The transition from high school to college can be tough, but avoiding some common freshman myths can help make it easier.

FOX's Lisa Brady reports: 

Not everyone gains that Freshman 15 in college, but it's a common mistake to think it can't happen to you:

(Burk) "I think students often feel great liberation: Wow, I'm out on my own, nobody telling me what to do."

Jean Burk, CEO of College Prep Genius, says things like eating late at night while you're studying can turn into bad habits if left unchecked:

(Burk) "Be realistic. Every action has some sort of consequence either good or bad."

Another freshman myth: You can stay up all night and still rock that eight-am course or that partying won't affect your academics, bearing in mind most freshmen are too young to legally drink.

She says if the goal is to get your degree, use common sense, including among newfound friends. Never assume your safe.

Burk also says to remember the first year is new to everyone and that college is a fresh start:

(Burk) "You don't have to be the same person you were in high school."

Now's the time to grow, and change if you want, but don't compare yourself to anyone else; there's only one you.

With FOX on Family, I'm Lisa Brady.

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