The most important lessons I learned at college weren't the ones my professors taught me. Instead, I learned unpleasant truths about things like money, socializing, and self-sufficiency – usually the hard way. If I could go back and give advice to my freshman self, this is what I'd say.
Next: Apply for scholarships and grants.
Next: Be aware of all financial aid requirements and deadlines.
Next: Take the opportunity for a semester abroad.
Next: Get involved with student organizations.
Next: Pursue internships.
Next: Resolve problems with roommates now, not later.
Next: Get a job, especially during summer vacation.
Next: Beware of credit cards.
Next: Every class counts.
Next: Moderation is the key.
Next: Understand your rights as a tenant.