I just finished my freshman year--it was a disaster, but entirely my fault. I treated it like high school, and I didn't have the best work ethic in high school either. I never did the readings, I studied the night before/day of, started papers three days before they were due, only wrote one draft of said papers. I earned solid C's and a few B's I'm definitely looking forward to basically doing the opposite of what I did last year, even though my first classes are a month from tomorrow (the 8th.)
The biggest thing for me is I think it shocked me how much initiative you really need to take. You may only have two papers and a final that are marked, but that doesn't mean that's the only work you need to do other than show up for class. Even if the profs don't mention you have such-and-such readings, if it's on the course syllabus you should probably read it--I didn't because it wasn't getting marked and suffered big time. I'd show up for exams and there'd be gaping holes in my knowledge.
21Twilight21 are you commuting or living on campus? I did residence for about two months and couldn't stand it, so I moved back home (luckily I live in the same city as my school, so it was possible.) I did much better first semester than I did second semester because of the basic fact I can't focus on work at home. Maybe its because I haven't put serious effort into homework since fifth grade, or my family doesn't understand how much of a priority that paper that I'm writing is. I just don't really like working at home, so work doesn't get at home. I'm planning on spending a few hours on campus after classes to knock back the work load/readings.