"Last night there were still people roaming the halls at like 3 am. So that's not something I'm really used to. I'm usually in bed by then," said NWMSU Freshman Nathaniel Vanboening.
"I'm used to having a room by myself, no noise except for a fan blowing on my face. And here I have a roommate and random noises all around me and no fan. So it's really hard but that's the biggest change for me," said NWMSU Freshman Kaley Pryer.
And they're also taking a step that can only be taken by them.
"I think the hardest part was after your parents left and you're like, I'm by myself. I gotta do my own laundry, do all that by myself," said Vanboening.
Freshman Kaley Pryer took a year off from school before starting college and feels that it was for the better.
"That way I'm more motivated and that way I'm not gonna get burned out in school very fast and so I think that'd be a lot easier for me. Personally at least," said Pryer.
Either way, it's time for freshmen to learn how to balance school work and down time.
"I think it'll be hard the first week. You get everything down, you get into your classes. I think the first week will be a little bit different and that's when I'll have to manage my time, find out what time I can do what, and when I'll have down time, when I can just chill," said Vanboening.
And the freshmen know that they only get one shot to the start of their college career.
"In order to do it right you have to remember, what I do now is gonna affect me in four years from now. I need to do good, I need to meet new people, I need to be very social," said Pryer.
Classes at Northwest officially begin Monday morning.