Hey incoming freshman! There are only a couple more weeks until the start of your freshman year aka one of the most exciting years of your life! Oh how I wish I was a freshman again, there would be so many things that I would do over, and so many things I wish I could have done. With that being said, here is a list of seven things you should definitely know before starting the year.

  1. When you make your schedule whatever you do, do NOT give yourself an 8 am class. You might be used to getting up early coming out of high school, but trust me you WILL regret it when there is something fun to do the night before.
  2. The C4C dining hall is great at first. You’re going to think there are a million different options for food, which there are, and you’re going to want to eat everything, which you will. You are most definitely going to gain weight (everyone does) so find some time in your day to work out! I never really appreciated how fantastic our gym is so check it out!
  3. DO EVERYTHING. Join clubs, go out to parties, go on hikes, go to sporting events. You’re only a freshman once and the year is seriously going to flash by.
  4. Meet as many people as you can! There are thousands of students at CU so if you don’t like your roommate, don’t fret! Make friends in your hallway, in your classes, at parties. The possibilities are endless and everyone is in the same boat as you. This is also a time you can reinvent yourself 🙂
  5. Rent books at the bookstore instead of buying them because it’s cheaper. The bookstore buys books back at the end of the year but it’s honestly a scam because they buy them back for like $5 when you paid $150. I would also wait to get your textbooks until after you go to class because sometimes you can get by without even using a textbook (depending on the course).
  6. Keep up with your work but at the same time do not stress over grades. One test doesn’t determine your future, especially as a freshman.
  7. Figure out your limit with alcohol quickly. Blacking out isn’t cool and it’s dangerous. Why even go out if you’re not going to remember your night? The point of making memories is to remember them!!

The thing to take away from this is that you’re entering a whole new type of environment than what you are used to so don’t be afraid to take risks and try new things!


Photo by Casey A. Cass


Lily is a senior at the University of Colorado at Boulder and will be graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Film Studies along with a certificate in Business. She is originally from Scarborough, Maine, but decided to venture to Colorado for it's beauty and to get back in touch with her birth place which is Boulder. She is a Film Studies major because she is very interested in the behind the scenes of what goes into making a film. Not only that, but her favourite hobby in the world is to watch movies. She recently went abroad to Sydney, Australia to get a taste of a different culture. While being there, she learned to not take life too seriously, and to slow things down. The Australian lifestyle can really teach a person how to be chill. You can find Lily at the movies, hanging on Pearl Street having a beer with friends, or at the breathtaking lookout of Flagstaff enjoying the view.