As my time at JMU comes to a close, I have been feeling very nostalgic. It feels like just yesterday I was a freshman at JMU moving into my dorm room, meeting new people, starting all new classes, and adapting to college life. Even though freshman year was one of the best years, I was definitely nervous to start college, as I know many high school seniors are. That is why I compiled 5 pieces of advice for incoming college freshmen to ease their nerves and help guide them through their freshman year of college!
1. Be Yourself:
Never pretend to be someone you're not. Staying true to yourself is so important, especially in college! This will help you find your true friends. Say no to things you don’t want to do, surround yourself with a circle of friends who make you happy, learn not to worry about what others think, and of course, appreciate who you are as a person!
2. Find a Hobby:
Hobbies are great stress relievers to get your mind off of school work, especially if you’re feeling overwhelmed. Finding time to do something you enjoy can also make you feel happier, improve your mental health, and help you relax.
3. Go to Office Hours if You Need Extra Help:
Remember that your professors are here to help you! If you’re struggling in class, don’t be afraid to seek extra help. Not only can it improve your grade, but it can also build a professional relationship between you and your professor. These relationships can also benefit you in the future when needing recommendation letters, professional advice, help searching for jobs/internships, and so on.
4. Get Involved by Joining Clubs for Your Major:
Start joining clubs for your major as early as possible! This is a great way to help you connect with people who share similar interests, as well as introduce you to new people and begin building up your resume.
5. College Goes By Fast - Don’t Take This Time for Granted:
Time flies by when you’re having fun! These four years definitely go by quickly. So… go to football games. Go to campus events. Have lunch on the quad. Join that club. Spend time with your friends. Enjoy every minute of college before it’s over. It will be the best four years of your life!