The Washington Post

Share your tips for surviving freshman year

But freshman year can be a stressful time filled with all sorts of drama: roommate conflicts, experimenting with drugs and alcohol, homesickness, adjusting to college-level coursework, eating disorders, sex, dating and a host of emotions.

For this weekend’s magazine, I wrote an article all about the challenges of freshman year. I also compiled a handful of tips for surviving it all.

What advice do you have for incoming freshmen?

Incoming freshmen sit in Thurston Hall, a dormitory at George Washington University, during George Washington University's orientation program before fall classes. (EVELYN HOCKSTEIN FOR THE WASHINGTON POST)

Share your thoughts below in the comments section and use the “recommend” button to spotlight advice from others that you support. You can also pass along your tips on Twitter using the hashtag, #college101.

I will feature some of the best tips during a live chat about freshman year of college Friday at noon. For an hour, I will answer questions about all things college, along with the George Washington University dean of students and two freshman orientation leaders.

(Click to continue reading for a live stream of #College101 tweets.)

Jenna Johnson is a political reporter who is covering the 2016 presidential campaign.

The Freddie Gray case

Please provide a valid email address.

You’re all set!

Campaign 2016 Email Updates

Please provide a valid email address.

You’re all set!

Get Zika news by email

Please provide a valid email address.

You’re all set!
Show Comments
Most Read


Success! Check your inbox for details.

See all newsletters

Close video player
Now Playing