Advice from a seasoned senior for new Huskies
Published: Thursday, August 22, 2013
Updated: Friday, August 23, 2013 16:08
Welcome to college. As a rising senior this year, I can’t help but compare my perspective from freshman year to now. After three years, I’d like to think I learned a thing or two and as you’re getting settled, I just wanted to offer some advice or words of wisdom.
First, welcome to college. Not senior year of high school part two. Try not to keep the same habits that you might have formed last year like the type of people you hang out with or the perpetual lack of completed work. You also might actually have to do things yourself that you didn’t used to have to worry about, like laundry. Sweatpants don’t have a 10 use life like you think, but the good news is there’s a free laundry facility within walking distance of your room. You also have to get up and get to class on your own, so find that alarm clock feature on your phone and just remember to set it for AM.
Along the same lines, remember that the classes you take this year are part of your GPA that stays with you all four years. It’ll be a funny story of how you got a ‘D’ in art appreciation because you went out the night before the final, but the ‘D’ still counts on your transcript. And even though it feels like eons away, you’re soon going to apply to jobs or grad school with that GPA and they might not think the story is as funny as you do.
Perhaps the aspect that students like best about college is that there are so many more opportunities at UConn than in high school; and it’s true. UConn has over 400 clubs and organizations, sports, sororities and fraternities, learning communities, community service opportunities, and the list goes on. Try something different or something you never thought you’d do, and judge for yourself. General education classes can be an interesting way to expand your horizons too. Try a literature class surrounding a culture you don’t know much about, or a philosophy class about religion. You might be surprised that it interests you more than your accounting major.
Taking part in clubs or organizations is a great way to meet different people and make UConn feel a little smaller as you carve out your corner of our universe. You don’t have to join the same organization as your friends from high school either. Venture out alone to find your own crowd. Even if you’re rooming with your best friend from high school, remember that they don’t have to be your only friend. Open your door to meet people on your floor or commiserate with the kid next to you at your Monday 8 a.m.
Finally, remember that while upper classmen might pretend to have college and most other things figured out, we’re just about as overwhelmed as you. We also probably checked a map to find our classes this week just like you. In our defense though, there’s been a lot of construction and building name changes.