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Dear Frosh: New, daily series of college tips

Jenna Johnson

Next week I am launching a new feature on Campus Overload called "Dear Frosh." Each day for the first few weeks of school, I will feature a short essay on the topic of "When I was a freshman, I wish I had known ... "

These essays are written by a variety of people: Current students, recent graduates, university professors or administrators and those who graduated long ago. The subjects so far include discovering your drinking limit, taking community college classes and expanding your circle of friends beyond your dorm floor.

Are you interested in writing an essay (or know someone I should ask)? Essays need to be less than 300 words and should start with a sentence like this: "I wish I had known ... " You can send your essay, along with a photo of yourself and a one-sentence bio, to johnsonj@washpost.com.

When I threw open the request for advice for freshmen on Twitter (follow me at wpjenna), I received tons of quick tips:

@kevincleary PARK LEGALLY! The amount of money I spent on parking tickets throughout undergrad was atrocious. I could be the owner of an iPad

@HPforStudents I graduated awhile ago but wish I would have done more research on jobs and salary asoc with my major before I picked it

@supichill that getting [action] is 1000 x's easier than in high school.

@aelphabawest Take classes that push your boundaries. If you're bad at math, take statistics. Audit it to save your GPA.

@IslandGyalSTX I wish I knew then how important ur credit score is. And not to accept credit card offers

@ghosthokie that your freshman GPA is super important. Mathematically, it's hard to recover later on.

@venividivince don't pick 8am classes, and schedule all tuesday and thursday classes

@RichardWRprofil I wish I knew that I wouldn't wish I knew later on.

@GnTExecutive I wish someone had told me to take as many courses as possible. Might have taken me 4 years instead of a 3-semester full 5 years.

@MaggyCounsel Some start strong others finish strong. Stay true to yourself & don't worry about keeping up w/ party culture.

@a_small_world I wish I knew I was in college not high school anymore!

@MPucciMedia I knew all along that art school was the best thing for me to do. regrets? a smidge -- music was another love but I wouldn't trade it.

@ix21 When I was a @freshman, I wish I had known my @major and @career would be in @journalism. I wish I had thought on God more, too.

@JMichaelBrown I wish knew how to strategize my studies.

@babettesullivan not to worry so much about your major. to just do what you love!

@oParasiteSingle That isn't difficult. My freshman year of college I wish I'd known that graduating would never pay off, no matter how well I did.

@FritzScherz a better sense of what I wanted to do when I grew up.

@kg4giy That the US banking system was more archaic than it pretended to be and that my degree, 20 years later, wouldn't matter.

@GlennEbert that it would go by so insanely fast & soak it up, not worry so much & realize that 22 wasnt really the beginning of being elderly.

@GlennEbert oh and I also wish I would've seen this recession coming so I wouldve stayed for 6 yrs instead of 4 :)

Campus Overload is a daily must-read for all college students. Make sure to bookmark http://washingtonpost.com/campus-overload. You can also follow me on Twitter and fan Campus Overload on Facebook.

By Jenna Johnson  |  September 3, 2010; 10:45 AM ET
Categories:  College 101  | Tags: Dear Frosh  
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