Things I Wish I Knew as a Freshman

They say hindsight is 20/20, so I put that to the test by asking this million-dollar question:

What do you know now that you wish you knew as a freshman?

Now pay attention! The wise words of your elders (well, sort of) could really help make your transition to Boston University seamless:

  • Be smart about the harsh New England weather. Get a T pass for the cold days and always have an umbrella or a jacket with a hood for the unexpected rain.
  • Don’t come to BU with a rigid plan. Be open and explore every opportunity that comes your way.
  • Prioritize and manage your time. In college you have a lot of free time, but you need to learn to use it wisely, especially in a place that has so much going on.
  • Step out of your comfort zone and do it with a positive attitude. Be social when you first come to BU and remember that everybody needs to make friends. Even more, talk to your professors so that they know your name–not only will you get more out of the class, but it will pay off down the road.
  • Get involved! This is how you will learn your most valuable life and social lessons. BU is a big place. When you get involved and find your community it will feel much smaller. (Start by attending SPLASH, the fall activities expo.)


Author: Madeline Rubin, BU student (COM)