Go to All Orientations. The faster you learn your way around campus, the more at ease you'll feel and the better prepared you'll be when issues arise.
Get Organized. Use your student planner to help you stay organized and plan ahead for tests. Set time aside for studying, sleep, and for extra curricular activities.
Don't Procrastinate; Pace Yourself. Give yourself deadlines -- and stick to them. Remember to take a break every once in a while so you don't get frustrated and get burned out.
Get Connected. Make connections with students in your classes. Not only will you make new friends, but you know who you can tell if you had to miss a class. Know how to get ahold of your professors and your advisor; they are there to help you.
Find the Career Center. Regardless of whether you are undeclared or have your entire future mapped out, they will help you get started on planning, preparing, and acting on your future.
Stay Healthy: Eat Right. Get enough sleep, take your vitamins, exercise, and eat right. Without mom or dad there to serve you a balanced meal, you may be tempted to go for those extra fries or cookies. Try to keep your junk food and fast food to a minimum.
Watch Your Money. If you've never had to create a budget, now is the time to do so. Don't buy into all those credit card scams. It's very easy to get behind FAST with a credit card; only spend what you have and try to save.
Study, Study, Study. Find the ideal place for you to study. It may be your dorm room or a cozy corner of the library, but find a place that works best for you to get your work done -- while avoiding as many distractions as possible.
Be Prepared to Feel Overwhelmed. You will be taking on a lot of responsibility your first year of college. Just remember to breathe and to know that you are not the only one feeling this way.