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  • Carlee Strathmann

    Member
    November 6, 2020 at 4:55 am

    What is one piece of advice you would give to an incoming college freshman?

  • silvia

    Administrator
    November 6, 2020 at 5:10 am

    So many!

    1. Network and meet a lot of people
    2. Connect with your professors (it’ll be great for letters of rec in the future)
    3. Join clubs and meet people from different majors
    4. Back up all your files. You don’t want to lose your assignment last minute 😉
    5. Fill out and get free $$$ with FAFSA
    6. Get an internship
    7. Cold email people you want to meet. Build relationships, have mentors.
    8. And most importantly, have fun. I miss college!

  • Katelyn Silva

    Member
    November 16, 2020 at 8:06 pm

    Make the most of it. Know that it goes by so fast. Savor it. This is such a special time to explore your interests and find your passions. Join clubs, activities, and teams. Be yourself. Find your people. You are likely to meet lifelong friends and potentially, your lifelong partner (weird, right?). The more you are YOU, the better the quality and longevity of those relationships will be. Find balance. Fun is as important as work and studying. It’s okay to not be okay. College can be amazing, but the initial transition can be really hard and well, sometimes, life is really hard. You aren’t alone. Always ask for help when you are struggling, emotionally or academically. So jealous of your journey! It’s going to be amazing.

  • Nicole

    Administrator
    November 17, 2020 at 4:21 am

    There are so many things I’d share with incoming college freshmen!

    My first is – make a true friend with someone in the financial aid office! They have so much information to share and can help you navigate the financial aspect of your college education.

    My second is – push yourself out of your comfort zone by (1) leaning into your authentic interests and (2) being curious about things you’d never truly shown an interest in! As a freshman, I joined my college swim team because I wanted to learn how to swim. Although they were a serious team and regularly competed, they never made me feel like an outsider and encouraged me to continue learning to swim. It was an interesting experience and one that I cherish.

    My third – don’t stress about knowing exactly what you want to do. You have time (and hopefully a few credits) to figure it out. The goal should be identifying what YOU want to do, be, and learn! Find your path!

    My final – plan for the workload and plan for fun. The college years go by so quickly so find that balance. You should dedicate yourself to your studies and work towards being your best self while taking the time to discover your hobbies and passions while connecting with new people. Many of the opportunities that you’ll get later in life will stem from the relationships you build in college. If you only ever come out of your dorm to eat or go to class, you’re missing out on powerful and fulfilling connections.

  • Amanda Vetelino

    Member
    November 24, 2020 at 12:18 am

    Don’t be afraid to ask for help when needed. Most professors have office hours when you can meet with them.

    Take advantage of a Writing Lab or Writing Center if your college has one. The volunteers can help with papers, essays, and making sure your assignments are up to par.

    Get involved! Colleges have way more to offer than just athletics. Find and try something new to make new friends and meet people from different states or even countries.

    • Nicole

      Administrator
      November 24, 2020 at 6:01 pm

      Amanda – you speak so much truth here! The Writing Lab at my university helped me to complete my college degree. My grammar skills coming out of high school were quite terrible and for the first time in my life, I was getting Ds and Fs for papers I submitted. It wasn’t because my ideas were terrible; it was because my writing was terrible! I spent my entire Freshman year going to the WAC (writing and academic support lab) in the library three times per week where I received tutoring for my writing. That decision literally saved my college career.

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