9) Don’t be the freshman who asks a question in class every five minutes.
Please stop doing this. Every teacher has an email, so your “what day is the midterm going to be on?” question on the first day is extremely unnecessary and obnoxious. Read the syllabus on the first day and make sure you add all midterms, deadlines, etc. to your planner.
8) Don’t be the freshman who goes home every weekend.
You’re paying at LEAST $15,000 a year, why the f*** would you go home? You just spent the last 18 years living at home and you’ll be home all summer— give your parents a break. Plus, the weekends are the only good time to make friends with your fellow freshmen. If you only make friends in class, you’re going to finish freshman year with a bunch of study buddies.
7) Don’t be the freshman who constantly cries about their long distance relationship from high school.
There’s nothing wrong with trying to continue that relationship, just stop crying about it to people who not only don’t know anything about you or your significant other, because they also really don’t give a s***.
6) Don’t be the freshman who skateboards to class every day.
It might get you to class 2 minutes earlier, but it’s obnoxiously loud and you will piss off every single person you pass. Wake up a bit earlier to allot for the time you need to walk to class or be a part of the crowd and power walk with the rest of us.
5) Don’t be the group of freshmen who can’t seem to have a normal conversation without yelling and making a scene.
We all know you can talk at a reasonable volume, so please do. Be conscious about how loud you are – you may let something slip that you didn’t want other people necessarily knowing.
4) Don’t be overconfident.
Confidence is a great thing, but when you have too much of it as college freshmen, you’re just asking for an upperclassman to put you back in your place. And trust me, you do not want to be put back in your place. Don’t worry though, once you become a junior it’ll be your turn to be overconfident
3) Don’t be the freshman constantly harassing upperclassmen about where the parties are at.
If we like you, we will tell you. If we don’t tell you, it’s because nothing is going on or we really don’t like you. Either way, stop.
2) Don’t ask upperclassmen for alcohol unless you’re already friends with them.
Seriously, getting alcohol for minors is not only illegal, it’s annoying. If you do somehow get someone to go for you, don’t ask for something ridiculously specific because we’re not going to stand around searching for your rare limited-edition imported liquid raspberry liquor. We will just take your money and never talk to you again.
Don’t be the type of freshmen who sleeps with a new person every other night.
We get it, college is great for one night stands. But if you’re sleeping with everyone, you’ll quickly acquire an unwanted label and also most likely some sort of STD— neither of which will make your time in college better.
If you can follow these key tips, you’ll make it through your freshman year without incident and most likely win the respect of your elder classmates. Good luck!