Freshman advice

By Jillian Milam
September 9, 2005

Jessica Webb

Without a doubt, starting college is a turning point in our lives. It is an overwhelming experience to say the least and marks the beginning of some of the best years we will treasure forever.

New faces, new classes, new schedules. It’s a lot to get used to for freshmen, and sometimes the “newness” of it all can hit you like a brick. But remember, you’re not in this alone. All 500 and something of you are in this together. Don’t be afraid to be outgoing and make friends. After all, these are the faces you will be seeing for the next few years of your life.

It’s not uncommon to hear graduates say, “I wish I were more involved when I was in college.” This holds a lot of truth because the more you put into the college expe-rience, the more you will get out of it. Whether it’s getting a job on campus, joining clubs or teams, being involved helps you meet people and gives you valuable experience you can’t get anywhere else.

Out of the whole transition from high school to college, sometimes the most traumatic part can be Move-in Day. The chaos, the unpacking, the hanging, the plugging in…it can get messy. One item that you will hear many upper classmen claim as a college necessity is the fan. Not only will it help you and your family cool down while moving in on that warm, hectic day, but it will come in handy when you and your roommates are sweltering in your stuffy room weeks later.

And what about the daunting thought of living with somebody you barely know in a room barely big enough for all your stuff? Although there might be some bumps in the road with the whole new “roommate” ordeal, take a deep breath and a sigh of relief because it all works out. Living in quarters like this with peers and parties, and lots of study nights of course, will end up being the most fun and interesting chapter in your book.

As the largest incoming class, you guys will make unforgettable friends, memories, and will leave with a better sense of who you are, degrees that will potentially get you careers and onto the path that will get you where you want to be. These four years will fly by, no matter how slow the semesters seem to go. Work hard, have fun, and like Ferris Bueller once said, “If you don’t stop to take a look around once in a while, you might miss it.”

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