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5 Things I learned My Freshman Year

Freshman year can be exciting and scary. Reflecting back, my freshman year was exciting, but there was also a brief moment of time when it was scary. With that being said, I wouldn’t change a single thing about my freshman year.


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Above: Class of 2021 Convocation

Here are 5 most important things I learned:

  • Confronting your personal issues is scary. Please don’t try to handle it on your own. Utilize the resources that Harvard has, and I promise you that you will solve the problems quicker and save so much time.


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Above: My desk right after I moved into my freshman dorm

  • It’s okay to say no.
  • There are so many amazing people here, and it is okay to admire them and get inspired by them. However, don’t lose yourself in the crowd. Be firm in who you are. Contribute to that community of amazing people.



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  • If you have work to do, just do it. Don’t wait for when you get motivated to start doing your work.


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  • The phrase “you get out what you put in” is very true. You can be at the most amazing college, but if you don’t put in the work for your education, you are not going to get anything in return. 


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I am grateful that I have learned these lessons early on in college since they have made me become a better person and student. These lessons will stick with me for the next 3 years and beyond.


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Hello there! My name is Borey, and I am a rising sophomore living in Eliot House. I was born and raised in Cambodia for the first thirteen years of my life, and I moved to Iowa City five years ago.... View full profile

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