Welcome, Cal Freshmen! Some timeless advice

July 7, 2014

Our friend Tiff is a Cal sophomore, and she has these tips for you after having navigated her first year on campus.

  1. Attend student clubs. You may or may not ever return again, but it’s a way to meet people and to feel more connected to others.
  2. Exercise.
  3. Introduce yourself to strangers— they may be the most socially awkward people you will ever meet or they may turn out to be your best friends.
  4. Do not compare your new life to your high school life, nor to the college experiences of your friends. Reflect and evaluate your own experiences through your own lens and intuition.
  5. Take advantage of your surroundings. Explore your neighborhood. Don’t be afraid to take public transportation to visit a neighboring city.
  6. Be assertive with your roommates.
  7. Be comfortable having alone time.