This is the time, right in the beginning, where you learn your limits. For better or for worse.
Freedom- You have no curfew, no one will make you do your homework, and you can eat whatever you’d like. Make smart decisions with your time, education, and body.
Restrictions- Make a code for yourself. Think about what your boundaries and values are. Keep to them. Let others know what they are up front so you don’t find yourself in sticky situations later.
Homework- The whole point of being in college is to earn an education. Own your education. What you put into this adventure is what you’re going to get out of it- time, effort, good grades, networking, a diploma.
Responsibility- Take ownership of each and every one of your actions. Remember to vote and pay your bills on time. That doesn’t mean you can’t have fun. Take this opportunity to learn time management in real time.
Expectations- Make goals for yourself. Make sure they are obtainable and measurable. Write them down at the beginning of each semester- what you’ll improve personally vs academically. Then review them after finals are over.