①One image comes to mind when college students describe their days: pinball. ②Students bounce back and forth to class, dining hall, dorm, meetings, library, sports, etc. all day long. ③They may get up early and stay up late to get it all done. ④It takes some getting used to, but busy as they are, most college students come to appreciate the freedom they have to manage their own time.
①One image comes to mind when college students describe their days: pinball.
所以，文中busy as they are可以理解为：as they are busy 尽管他们很忙。
the freedom (they have) to manage their own time中，they have是freedom的定语从句，写成普通句子的形式是：
They have the freedom to manage their own time.
Getting Over the First Semester Blues
It typically takes a semester or quarter to hit your stride. Looking back on those early days you may very well shake your head and wonder what all the fuss was about. You might even feel a little nostalgic! A few students, however, may feel overwhelmed and homesick for a while. They may miss their parents, friends, even the family dog. They may find that going to college is not quite what they expected.
We were overwhelmed by the number of applications.
所以，大学生活英语作文中A few students, however, may feel overwhelmed可以理解为：然而，一些学生可能会感到压力山大。
One of the big benefits of college is meeting new kinds of people, so going outside your comfort zone might surprise you. If you are a gamester whiz, maybe a rock climbing class will open up a whole world for you.
The important thing is to take that first step. Don't hole up in your room. Cut back on solitary amusements, such as computer games. Introduce yourself. Invite new friends out. Even something as simple as wearing a friendly face can get the ball rolling.
a gamester whiz中，"-ster"是表示“一类人”的名词后缀，比如：gangster 犯罪团伙成员，youngster年轻人，所以，文中gamester是“游戏玩家、运动员”的意思。
open up a whole world for sb的意思是“为某人开启了一个新世界”，写作中遇到跟挑战、机遇、创新有关的，都可以用这个表达。
hole up in your room就是我们常说的“宅”。Hole up本来指动物“蛰居在洞中”，比如“冬眠”我们就可以说：hole up in winter 在冬天里蛰居。文中用来表示大学生的“宅”，形象生动。
此外，我们也可以用"lead a battery hen existence"来表示“宅”，这个表达曾出现在《卫报》中，讲的是当代青少年喜欢宅在家里打游戏，原话是这么说的：
In this age of screens and social media, children are spending less time playing outside and more online, with many leading a "battery hen existence".
lead/live a ... life/existence表示“过着...样的生活”；battery最常见的意思是“电池”，此外还有“鸡舍”的意思，所以，lead a "battery hen existence"就是“过着鸡舍母鸡般的生活”，也就是“宅在家里”的意思。
Cut back on solitary amusements中，cut back表示reduce的方向，后面加介词on再加名词，比如，cut back on defence spending 削减国防开支。
solitary是alone的意思，表示“单独的，独自的”，比如solitary walks by the river独自沿着河岸散步，live a solitary life 过着独居生活，文中"solitary amusements"可以理解为“自娱自乐”。
所以，Cut back on solitary amusements是说，减少自娱自乐的时间，不要总是自娱自乐，和上文的"Don't hole up in your room"相照应。
最后一个语言点：get the ball rolling，让球滚起来，也就是"start sth"的意思，结合文中语境，可以处理成“开启一段友谊”。
Managing Your Time at College
Students report another source of freshman anxiety: the amount of unstructured time. This is one of the major differences between high school and college. In high school you may have felt that you were constantly scheduled, with very few breaks. In college your classes may be spaced out during the day, with free time between each class. Or they may be bunched up into a few days, mornings, or afternoons—leaving large periods of "leisure" time.
Sound good? The challenge is managing your "free" time. There can be many demands on this time: studying, attending clubs, eating, working, and exercising, just to name a few. It is up to you to work it out.
Here's a bit of advice many experienced college students offer: Don't procrastinate. There is nothing worse than approaching the end of a semester and realizing you have an impossible mountain of work to do. By all means, have a good time—but keep in mind why you are in college in the first place.
第一段中，unstructured time表示“没有规划好的时间”，和下文的leisure time, free time是同义替换。
space out是space的一个新用法，意思是to arrange things with a wide space between them“使间隔开”。《卫报》中曾有篇文章认为暑假太长，应该把暑假分成几个小假期，分散在一学年里，这样学生既不会忘掉知识，也不至于学习太累，而且家长的负担也小。文中是这么说的：
This would give teachers and children a similar amount of holiday, just spaced more evenly over the year.
space out和下文的bunch up是一对反义表达，bunch常作名词，表示“一束”，比如a bunch of flowers；此处作动词，表示“集中、聚拢”（“聚拢”在一起才叫“一束花”），常见搭配为bunch up / together，文中指课程集中在几天、或几个上午、下午，和space out所描述的情形正好相反。
第二段中，just to name a few常用于举例子中，表示“等等”，可以替换我们常用的and so on. 此外，也可以说to name but a few.
As we know, many people favor the idea that the college life is free and comfortable, but I’d like to say it’s not true. As a matter of fact, my life in university is so busy that I wonder if my energy is enough. As to my college life, I divide it into four parts, including study, student activities, library and the others.
