When I first started my freshman year at USA. I managed to settle in to my free time several different ways.
First, I took advantage of my free time by napping. In high school we had a full day with class after class then lunch then more class. After lunch time in high school, sleep haunted me. All I wanted to do was sleep. Well in college, depending on how you schedule your classes(yes you are in control of that) you may have some time in between your classes. Or if you are like me and want to schedule your classes back to back you can be done with class by 12:00 and have the rest of the day ahead of you. Either way, once I had my free time, you can almost bet the first thing I would do would nap. I am a power-nap type of person, so a 30 minute-1 hour nap would definitely rejuvenate me.
After I took advantage of napping the next thing I would do would eat. Living on campus was great because the Dining Hall was right next to the residence halls. That way no matter what time of day between 7:00 a.m-9:00 p.m I can go enjoy a buffet style meal at the caf as we called it. Because the dining hall presented our meals buffet style, you can imagine a trip there would definitely take up some time.
I know you are all wondering why I didn't say I use my free time to study. Well because I don't. I am a night owl when it comes to studying or doing school work. I have a standard where I will not come home after a full day of school and do school work. I have had this standard since high school. Instead for my school work to be effectively get done I have to do it in the late hours of the night whether its midnight, 2:00 a.m., etc. It really depends on how much I have to get done. I do not know why I do this, it is simply just what works for me. Keep in mind what works for me may not work for you.
As I mentioned earlier, free time is something you can expect at the BEGINNING of your college career and I guess throughout as well if you manage your time wisely. However, I am now a Junior at USA and my free time that I had before set aside for napping and eating now consists of a working 20 hours a week, volunteer service, participation in clubs and organizations, etc. Even though my free time is limited, I wouldn't change it one bit.
How will you settle in to your free time once you get to college?