Taylor Swaak is a journalism major at the University of Maryland and an assistant news editor at The Diamondback. She interned this summer at CNN. The opinions expressed in this commentary are hers.
(CNN)As I enter my junior year at the University of Maryland, I'm armed with the experience and confidence that were sorely lacking when I left home to start my college career. After learning valuable lessons about everything from friendship to food in the past few years, I feel qualified to give a little advice. To all of the incoming freshmen who want their college experience to be the best it can be, here's what I wish I had known before heading off for the first time: