5 Things I Learned My First Semester At College

My first semester of college is over! Looking back at the past few months, here are some important things I’ve learned.


Don’t worry too much about getting bad grades

Most college classes are curved, so you’ll end up doing better than you think. Even if you feel like you didn’t do very well on a test, you may still get a good grade if you score higher than some of your classmates. Unlike in high school, an 85% could mean an A instead of a B.


Do laundry as often as you can

Don’t let it pile up! You don’t want the extra stress of having no clothes to wear on top of all the other annoyances you have to deal with.


Maintain a good sleep schedule

Don’t get in the habit of going to sleep extremely late every night because then you’ll never be able to fall asleep early when you need to. This sucks when you have a 9 AM meeting and are lying in bed awake until 3 AM. Try to manage your time so you can finish most of your homework during the day.


Go to office hours

Don’t be afraid to get help from your teachers. Not everyone does this, so you’ll have an advantage over your classmates. You’ll feel more confident with the material and less stressed out in general.


Don’t compare yourself to others

No matter who you are, there will always be someone with better grades and a better social life than you. So don’t waste your mental energy worrying that you’re not good enough.


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  • Nadira Berman

    As a Summer Marketing Intern, Nadira is excited to help high schoolers prepare for the SAT and ACT. As a freshman at the University of Pennsylvania, she is considering studying economics. In her free time, she reports for the school newspaper and styles photo shoots for the school's fashion magazine. Besides fashion and journalism, her passions include bagels, smoothies and Netflix.

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