don’t need to sit in the front row of your first class and think the teacher cares
  5. You don’t need to brag about your tolerance for beer or that you know the difference between Sativa versus Indica weed
  6. You don’t need to go to the student store for anything
  7. You don’t need to call your parents if you don’t feel like it
  8. You don’t need to take note of everything out of the professor’s mouth, but it helps
  9. Turn your walk of shame into a walk of fame
  10. Read, really read
  11. Pretend your deadline for a paper is a week before it’s due
  12. If you’re into a guy or girl just go for it, you’re not in high school anymore
  13. Freshman floor can be scandals….keep your business to yourself
  14. Your roommate is not as bad as the one next door
  15. Pulling an all nighter is high school…you don’t need to do it anymore
  16. Not studying is pure stupidity
  17. Finals suck when you’re not prepared
  18. The syllabus is your friend
  19. You’re not starting fresh, you’re continuing on your journey
  20. You don’t need to do anything other then be yourself

When I started college it was a little different. I played volleyball at Columbia University and started earlier then the freshman class due to practice so never had the chance to do the freshman orientation thing. But, I was still a freshman. I still had to make my way. I remember seniors on the team making “your mom” jokes and had no idea what they were talking about and my come back was “Your Mom!” Whatever that meant at the time, it still rings true today. Wherever you land on the awesomeness of freshman year, just know all you have to do is Stay Low And Drive Hard.

Famous saying by a famous man. It’s an old rugby term.

Stay Low And Drive Hard


20 Tips: The Real College Guide

Erica Loberg

Erica Loberg was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA. She attended Columbia University in New York and graduated with a BA in English. She is a published poet and author of Inside the Insane, Screaming at the Void, What Men Should Know About Women, What Women Should Know About Men, Diamonds From The Rough and Undressed.

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Loberg, E. (2016). 20 Tips: The Real College Guide. Psych Central. Retrieved on February 28, 2020, from


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