August 17 2016

Dear Freshman: Advice From a Recent Grad

Dear College Freshman,

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If you didn’t just move in or aren’t in the process right now, then move in day is just a few weeks away. Now that you have graduated high school, it’s time to see what this next big milestone in your life is all about. This time in your life is so exciting. I know its hard but don’t stress it. Get ready for all the friendships, school work, activities and to take on this challenge on your own. I remember that feeling like it was yesterday.

As a recent college grad I have a few things to share for you incoming freshmen that I learned:

Enjoy your randomly assigned roommate
If you made the choice to live with someone new and not someone you already know, congrats! I think it is always better. Living with someone you hardly know can be hard, but this is your time to branch out and step out of your comfort zone. That’s what you’re supposed to do. Everyone else is adjusting, just like you are.

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Get involved
College has so many different options to offer when it comes to extracurricular activities, whether it is a sorority or some type of club. Getting involved is another way to branch out, make new friends and make the most of your college experience.

Take advantage of the writing center and career center
This is a huge part of college.  Getting extra help from the writing center or just going to get your work reviewed before an assignment will definitely benefit you in the long run. The career center is also a beneficial place to visit often.  They can help you with resume, LinkedIn, internships, jobs and so much more. Definitely make sure you check them out. They are there for you.

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Regulate partying
 I know this can sound contradictory, but while you’re a freshman, definitely partake in all the opportunities you have to go out because truthfully, you’ll only have this time of limited obligations once. However, you do have a responsibility as a student, or possibly for a part-time job. Therefore, as annoying as it sounds, be responsible! Make sure you make decisions based on what classes you have the next day or if you have tests that you have to be up early for.

Professors and classmates
Don’t be afraid to go to your profs for help. It is good for your profs to get to know you, and see that you care.  Also make sure you become friends with your classmates. Not only can you help each other or work together on group projects, but particularly after freshman year, the people in your classes usually have the same major as you, and those connections become invaluable.

You will get over the food
It’s easy to get into a rut and eat the exact same thing at dining services every day. Be brave and try new things, particularly if you are in a college town that has a local specialty. You can also check out some of our favorite snacks and mini fridge items just for your dorm!

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Stay healthy
 Staying physically and mentally healthy while you’re in college is very important. Most colleges offer a free gym that you can use.  If not, take a walk, ride a bike, or just make sure your getting some fresh air as often as you can.

Don’t forget
Your friends and family are waiting for that phone call. They miss you. Don’t forget about them because they haven’t forgotten about you. It’s okay to shoot them a text every so often, but don’t forget to call once in a while, too.

Last and best piece of advice
The biggest piece of advice is to take it slow and enjoy every minute.  Your four years go by in the blink of an eye. One day you’re moving in your college dorm, and the next you’re getting ready to walk at graduation. You might not think it now, but the time will fly by, so make the best of it and enjoy it while you can.

Have a fantastic year.


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