Being a freshman in college can be unsettling. I know it was for me. Here are a few tips to follow that will help calm those nerves.
As a college freshman, there are many questions that run through your mind. What should I bring? How will I make friends? And what should my major be? However, there are far more important things to be concerned about during your four years of college.
Networking. Do it well. Do it now. Do it often.
Here at Stephens, the professors, advisers and staff want more than anything for their students to succeed. Get to know your professors and build a strong relationship with your adviser. I feel comfortable talking to my adviser about anything, which has helped me in numerous ways. Trust them, take advantage of their resources and respect them.
Purchasing Textbooks. Wait.
My freshman year I thought I was so prepared, arriving on campus with every textbook, brand new and in hand. But, I quickly learned I was the complete opposite of prepared. Not only were some of my textbooks not used in class , but I also changed my class schedule to such an extent that I had to re-order the correct books. It was a mess. All in all, I suggest waiting. Test out your classes and find out if the books are a necessity. Some professors even place the textbooks on reserve in the library if requested. Books are expensive, do what you can to save money.
Stay in Touch. Call Mom and Dad.
Even though it is important to build independence and learn to do things on your own, I highly suggest staying in touch with friends and family from back home. I am a senior and I usually call my mom multiple times a day. She is my support team and my happy place. Talking to family members and old friends keeps you sane and prevents homesickness. Don’t be too good for mom and dad. They are why you are here. Appreciate them and be grateful.
Believe in Yourself. Don’t give up, stay driven and stay positive.
There will be times in your four years of college that you want to give up, leave, and go home, and trust me I’ve been there. But just know if you stick it out, you can and will do great things. Don’t let anyone get you down, or ruin your confidence. Believe you are the best and you can go anywhere.
Discover Yourself. Change your mind, try new things and get involved.
College is the time in our lives to find out exactly who we are, so it is important that you take advantage of everything offered. For me, joining a sorority was one of the best decisions I made during college. However, I do regret not venturing out and joining more campus organizations. Get involved not only to build your résumé but to learn things about yourself and grow as a person.
Have Fun. Being social does not make you a bad student.
Yes, this is college, and we are here to learn, but it is important that you have fun as well. Some of my greatest memories are from college, and I couldn’t say that if I had lived in the library or behind my desk day after day. You have to give yourself breaks, and you have to unwind. Don’t take this time for granted and have fun.
It will fly by. Enjoy every minute.
It feels like yesterday that I was sitting in Survey of Fashion, completely intimidated by the course and in complete awe listening to internship presentations. It is hard to believe that it is three years later, and in less than a few days I will be giving my own internship presentation to our freshmen class. I want the class of 2016 to take it from me when I say:
“You will be seniors in no time, so take my advice to heart, do your very best and enjoy yourselves. Good luck!”