50 Tips to Make you the Happiest Freshman on Campus

Freshman year of college is a happy, but hectic time. It can either be the best or worst year of your life. It’s what you make of it. Here are a few tips that will make you the happiest freshman on campus. 


1. Don’t assume the whole year will be as stressful as the first week.

2. Make friends with football players at orientation. It will come in handy when you need someone to carry your mini-fridge to your fourth floor dorm room.

3. Though Welcome Weekend activities are lame, attend anyway. You may just meet your future best friend.

4. Take advantage of your meal plan, even if the food’s gross. Buying groceries every week gets pricey.

5. Always get a side salad at the dinning hall and eat it before you start on your entree.

6. Stop when you’re full!

7. Stay away from pop.

8. Start your day with with a cup of tea and the news. You’ll reap so many health benefits, and always be in the know.

9. Try not to get totally addicted to caffeine. You’ll thank me later.

10. Buy your books form slugbooks.com. It’ll save you hundreds over the next four years.

11. Befriend your roommate.

12. Buy her favorite snack or take her out to wish her luck before her first big test. Little, thoughtful things make all the difference.

13. Don’t get a pet fish the first week just because everyone else is. It’s way more responsibility than you think, and you’ll most likely kill it. College is stressful enough without fishy funerals.

14. Stop at one drink if you go to a party the first weekend of college. Bad reputations and first impressions go hand in hand.

15.  Never drink anything at a party you don’t make yourself or see being made.

16. Never ever put your drink down. Even if a gorgeous frat guy with piercing blue eyes wants to hold your hand.

17. Don’t be afraid to say no.

18. Don’t be afraid to stay in and veg out alone on the weekends every so often.

19. Disney movies are the new comfort food.

20. If you need real comfort food, buy fat free or low cal.

21. Don’t pay for a Netflix subscription. This is an important one. You’ll not only save money, but you also won’t be wasting hours on TV shows you’ve already seen that could be spent doing homework or hanging out with friends. If you really need to Gossip Girl binge, chances are, your friends will have a subscription and you can all watch together (Making it a social event, instead of a sad night alone on your computer, wearing no pants, and shoving popcorn down your throat).

22. Go to the library. Actually study while your there, instead of talking to the hot guy from psych class.

23. Don’t buy sugary coffee drinks from the library coffee shop. Those calories add up.

24. Go to your college’s fitness center. Your days of free gym access are numbered. Take advantage as often as you can.

25. Call your parents at least once a week.

26. Stay in touch with your high school friends.

27. If your college is close to home, don’t go home every weekend. New friends and experiences are the whole point of going to college. Oh, and that knowledge stuff, also.

28. Don’t feed in to “hookup culture”.

29. Instead, let nice boys take you out to get coffee or pizza. Avoid dates that include a dingy frat house basement and jungle juice as the main course.

30. If he’s only texting you after 11, he only wants one thing. And, it’s not stimulating conversation (Also, “cuddling” does not mean actual cuddling if it’s coming from a boy and not your dog).

31. A person who nice to you, but is not nice to the cashier at Taco Bell is not a nice person.

32. If you’re coming into college still in a relationship with your high school boyfriend, do not use it as an excuse not to go out and meet new people.

33. Go to college-sponsored functions. The “Spooktacular Halloween Party” and “Krazy Karaoke Night” may sound like events  your sister in 7th grade would be bored at, but you’ll meet new people and there’s usually free food.

34. Always accept free food. 

35. And free T-shirts.

36. Join some sort of non-academic club, whether it’s a sorority, an acapella group, hall communications, or student senate.

37. Rush, even if you don’t plan on joining a sorority. You’ll meet some great people!

38. Whether you join a sorority or not, know that Greek Life isn’t for everyone, and that’s not a bad thing.

39. Never walk alone at night. If you absolutely have to, download a safety app.

40. Always keep Disney princess band-aids around.

41. Chocolate Tuxedo Cream Cheesecake from the Cheesecake Factory and chick-flicks all night with your best girl friends is the best remedy for any pressing problem.

42. Confidence is directly correlated with the quality of your underwear. Wear your favorite matching bra and underwear when you have a test, or know it’s going to be a hard day.

43. Always drink two glasses of water for every alcoholic beverage you consume.

44. Never “stress-eat”. Try “stress-running” instead.

45. Don’t be afraid to befriend people you never would have hung out with in high school.

46. Get a student employment job working at the front desk of your hall or in the library. The hours are flexible, and you’ll appreciate the extra spending money.

47. The next three years will be filled with jobs, internships, and bills, and the classes will only get harder. Get most of your “goofing off” out of your system this year, so you can really buckle down in the future.

48. Buy a sensible pair of black heels that you can wear to any job interview or professional function for the next four years.

49. Eat brunch with your friends every Sunday. It’s a great way to bond and catch up after the weekend. Eat as many waffles as possible. Waffles are good for the soul.

50. Smile everyday.


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Molly is a small-town girl with great-big dreams. As a sophomore Magazine Journalism and Creative Writing major at Drake University, her dream is to write for a nationally acclaimed magazine and travel the globe as much as possible. She is currently an editorial intern for The Valley News, and is beyond thrilled to be joining the Sarah Scoop team. In her spare time, Molly enjoys running (as far as possible), reading trashy romance novels, riding horses with her friends, cow-tipping, and binge-watching F.R.I.E.N.D.S. reruns. Fashion, hair-care, and listicals are the three things she knows best, and she considers herself a Ben & Jerry's prodigy, considering she always has the scoop.
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