As my freshman year of college comes to a close there are many things that I have learned and experienced that I will never forget. Coming from such a small town in Washington State, New York City was a culture shock, but in the best way possible.
Moving out and “starting your life” is one of the most freeing and scary things you can do. The great thing about LIM College though is that network of people you have around you to support you the whole time. From the moment you step foot into either the residence hall or one of our locations you are surrounded by faculty, staff, counselors and peers that care about you and your success in school. Not only do they want you to succeed, but they also want you to get involved with the school and its activities, and there are plenty of them.
If I could give any advice for your first year in college it would be to manage your time wisely, get involved, explore the city you’re living in and, most importantly, to make friends. You don’t know how important those things are until you realize you haven’t done them or have missed things along the way. Of course those things are attainable in your other years of college, but freshman year is really a time to get to know your surroundings and explore college life.
Another piece of advice I would offer is to manage your money well. Living in New York City is very expensive, and I know that some of us have to use our own money for food and miscellaneous expenses, so finding the right places to shop and budgeting are extremely important. Freshman year can be a lot of fun, but it can also become very hectic if you don’t stay on top of your homework. I enjoyed every part of my freshman year and I can’t wait for the rest of college.