Now, we are all, most of us, well into college. But wouldn't you agree that we have all committed stupid mistakes through our freshman years. Worse still, we could have easily avoided them – we knew we were on the wrong (may be, you just didn't know).
I think it would be a great idea to share our nightmare experiences. If there are any college-bound teens hanging around in here it would be some help to them.
Hmm, to start it all off, here is a brief list of my blunders:
1. Not studying regularly: I was a straight A student at school but upon entering college, I got so addicted to the Internet and hanging out that eventually I ended doing all-nighters before exams. It was really awful. My grades were affected and I can see how it could all have been avoided if I had exercised some more will power.
2. Not befriending seniors: I am a dab hand at making friends. I made so many out there. I really felt proud and did not think that it was any need befriending any senior as I had loads of friends in my class. I did not realize that these friends were not good enough to guide me through the college rules and not just experienced enough to acquaint me of the tricks and tactics that work at this college.
3. I wasn't much of a speaker at class. This was probably because I wasn't doing my self-study at home but it did affect my rapport with the teachers who had earlier, during the admission procedure, been impressed with my school performance.
As some others have said, the main thing is just to work consistently and not let things get on top of you. Use most of your free periods for homework and do some in the evenings as well. Make sure you understand everything and get help with anything you don't. If you have to miss a lesson for whatever reason, make sure you catch up with the work you missed by speaking to a friend in the class or your teacher. And get the best grades possible in coursework to take the pressure off a bit for exams.