Guide to Being a Successful Freshman

Written by the Officers of Alpha Phi Sigma Pre-Medical Honor Society
As you enter college you will find yourself balancing much more than you did in high school. Here are 5 tips for having a fun and productive freshman year.
Be flexible
Each class may require a different style of note taking and studying. Studying for some classes works best with handwritten notes, while it is easier in other classes to use PowerPoint slides and your laptop. Take some time to figure out the best way to approach each course and be flexible.
Get involved
Whether it be a professional organization or a sports team, get involved with the clubs and organizations that UT has to offer. By putting yourself out there, you will meet new people and have a great time. Focusing purely on academics prevents you from experiencing the variety of things that makes our university so great!
Do not be afraid to ask questions
If there is a topic that you are uncertain about, ask for clarification or go to the professor’s office hours for advice. This will help in the long run of the course and will make you feel less anxious when it comes down to test day.
Be proactive
The best approach to being successful in class is to consciously make an effort to stay ahead of the game in terms of assignments and studying. If you find yourself consistently falling behind, don’t be afraid to ask a friend to be your study partner, so you have someone to always keep you accountable. Best advice, do something every day, and the number of days will loads of work will decline.

Have fun
Things can get pretty busy and hectic early on. Once you find yourself in a good place academically, you should find the time to enjoy yourself. A large part of the undergraduate experience is finding out who are. Try new things and be passionate. Prioritize your life but never limit yourself.

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