Freshman year is different for all of us, and whether it’s easy or not varies from person to person.
For me, however, it definitely wasn’t easy, proven by the dozens of empty Easy Mac containers that perpetually filled my trash can. Nevertheless, I wish I had done some things differently. Keep reading for some heartfelt tips on how to make the most out of your freshman year at Boston University.


An employee at Warren Dining Hall restocks the salad bar. PHOTO BY SARAH SILBIGER/ DAILY FREE PRESS STAFF

Go to the gym
This is a no-brainer. I came fresh out of an active lifestyle into a completely new one: my senior year of high school, I was on the soccer team. At BU, I’m not part of the soccer team. At first, I failed to realize that to remain at my peak physical fitness level, I needed to do something else, and do it consistently. That’s why my first piece of advice is to exercise most days of the week. If you hate to work out, do so in the morning to get it over with, or at night before you go to bed. Even going on a quick jog takes very little time and literally no equipment (other than some running shoes). When there is a will, there is a way!

Rate My Professors
I wish I had known about this website sooner. Not only is this website great for rating teachers and reading reviews, but also, in doing so, you are preparing for your next potential course and figuring out how to study and succeed in order to do well in that class.

Hack the dining hall
Learn your way around all the dining halls and the GSU, and try your best to eat something that is nutritious and filling. Also learn what times they tend to get busy, where the best seats are, which tables have outlets, etc.

Figure out which studying method works for you
The work you put into your homework and studies will directly reflect in your grades. Freshman year grades can make or break your GPA (seriously). Put in effort, or spend three years regretting your decision and trying hard to bring your average back up. Find places around campus where you like to study, learn how you study best, and make a daily plan to study for a set number of hours or get a certain amount of assignments done.

Use a planner
You can use a physical planner, the calendar app on your phone or some other method that works for you, but either way using a planner will help you keep track of what class is when and where and when assignments are due. Know your BU ID number, passwords and teachers’ office hours. This planner can be a great place to store all of this information. I take my planner everywhere, and it has been a life changer.