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Continued: The advice I'd give my college freshman self

  • Article by: AIMEE BLANCHETTE , Star Tribune
  • Last update: September 2, 2014 - 5:20 AM

Embrace your roommate

There will be worse things in life than sharing a mini-fridge with a slob. Besides, it’s good practice for when you will have to share a cubicle with a bizarre co-worker. Linh Nhu, a sophomore at St. Catherine University, said the solution to living in harmony is simple: “Act like the kind of roommate you would like to have.”

 

Stray from campus

There’s a brand-new world beyond the campus walls. “The amenities of a city go far beyond its college campus or its Yelp! reviews, so you have to explore and experience your college town on your own,” said Larry Lorbiecki, a senior at the U.

 

Let go of the past

It might be tempting to go home every weekend to hang out with your high school friends. Don’t. “During my first semester, I stayed so connected with things happening at home that I did not take the time to immerse myself into the college life,” said Kelsey Klingel, a sophomore at the U. “After winter break, I had realized that not only did I not have any friends at school, but my friends and lifestyle back home were slowly slipping away from me.”

 

Own the ‘freshman 15’

Be healthy, but don’t be obsessed. “You’re supposed to gain weight in college. You’re not supposed to be 18 forever,” said Kaitlyn Sturdy, a sophomore at Minnesota State University, Mankato.

 

Don’t listen to your parents

Up until now, your parents knew best. Always keep Mom and Dad’s advice in the back of your mind, but forge your own path. “I would have taken classes I actually thought sounded interesting instead of going straight into tough classes my freshman year,” said Lucy Zhou, a junior at the U. “Take the ideas that others have put into your head and throw them out the window. It’s your time to figure out who you are as a person and what you are interested in.”

 

Aimee Blanchette • 612-673-1715

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