Firstly, I want to talk about the study. In my opinion, study is the priority in college. When I received the letter of admission in summer, I knew clearly that what I should do. So I make up my mind to study hard and pursue learning as much as possible. I’m greatly convinced that knowledge can change my life. Therefore, I often go to the quiet study room where many people study there. By working so hard, I get good grades in the exams.
Secondly, student activities play an important role in our college life. To be honest, the student Union is a good place where one can develop social skills, get his abilities trained. I take part in many student activities. For example, I’ m a volunteer, teaching the kids to learn to dance and write. I think it’s meaningful for everyone to give a hand to others. I can also do some jobs in the Student Union, including receiving and sending fast mail, selling papers and magazines. I think they’re unforgettable and worthwhile experiences for me.
Thirdly, I also visit the library constantly. It’s said that “shelves of books, oceans of knowledge”, so I read books that I’m interested in. In this way, I can share stories with my new friends and it also changes my horizons .When I’m sad, lost or in trouble, staying the library makes me quiet and comfortable. After all, every life has bad moments as well as good ones, and the library for me is a support in bad moments. So it’s wise choice for me to stay in the library.
Finally, I often do other things in my spare time. In order to alleviate parents’ burden, I often do some part-time jobs and write some articles to earn money. It helps me to be independent and improve my social skills.
In short, my life in university is busy but valuable. You can see that study brings me knowledge, student activities improve myself, library changes my horizons, the others things make me independent. They get all my abilities trained. And I see that the chance will come only if you have a prepared mind, so I’m sure that I can achieve my dreams in college life.
It has been two years since I first got to university. Some of my classmates say that the college life is boring, because they have plenty of time but do not know what to do. However, from my point of view, the campus life in college is interesting and colorful as long as you make it meaningful. 距我第一次去上大学已经两年了。
In the first semester in college, I didn't relax and I still worked hard as I was in the senior school. I usually spent two hours in study at night and I went to the classroom forautonomous learning.But the difference is that I have many extracurricular activities. For example, I went to the English Corner regularly on Tuesday night, in which I could practice my spoken English and make friends with common interests.
Besides, I join the Student Union of my department. In the Student Union, I have a group of workmates who work hard together and support to each other. Actually, it looks like a big, warm family that we can share our lives together. During various activities, I realize the importance of team spirit that helps us go further.
此外，我参加了系里的学生会。在学生会里，我有一群同事，我们一起努力工作并且互相支持。在各种各样的活动中我意识到团队精神的重要性，它能帮助我们走得更远。Finally, college is great stage to improve a student and show one's abilities. In college, I know more about our society and get more channels to explore the outside world. I realize that I am not only a student but also an adult who is preparing to step into the society.
In short, I cherish my life in college campus and I will try hard to make it colorful as well as meaningful.
With time goes by, it becomes a bit hard for me to remember everything about myself at the first day of my college life. However, there was one thing for sure that I did feel quite excited and curious about my university. There is no doubt that students like me have struggled for a long time so that can be permitted to enter the university.
Bringing with expectation, I got into Zhejiang Gongshang University. Generally speaking, it's an interesting and fantastic place for us to study and live in. Every day a series of outgoing people get into my eyesight. Curious and out of politeness, I'd talk to them heart to heart. Here I make friends with my new classmates from everywhere around China. What's more, time and weather permitting, I will enjoy jogging or playing basketball with my classmates on the playground, tired but happy. When staying in dormitory, I choose to read news online and sometimes watch a film for relaxing. However, a good student can never leave his study behind. When it comes to study, hard problems never upset me, instead they arouse me. Rather than ignoring it, I'd think carefully for a while and ask my classmates for help.
To be honest, there are some things I don’t deal with properly. For instance, once I spent nearly a whole day playing computer games. Personally, we university students are already adults and it's our obligation to develop ourselves in college by learning new professional skills. Not until we take a right attitude towards our study and life can we win a rich and colorful experience in college.
老实说，有些事我处理得不够妥善。例如，有一次我花了将近一整天的时间来玩电脑游戏。就我个人而言，我们大学生已是成年人了，通过学习新的专业知识来发展自己是我们的义务。直到我们以正确的态度对待我们的学习和生活，我们才能在大学拥有丰富多彩的经历。我的大学生活计划 My Plan for College Life Now, I have already been an senior student and I have confidence that I can pass the college entrance examination and be enrolled by college. Therefore, I already have a plan for my college, which is my dreaming life in college.
First of all, study is still the most important thing in college. I will choose my interest as my major in college, which would make me work harder on study. I like reading so much that the library may be my favourite place. Besides, I would study some elective subjects that I am interested in or are useful for my future. Moreover, I would take part in extracurricular activities. College is a perfect stage to develop practical abilities. There are many associations in college, which help you do something for your interests. Besides, joining the student union is also a good way to develop a student's comprehensive abilities. This is the general plan for my college life and I look forward my college life.