As summer comes to an end, many parents are packing up their cars and driving their kids to their freshman year of college.
According to the College Student Journal, "30 to 40 percent college students drop-out before obtaining a degree." The reason for the drop-out rate may be due to academic or social changes.
One of the keys to surviving freshman year is being prepared. Your first few weeks will be a transition and adjustment period. As you experience your new found freedom, it is vital to be prepared and roll with the punches.
Don’t be afraid to ask for help if there is a situation where you do not know what to do. Your university has free and valuable resources. And, remember, your situation isn’t new. There are other students who may have been in your situation.
Here are some tips to prepare yourself or your loved one for their freshman year.
• According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), ʺif you are a female age 26 or younger, get an HPV vaccine to help prevent cervical cancer.ʺ
• Condoms. Condoms. Condoms. Protect yourself against SDTs and ask your partner to wear a condom.
The Freshman 15. Dr. Mallika Marshall, a practicing physician at Massachusetts General Hospital’s Chelsea Urgent Care facility, recommends the following to avoid the ʺfreshman 15ʺ:
• Avoid eating after 6 p.m.
• When you order a pizza, also order a salad. Eat the salad first and save the extra pizza for a later day.
• Don’t use a tray in the cafeteria. Only carry what you can eat. Cafeteria trays invite extras like dessert.
• Eat fruit and vegetables for snacks.
• Avoid junk food.
• Exercise regularly. Try intramural sports at your college. It is also a great way to meet new people.
Other freshman survival tips:
• Before you leave for college, make sure you get all your shots.
• Avoid caffeinated drinks up to eight hours before you go to bed.
• Limit your time on Facebook. Facebook is a great way to waste time to avoid studying.
• At night, do not walk alone. Use the buddy system.
• Invest in mace, pepper spray and a whistle.