A Few Tips on How to Survive Freshman Year

By Brandon Brown | April 3, 2014 | Leave a Comment

A Few Tips on How to Survive Freshman Year

Me freshman year

This coming up August, all of you college-bound teenagers will be helping your parents load up the family car with suitcase on top of suitcase filled with your valuables, clothes, memories captured in pictures, food, and the rest of the stuff you said you couldn’t live without. This day has been known to make moms shed a few tears. If surveyed, this day could possibly get into the Guinness Book of World Records for the most bear hugs given in one day. If you didn’t pick up on what day this is, I will go ahead and tell you. It’s Freshman Move-In Day. On this day, teenagers are going to be traveling all across the nation to reach the college that they fell in love with.

The first thing you should do once you get settled into your room is make friends! Depending on whether you are living in a suite style or hall style dorm, you can still end up making 10 – 30 new friends the first few days of being on campus just by getting to know the people on your floor. If you don’t get out and meet people, then you really will miss a great opportunity. 

Also, don’t procrastinate in college because once you get behind, your chances of catching up will be highly unlikely. Be proactive. Don’t start studying and doing your homework after receiving a bad grade on an assignment. Go ahead and make plans to study daily for all of your subjects, even if you don’t have a test scheduled for a while in that class.

Another way to survive college is to take advantage of all the resources that the college offers you. At Campbell, we have a Writing Center, Tutoring Center, resume services, and counseling services, as well. These types of programs are here to benefit all students, so you need to check them out!

Another tip for surviving your freshman year is to just be yourself and respect everybody because being respectful alone will open different opportunities for you around campus and will cause people to think highly of you, as well.

Lastly, but most importantly, remember you are here to get a degree that will then allow you to have a great career. Don’t stray from this goal. Some people come to college and waste their lives away by doing things they shouldn’t, and they all end up the same way, which is usually flunking out of college before they even get to their sophomore year. Make sure you are the person who accomplishes the goal of receiving that college diploma!

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Meet Brandon Brown

Brandon Brown


Healthcare Management




Brown Summit, NC

My Story

I am a junior healthcare management major, and I will also be applying to the 3/2 business program this coming May. The 3/2 program is designed so that a person can receive a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree in the period of one year rather than the usual two years. This is completed by the student taking master level courses, along with undergraduate courses, during senior year. The student will then attend an additional year to take the rest of the required courses. If accepted to the program, I will graduate from Campbell with my bachelor’s degree in healthcare management and my MBA, all within five years.

I grew up in Brown Summit, North Carolina, which is one of those towns you probably have never heard of before. It’s about 15 minutes away from the big city of Greensboro. I love my family very much, and I have great friends who I know would be there for me whenever I need them. I am an only child, and the rest of my extended family lives within 30 minutes from our house. Every time I go home on the weekends, I make the rounds to see all of my kinfolk.

I love helping people who may not be able to help themselves. I found this out during my six years of being a lifeguard at the pool nearby my house. The fall of my freshman year at Campbell, I decided to join the Buies Creek Fire Department, as well as the fire department where I live back home. Through these experiences, I discovered that I had a strong passion for helping people whenever an emergency arises.

Another way I help people is through Residence Life at Campbell, where I am currently in my second year of being a Resident Advisor. My other on-campus job is working as a Student Ambassador in the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. Through Campbell, I have made many great friendships that will carry on way after I graduate. I have also been blessed by meeting my amazing girlfriend here.

Campbell is a wonderful place where everybody knows your name and where a friendly smile and kind wave from a peer you may not even know isn’t an uncommon occurrence.

Disclaimer: The views and opinions of the blogger on this page are their own. They do not necessarily represent the views of the Campbell University Undergraduate Admissions Office.

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