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Advice for frosh from Meredith College students

College 101 - Checklist.jpgWelcome back to Freshman Orientation. Today a group of students at Meredith College in Raleigh, N.C., answered the question: What do you wish you knew freshman year?

Allie Hargrove, Class of 2011
"I wish I had figured out earlier that professors are really willing to work with you if you just go talk to them. I guess I figured once I got to college I was on my own to learn everything, but that's not the case."

Christina Cole, Class of 2013
"I wish I would have talked to a current student about what sorts of things they bought for their room. It's easy to look at a residence hall room once and think about what you might want to get and then go shopping and forget completely. I would have liked to have known what worked for other students and where they shopped!"

Kristen Gallagher, Class of 2013
"Stay on task, but also balance your life. Try to use the gym a few days a week to de-stress, and have fun on the weekends. But if you do plan to go out, try to be respectful of your residence hall neighbors when you come in late -- we can hear everything!"

Emily Pappas, Class of 2012
"Not to bring so much stuff! I thought I was going to need all my favorite things with me, but I ended up just cluttering my space with things I never used, and it was a pain to move it all out again at the end of the year. You acquire so many things during the year anyway that you should start out with only what you need and then build on that.

"Don't wait until the last minute, especially for papers. A lot of times professors will let you come to them for help editing and with content on papers if you get them done early enough. Go to your professors for help; having close relationships with them is unbelievably valuable. Go to class and ask lots of questions. Professors love engaged students and really will help you out at the end of the semester if they see that you have been trying."

Allison Huber, Class of 2012
"I studied abroad the summer after my freshmen year. I spent six weeks in Málaga, Spain, and absolutely loved it! I would do it again in a heartbeat if I could."

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By Jenna Johnson  |  July 29, 2010; 3:29 PM ET
Categories:  College 101  | Tags: Frosh Orientation, Meredith College  
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