The beginning of a new era for freshmen
Published: Thursday, August 22, 2013
Updated: Friday, August 23, 2013 16:08
As a freshman, you have only four years to make something of your college career. Not only to leave a proud mark in the UConn society, but also to prove that you can make a difference in our tight-knit community.
I can remember four years ago when I was a freshman I had to climb five flights of stairs up the withering stairs of Litchfield Hall on north campus. I was alone, nervous and held only a small insight of what my life would spiral into. I had no idea that those first few days were the beginning of a new era.
There are a few steps you could take to make the most of your freshman year. Of course, this is only a sampler of abstract advice; what may help one person could falter for another. So take my words with caution, but also with a sense of sincerity to make the most of your four years.
The best advice anyone can give you is to get involved. There is an abundance of activities and groups to become involved in, and it’s a great way to meet an awesome group of friends. Options include Greek life, the newspaper, the environmental club and even an outdoor activities club! There is so much you can do to get yourself out there, expose yourself to new people, ideas and hobbies that will generate four years of collegiate success. After all, there is no better way to bond with a friend than to do so while learning something new. Make sure to check out the involvement fair in the first few weeks of the semester.
My second piece of advice is to live in the library. I know that coming out of senior year is tough. Let’s face it—you didn’t do much your last year of high school. You are already in college, so what is the point of working to the point of absolute stress and disengagement? But this is college, the major leagues of schooling. And I promise that there is nothing more rewarding then getting high marks in all your classes at the end of your first semester. Freshmen typically don’t realize how much work and effort you have to put into studying their first semester, and it takes a definite period of adaptation. But you will get the hang of it in time and your future self will thank you for the effort.
Lastly, and most importantly, don’t take yourself too seriously. Learn to live a little, to let loose. Try new things that your high school-self would never have tried—even anything from food to nightly activities.
College is a place of education and wisdom, but it is also a vehicle driving towards self-discovery. Freshman year is just the beginning of the fresh path, waiting to be worn in. Make the most of it and have fun.