The Freshman 15: Surviving Your First Year in College

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3. Live in the dorms

This is not just practical, it’s also good for getting as much information about your campus as possible. Because campus residence halls are closer to your classes, you also have the luxury of getting a little bit lost before getting to your classes. This means you will be open to discover shortcuts which you will definitely need as your college years continue.

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4. Use public transportation

Many colleges and universities offer public transportation as a means to getting around. If you don’t have a car, this is your best bet. It’s less expensive and more often than not, totally reliable. Using public transportation will also show you different parts of the campus and the city which will help a lot as you advance.