patriceBy: Patrice Morris

Myth 1: College is so much harder than high school.

Truth: College is going to take a lot of work. But there is a reason you got into college and it’s because you can do it! There are a ton of resources here at Edgewood that really help all of our students adapt to the college lifestyle of studying. We have peer tutors, a writing center, and a math lab that are all available to students in order for them to succeed here. You just need to keep in mind that you are here to learn and get a degree. You will do just fine as long as you are putting in the effort that is necessary.

Myth 2: The freshman 15

Truth: When you are at school it can be really easy to get caught up in all the food that you have around you. At Edgewood we have $1300 meal plans for each semester. In order to not gain this weight you need to watch what you eat and watch how much you eat of it. It’s okay to splurge and get fries every now and then, but when you are getting them for lunch or dinner every day you will gain the extra weight. Now that you don’t have meals put on the table every night it is up to you to make the smart decision on healthy eating. If you do this, you won’t gain the dreaded freshmen 15.

Myth 3: Your roommate will be either your best friend or enemy.

Truth: In the beginning of the semester it is really nice to have a roommate. It gives you a chance to meet someone on campus, have someone to have lunch with, and gives you that comfort you may need when you first get here. After a while you may find out that this person isn’t going to be your best friend on campus, but this doesn’t mean that you are going to hate each other either. You may not have a similar group of friends or just see each other before you go to sleep and wake up in the morning. Don’t worry, go in with an open mind and it will be fine, roommates do not build your life at school.

Myth 4: With classes and new friends, I won’t be able to handle extra-curriculars.

Truth: Get involved!! If there was one tip I would give to first year students it would be to join some organizations. The truth is your first year here is going to be the year that you have the most time and in a lot of cases the lightest homework load. This is a great time for you to find what clubs or sports you like and what you don’t like.  So as you go through school you can have an extra-curricular or two that you really enjoy going to. Not to mention this is a great way to meet new people, otherwise you are stuck to the people you see in class and in your dorms.