How Not to Look like a Freshman: Advice from College Seniors

You may have been the big fish in a little pond in high school, but now you’re a college freshman trying hard to go with the flow without sinking. Here are some tips from college seniors to help you swim through freshman year without looking like a clown fish.

How Not to Look like a Freshman: Advice from College Seniors

1) Don’t wear a name tag. Ever. Or a lanyard with your college ID. College orientation moderators love to hand these out because they think it encourages school spirit, but all it encourages is freshman abuse.

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2) On the other hand, don’t go anywhere without your college ID or keys, either. Nothing’s more embarrassing for a freshman than to be locked out of his dorm room because he left his keys in his dirty laundry basket.

3) Lose the college backpack. You may have a lot of books to purchase for this semester, but chances are you won’t need to carry them all to school every day. So unless you plan on “literally” living on campus, stick to a medium-sized pack that is just big enough to hold a notebook binder and a few books. Anything larger than that is bad for your back, and your freshman image.

4) Don’t even think about bringing a lunchbox. It may be the economical, greener way to do lunch, but you’ll be eating alone, or with other freshies who haven’t been informed.

5) Ladies, ease off of the makeup. Less really is more. Accentuate your natural beauty to keep that fresh appearance, but don’t use garish colors that scream, “I’m available and I want attention NOW.”

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6) Practice walking to class when you have time to spare. Nothing says “freshman” like pulling out a campus map or asking for directions from upperclassmen.

7) Dress accordingly. You don’t need designer clothes or sexy attire to fit in with your fellow classmates. Save the party wear for just that- frat parties! Instead, dress in comfortable casual clothing, including some college sweatshirts, caps, and tee shirts.

8) Don’t shop at the college bookstore. That’s the surest way to prove that you are really not with it, and haven’t heard that the best way to save money on college textbooks is to buy them used, or rent from a textbook rental service.

Fortunately, Book Bargain is the best place to compare book prices for all your college materials, for purchase and for renting. You can also sell back any books you don’t need, and get the most money back!

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