1. Go to at least ONE school event (be it a game, open mic night..whatever).
After four years, if you still don't know the school motto or even what the school mascot looks like, you might raise a few eyebrows. Check out your campus events! Even if it's just for bragging rights.
2. The freshman 15 CAN be avoided.
It takes work. It takes discipline. It takes self-control the size of the Titanic. But if you tell yourself that you don't need Taco Bell everyday, you can actually avoid packing on the pounds. Make yourself a sandwich. Invest in some M&M trail mix. Carry water with you EVERYWHERE. Believe me, your future self will be glad you did.
3. Go to class.
Seriously. Just go. While you might be a little drunk on the freedom of not being forced to go to class every day by your parents, teachers and school administrators, being absent from class is literally the quickest way to make your grade drop WAY down (most professors really believe in the infamous pop quiz). Plus, you paid for it, so you might as well get your money's worth.
4. It is possible to do your homework and still have a social life.
I was told by the big, bad college students before me that college students take one of two paths: the partier with horrible grades or the studious student with absolutely no friends or social life. This could not have have been more wrong. Despite what I'd been told, most professors don't actually drown you in homework (someone would actually have to grade all of that), and having friends doesn't actually require you to give up your academic responsibilities (they're in college too, remember?).
5. Drinking isn't a requirement during ANY social event in college.
6. Know where you are going ahead of time (being late is NOT fun).
7. Know how you are going to pay for college.
College is a great experience that should be had by anyone that wants it. It's a great gateway into the world of adulthood, new relationships and even a broader understanding of the world. But, like all great experiences, it can be tricky to navigate. Hopefully, with a few of these simple rules, it'll be a lot easier for all of you.