- Be you: Understand that it is okay to be yourself. It is also equally as important to respect yourself, establish morals and have something to stand up for. You may be a freshman but that doesn’t mean you are powerless or weak.
- Explore the Unknown:Your first year is really a year of journey and discover. It is okay if you don’t know exactly what kind of major you want to stick with or how you plan on mapping out the next four years. Use your first year to try new things and discover new possibilities.
- Embrace change: College professors are different from your high school math teacher. In college, you have to hold yourself accountable for everything you do. Don’t expect professors to spoon-feed you throughout your undergraduate career.
- Have a working resume / cover letter: Whether you worked at your local ice cream store or dog walker, those are all experiences! Most colleges have individuals who work in career services, so use them. When it comes to this, a little bit goes a long way.
- Network: Most college professors have connections throughout a variety of industries. Show you care about your field by not only being attentive and doing the work but also asking your professor about any and every question. If you do great academically and build a report with your professor, this will have a huge reward later on.
- Seek balance: College is a marriage between social life and academics. Balancing the two can be tricky but it's important to find ways to better manage your time. If you are having trouble with academically, don't hesitate to seek out help.
- It's okay to call home: Sometimes a call home will make your day great. Although you're at college, don't forget to call home here and there. Everyone needs some kind of advice to get them through.
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