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My advice to incoming college freshman is this:
First off, don’t be scared or nervous. College is really no big deal in the grand scheme of it all. It’s an incredible new place with countless resources to draw from when it comes to your education, social life, and over all future.
Don’t expect to make friends right away but be open to meeting new people ! I met a handful of people my first week of school and although I never saw them much again around campus I’m happy to have encountered them and I was happy I struck up conversation. The key is to remember this; don’t care what anyone else thinks about you because chances are they have no opinion about you. As far as upper classmen go they don’t have the time to be snoody and judgmental the way people could be in high school and they don;t have time to care about lil freshman. But being honest people are normally pretty friendly if you are.
I remember sitting at tables with random people during my breaks, asking if it was okay that I sat there, and I met cool people who had really cool advice to offer. I even made a good friend who was a third year art major & we’d run into each other from time to time & he’d always let me know on what was going on in the art department. Networking is a great thing.
I guess the REAL key here is to just humble yourself and be open and willing. It’s not about being the cool kid on campus here.
As far as classes, they are definitely not as scary as they seem to be, definitely not at first anyway. GE’s can be some of the best parts of your day. All the teachers I’ve had have been pretty friendly or at least very approachable. High school makes out college profs out to be these big bad monsters but believe me when I say 95% of them really do want to see you succeed, you just have to want to too.
Don’t be shy in your classes either, with your Profs and your peers. NEVER EVER be afraid to ask questions about anything to anyone. Most likely you’re gonna be with people just like you; Freshman who are just as eager to see what this whole college thing is about. Make friends !! I’m not saying you have to find your new bff right away but be open to meeting new people. It’ll help you in class too if you happen to miss a day or need help with something. Remember, humility.
I made one of my best friends my first semester of college and we ended up going to Japan together that spring break !!! CRAZY!
I’m sure that’s what all freshman hear but just BE OPEN ! College is not a time for “what if’s”
I hope that helps even a little ! Good luck ~