advice to first year students in 1912

The term ‘freshman’, as in a first year student at an educational institution, is not a term in common use in Australia.  Nevertheless, this advice to new students provides some amusement.

In The College Freshman’s Don’t Book, George Fullerton Evans imparts 1912 wisdom to newbies to university.  Note the brevity of the sub-title.  Note also, should you dip into the book via Project Gutenberg, that the notion of a female freshman seems foreign to the author.

Title page - College Freshman

Some excerpts are included here for your edification.

Don’t wear long hair. Hair, if left to grow as it listeth, may attain to a surprising length within a single season. The Freshman year is not the time to test the accuracy of this statement. Wait till you are a Sophomore; then you won’t care to. Remember that long hair is the Poet’s privilege (though not always proof of a Poet). To wear long hair, you had better take out a Poet’s license. In this respect a dog-license will do if you fail to qualify as Poet.

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Don’t keep telling how they do things in that part of the country which you come from. The assumption is, that since you came to College, you are willing to learn something of how they do things here.


Don’t forget to attend a large per cent of your lectures. The information dispensed in lectures is often to be found invaluable in passing the Examinations.

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