The first day of school is nerve-racking.
The first day of college? Even more so.
People spew advice and contradictory clichés at freshmen, only making students more anxious.
So here is some real advice from college students.
“Be yourself and don’t worry about what people think about you. You’re going to meet tons of people, and the ones that like you for you will be your friends the longest.” Erica Gapinski, sophomore.
“1. Sit in any common area you can find and start a conversation with people around you.
2. Write down all of you exam and test dates on one price of paper so
you know how busy you’ll be at certain points of the year.” Katie Schoenenberger, sophomore
“Go to class! Big time.” Sam Wyatt, junior
“Find a ‘smart group’ and join study groups.” Clay Ream, junior
“Do your homework!” Andy Haugen, sophomore
“Get involved” Mary Bylin, senior
Here is some advice from me to you. There are counselors on campus, and they are free. Don’t be afraid to go in and talk to one.
From my freshman year, I learned that sometimes you will be alone, and unlike high school, these periods of time may be quite long.
It is good to remember who you are as a person and be confident in yourself. This will help you stay strong and motivated to do what you need to do.
Some of the advice above is short but don’t let length fool you: they are equally as significant.
We all started as freshmen, and it is important to remember that we have all been new to something at one point.