October 16, 2012

A senior’s advice

Hello Class of 2016,

First, I want to say welcome to college.

Here at Lafayette, you can experience one of the most exciting times of your life. It can also be one of the worst. I know that this might sound cliché, but your college experience is what you make of it. If you decided to challenge yourself, get active, and step out of your comfort zone, then I can promise you that college will open up many exciting and unforgettable adventures in your life. BE INVOLVED, GET ACTIVE, and ASK QUESTIONS.

Here are some tips that I have learned throughout my college career, and I think that it will help you to get the most out of your college experience.

Friends
Go out of your comfort zone, and make new friends. This is your first year, so it is not awkward if you are reaching out and try to make friends. Truth is, most first year students are in your shoes, and they understand how frustrating (and awkward) it can be to meet someone new.

Follow the open doors policy. This shows to your hallmates that you are an open and friendly person, which will allow your hallmates to get to know you better.

Study together. Not only will it help you to be better in that subject, but group studying will open your mind to different ways of thinking.

Work with different people, at different times, in different places. And try not to cling to 1 person. You will expand your circle of friends much quicker.

Ask people to hang out, watch a movie, or eat together. Or just simply text them and ask about their day. If you want something, you must go out there and grab it.

School Work

Study in the lounge, library, or any open classroom after 4. If you want a room and Skillman is full, then just stop by Pardee or AEC to grab any room.

Excuses build bridges to nowhere.

Get your priorities straight. If you lose your sense of priorities, it can be very difficult to catch up.

Visit Career Services. It’s always better to get a head start, whether it is a resume, a cover letter, or a job application.

Apply for any internship that interests you, even if you don’t think you are qualified. The worst is that they’ll say no, but at least you’ve tried.

Have a Google calendar. It will save you a ton of time.

Go ABROAD.  Trust me; it will be one of the most memorable things you’ll ever experience.

Outside of Class

If you are in a relationship, remember to make time for your friends. Relationships may not last, but friendships may.

Participate in intramural sports, clubs, and different organizations; it’s one of the best ways to meet people on campus.

Do use the Good Samaritan Policy. It’s better to be safe than sorry.

Find meaning in your work rather than complain about it.

Be true and honest. It will build lasting friendships.

And remember that this is the time to explore, open up, and find yourself. College will certainly change you, and it will help you to grow. So remember to have an open mind, listen to others’ point of view, and never mix up your right foot with your left..

This is just the start of your college life, so remember to cherish every moment of it, and the best is yet to come.

posted in Binh Pham

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