Advice to Freshmen

Starting freshman year of college comes with many forms of bullshit. Your roommate will walk in , drunk, at 3 a.m. Your grammar-nazi of a professor will hand your paper back with a “C” because you misplaced commas on your works cited page. People who you thought were your friends will stab you in the back. Your boyfriend may cheat on you. But your freshman year will also be exciting: you’ll meet someone who’ll be your best friend for life; you’ll have professors that will impact your life; and you’ll have access to opportunities on campus that may influence your career path. That is, if you do it right. The Leader asked students and faculty: if they were freshmen now, what would they have done differently?

"I would say take your time! You don’t have to dive into studying, making friends – or drinking (ha) to an excess! You will learn to balance your time and your social life. It is very different from high school, but you have a unique opportunity to be amongst the best faculty, and a College full of staff that have your back and want to help you succeed. Good luck!” - Barbara Sedlack, communications coordinator at Communications and Public Affairs

"Live like a student while you are in college so that you don't have to live like one after you graduate" - Ruth Pusich, director of Student Financial Services

“Get involved and hangout on campus regardless if you are a commuter or residential student. Finding a student organization to get involved in is your first step to better your college experience. Your happiness in this community and campus is dependent on you, the more effort you put in to the community the more it will give back!” - Alexander Lundrigan, junior

“Get to know your instructors and professors at the beginning of each semester by making an appointment during their office hours. Let them know what you are most excited about learning in their course and ask them questions about what drew them to their field of teaching or any questions you may have related to the course content, assignments, or expectations." -Kathryn Basco, adjunct faculty of the Communication Sciences and disorder department.

“[What]I wish I would’ve known is that my weaknesses and strengths are totally different in college than high-school. Success can be developed by your weaknesses and strengths.” - Maddie Pasterik, sophomore