8 Tips for Incoming Freshmen

1. Stay organized

Whether you use a planner, a phone calendar or a piece of paper, stay organized and know your due dates because they will creep up on you quickly.

2. Be involved

Joining a club, organization or team is one of the best ways to make new friends and create unforgettable memories. There are hundreds of different organizations on campus, so you’re bound to find an organization that really interests you.

3. Take advantage of opportunities

From internships to volunteer events, any opportunity that will allow you to get career experience is a great way to learn. Although having a 4.0 is a great accomplishment, having relevant experience is what professionals look at when hiring new interns and employees – so start early!

4. Do things that scare you

One of the best ways to learn about yourself is to get out of your comfort zone. Even if you don’t have a friend to drag along with you, go to that dorm event or join that organization. The best opportunities will happen when you challenge yourself to do something new.

5. Try not to procrastinate

The keyword is “try.” It’s going to happen, but try your best to stay proactive and up-to-date. Take breaks when necessary, but make sure to get your work done in a timely manner.

6. Don’t be afraid to ask for help

There are so many helpful professors, students and resources at this university; you’re not alone.

7. Don’t worry about having your future figured out

Everyone expects you to have the next four years planned out, but it’s totally okay to not know what you want to do and to change your major (once or even several times). Find your passion and pursue that. Don’t just choose a major because you’ll make a lot of money. Actually find something you enjoy and everything else will fall into place.

8. Be yourself

College is a fresh start. Do yourself a favor and don’t be something you’re not. Do what makes you happy, and in the end, people are going to like you for you!

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