One of the first things I do every year just before classes start is buy a planner. All of us forget things and it is never fun to walk blindly into a quiz or have to turn in an assignment late for no other reason than that. Even if you are great at making deadlines and keeping track of your schedule in your head, keeping a day planner will help keep you organize and make you a more efficient and effective student. If you do not have a planner I strongly advise you to grab a free one from the Bookie.
Standard advice on this subject is standard because it is good advice. Whether you are a freshman or not, in order to do well in school you must be committed to listening attentively in class, taking good notes, discussing things you are either unclear about or are merely interested in, and of course, take the time to study, study some more and then study again on top of it all for good measure. If you do these things, you will not have to worry. Trust me, you will perform excellently. Many times, even with great effort, students worry. Don't. You should be confident. If you are honest with yourself and can safely say that you have put in the right amount of effort, then to worry about whether or not you will succeed is simply torture.
Most students know what they need to do to succeed, but it is always easier said than done. Attend class. Read the required texts. Get to know your professors. Make new friends and find a study group for each class. Join a club or get a job. Stay busy. Take at least one enjoyable class per semester. If you continuously fail or hate requisite classes for your major, do not wait too long to reevaluate your plan. Set lots of concrete but realistic goals and plan for the long term.
Though I know its tempting after a long night and an early rise to go back to the dorms and take a nap, treat school like a full time job. Use RDA at one of the dining halls, in between or after classes take a lunch break and when you are done go to the library for a couple of hours. A normal job is 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. If you only have class until mid afternoon work in the library until five. You are in a location dedicated to your education with few distractions, you get all of your work out of the way and you have the rest of the night free. Working in the dorms gets distracting. You are paying too much money to go to school and prepare for a job to just never do your homework.
Get up the first time your alarm goes off. Once you sleep through one class, it is way too easy to convince yourself that you might as well not go to class at all. Get enough sleep, and get to campus early. Having your professor tell you that if you miss another day you will fail the course is not fun.
Freshmen need to find their passion outside of the classroom. Everything else seems to fall into place once students pursue the things that distinguish and enrich their day-to-day life. Another big piece of the puzzle is being able to explain why you are here at WSU. If you can not explain how being here is helping you personally achieve something, it will be hard to be successful.
College is not that difficult to succeed at if freshmen follow a few simple rules. The first is to be smart. You can still have fun; just do not blame the police when you get pulled over for a DUI or the professor when you party the night before an exam. With a calendar on your phone, a planner or even a piece of lined paper you can keep track of when things are due and plan social activity accordingly. With some common sense, you can avoid most police trouble because they are out to keep people safe, not be fun nazis.