Here’s to all my Freshmen…
1. Stay on campus on the weekends.
- You miss out on a lot by going home on the weekend. You may miss your family, your boyfriend from home or your puppy, but by staying on campus during the weekend you have time to relax and focus on making lasting friendships.
2. Make an impression on your professors.
- With classrooms of 25 students of less, professors see you. They see you taking notes, they see you sleeping, they see you texting – and they will remember you. One day, you are going to need them for something; make an impression on them so that they will want to help you.
3. Get involved.
- I can’t stress this enough. Join clubs, organizations, go through Greek recruitment. Don’t write anything off before you try it.
4. Greek life is different at a small school.
- Fall of my freshman year I wanted NOTHING to do with Greek life. But I tried it during the spring and it was one of the best decisions that I have made since coming to Mount Union.
5. Don’t think you have to be anything other than yourself.
- Mount Union is so diverse, and everyone is so accepting of others here. Don’t waste time trying to act like someone you think you should be.
6. Find out who your “friends” are.
- While some of the friends you make the first week of school will be with you through graduation, not all of them will. Try to look past the superficial stuff and notice who really cares about you; those are the friends who are worth having.
7. Wait to buy the books until the first week of class.
- They can be expensive – and sometimes professors will tell you on the first day that they will never use the book. Wait to spend the money.
8. Beware of Sheetz
- With its convenient location and tempting menu, its hard not to run to Sheetz for a snack. Just remember – if you go to Sheetz five times a week, the money adds up – and so do the pounds.
Which brings me to my next piece of advice…
9. THE FRESHMAN 15 IS REAL.
- We were all so active in high school, and while many students go on to play a sport here, not all do. Whether its playing catch in the quad, going for a jog around town or working out in the MAAC, do SOMETHING to keep yourself busy.
- The cafeteria has so many options… don’t settle for pizza every day. And while ice cream is unlimited, you may want to take it easy.
10. Have fun.
- College is about getting a degree, but there is so much more that you can learn in college, much of it outside of a classroom. Take chances and risks, stay up late and surround yourself with people who make you happy because these are the best four years of your life.