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Avoiding the pitfalls of freshman year

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They say the college years are the best years of a person's life, but if a freshman isn't careful, that first year can quickly go from one of the best to one of the worst.

We went to freshman move in day at Augustana College Sunday morning to find out how freshman can avoid some of those common missteps.

Cars full of anxious freshman and parents line up as Augie's upperclassmen welcome them to the dorms and for the newbies, it's a lot to take in.  Freshman Emma Konold says, " meeting my roommate and moving in and saying good-bye."

This day can be a mix of emotions for the freshmen.  Freshman Melissa Soe says, "I'm nervous, excited, a lot of stuff to keep track of."

And as they file in, the resident advisors are there to provide some comfort and some advice.  RA Carl Hjelman says, "I kind of explain everybody seems to be going through the same situation as them, so they're not alone."

Despite the nerves, there's a lot to look forward to.  Freshman Elizabeth Donelan says, "meeting new people and being able to try new things."

But the RA's say it's easy for students to fall into traps the first year, like partying and peer pressure.  So they offer other options.  RA Molly Gosmeire says, "there's always activities to be doing on campus, to know that if you feel the pressure to do something you know you shouldn't be doing, there's always kids doing something else."

The RA's say, it's important to be social safely and make sure to study.  Their number one piece of advice?  Buy a calendar and manage your time wisely, or your grades could suffer.  Carl says, "there's time for friends, time for socializing, time for studying, I mean, if you really organize it well, you can get everything done and include sleep."

Wise words the parents like Meri Jo Soe agree with.  She says, "study, but have fun too, kinda get a good balance going."

And the freshman say they'll do their best to follow.  Elizabeth Donelan says, "everyone knows that there's things to do that are more fun than studying, but I'll try to stick to it."

Because move in day is just the start of a bright future ahead. 

431 freshman are starting at Augie this year.  The school will hold its convocation to open the new year on Wednesday.

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