Starting out as a business major, classes were tough and I did not really know about the different tutoring options available to me, so therefore I did not get all the help I needed in order to succeed. I was focusing more on social activities rather than academics, unaware of how such would effect my grades.
In addition, by living on campus, I gained a greater sense of independence as this was my first time living on my own away from my family. Nobody was forcing me to get up in the morning, go to class or reaching out to me if my grades began to drop. I was forced to figure things out on my own as well as enforce discipline on myself, which definitely allowed for me to grow as a person. Throughout my second semester of my freshman year, I definitely learned from my mistakes and got the help I needed as I took advantage of opportunities provided for me.
Overall, freshman year was way more than just having fun and making mistakes, but it proved to be a great learning experience for me in general. I not only learned to manage my time efficiently (between school related work and my social life), but I also developed a greater sense of independence, allowing myself to further develop as well as mature a great deal.