As a student, my advice for future freshman

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By Katie Saltz

Graduation was this weekend for Anderson County High School, and I think this time of year can get anybody reminiscing about high school. For some it was torture, and for others it was a time of glory. Either way, everybody drew their own experience and can offer different advice to graduates.

Now I am only 20 years old, and I certainly don't claim to be wise. But it has only been two years since I graduated from high school and my memories of my first semester in college are still very fresh. So grads (and parents) if you are planning on attending college, here are my survival tips that I think are worth mentioning.

Go ahead and live in the dorm. Living on campus will give you less of an excuse to skip class. You are already right there. It is also a great way to meet people, and you learn a lot about compromise. Whether your roommate is a stranger or your best friend, living in such a small space causes issues and you will learn to resolve them yourself.

Beware the cafeterias. Some schools are gettingbetter at offering healthy choices, but the convenience of the buffet loaded with fried food is tempting. So be careful - the freshman 15 is not a myth (mine was 20). I think every school has some sort of workout facility, so why not use it? I know at my university they have cool exercise programs for students, like a hip-hop dance class.

Don't be afraid to take classes outside your major. It's good to have an outline of what you need to take, but use your electives to have a little fun. If you think that Egyptian art history sounds like a cool class, take it, even if you aren't an art major. When a class isn't required, it makes it a lot more fun.

Make your study schedule and stick to it. There is always some event, some party or someone wanting to hang out. You probably don't have a curfew anymore and it can be hard to keep on track without limits. Give yourself time for fun, but balance it with your time in class. Your GPA will thank you later.

Freshman year is hard, and I know this advice is pretty generic. We often tune out the warnings of our parents and teachers, but trust me - they end up being right. Congratulations graduates, and good luck, whatever your future plans may be.