As a student you have to know some basic information about government student loans, beer, how to throw a good party and how to cram for an exam – all are vital for making your student years the best years of your life. That’s what they say, isn’t it? That the college years are the best years of your life and you should make the best of them. Are you really prepared for college life and what it has to offer, or are you living in a bubble created by movies and popular culture? We compiled this fun list to help you out and offer some basic college guidelines, so read on and find out what the 10 things every college student should know.

10. Don’t Forget to Call Your Mother


You’ve left home and are pretty happy about that. You’re in a new environment, meeting lots of new people and having fun and you can easily forget to call your parents and let them know you’re OK. Don’t do that, your mother is probably worried and one phone call every other day won’t kill you, will it?

9. The Freshman 15 is Not a Myth


It’s a fact, freshmen gain weight due to the change of environment, alcohol intake and a fast food diet. We’re not saying to give everything up and live like a monk, but be careful about food and don’t let those pounds pile up, you’ll regret it later. We suggest doing some sports to keep in shape.

8. Learn Proper Party Etiquette


You’re a freshman invited to a party and you don’t know many people out there – grab a drink and start mingling. The most common mistake freshmen make is drinking too much – pace yourself, there’s plenty of time for that, but for now take it easy. You don’t want to be labeled as the freshmen who threw up onthe wall – that kind of thing will stick to you.

7. Coffee is a Man’s Best Friend


When exams come you’ll need to pull some all-nighters, there isn’t a student in the world who hasn’t done that and coffee will help you do it, just don’t overdo it or the jitters will become so strong that you won’t be able to focus. Energy drinks are quite dangerous, studies have shown, so stick to the classic coffee!

6. Government Student Loans


A student loan is meant to help students out – pay for tuition, books, and other expenses. The good thing about them is that the interest rate is much lower than is with normal bank loans and can be paid once the student earns enough money in their future jobs. There are two kinds of student loans in the USA: government student loans and private loans. The majority of students are on a government student loans – learn more about them so that you won’t be taken by surprise when the time comes to pay them.

5. Always Keep a Camera Close


We think keeping a camera close to you at all times is very important. Why? To embarrass your friends on Facebook and Youtube, of course. And also to capture the wonderful moments you will experience as a college student… but mainly to embarrass your friends.

4. Challenge Your Teacher at Your Own Risk


You’ll have good teachers and bad teachers, that’s for sure. Teachers you like and ones you won’t. Be careful when wanting to challenge your teacher, some don’t take it too well and you could suffer because of that. But do speak up!

3. Beer Kegs are Also a Man’s Best Friend (but higher up on the list)


Beer and college go together like peanut butter and jelly. You may laugh, but there’s an art to drinking beer, you can’t just jug it all in the first 10 minutes at a party, because you’ll spend the entire night drunk in a corner missing out on all the fun. Pace yourself until you build up your stamina.

2. Think Ahead About Getting a Job


College should prepare you for the future, it should prepare you for getting a job, but it rarely does. Learn about what type of job you will want to do and don’t get lost along the way – because that can happen quite easily. Once you’ve finished college you should already have your eye on ball.

1. There’s a Time to Party and a Time to Study


Yes, there’s a time to party and a time to study, don’t mix these two up, because you could get in trouble. Learn to balance them out and everything will be OK. Don’t forget, you’re there to study and have fun!