School starts back up in a little over one month. For the first year students starting at MU it’s 4 days less than that. These students get an extra four days at MU to prepare themselves for their next 4 (or 5 or 6) years there. This has me thinking about my first year and what I would tell myself within that first month of the new school, at a new place, with new people. Here’s 5 good pieces of advice I want you first years to know because I needed to know it myself.
1. Get along with your Roomate
This one was fortunately very easy for me because I was blessed with two wonderful and respectful roommates that I’m still friends with now. It can be hard to get along with someone 24/7 in that tiny of a space but as long as you respect them and their space they should do the same back. At the same time though don’t cling to just your roommate, go out and meet new people, make friends with people you normally wouldn’t. You’d be surprised at who you’ll end up making lasting relationships with.
2. Eating in the Dining Hall
Yes no more parents around to tell you to eat your vegetables!Just because your mom isn’t looking over your shoulder to make sure you took your appropriate amount of broccoli doesn’t mean you shouldn’t. You need to keep yourself healthy and that starts with eating right. The freshmen 15 can be a real thing!
3. Use the facilities/services
There’s a gym! At MU we are lucky enough not to have to pay a membership for the gym! That means you can go whenever and however often you want to! The same goes for the computers! Also our campus offers group physical classes like yoga, kickboxing or even clay making that don’t cost that much at all! Included in these “services” are things like peer-tutoring that would be foolish not to take advantage of!
I was not academically prepared for college at all, high school was a breeze (okay a joke) for me. Once I got to college I got a HUGE wake up call. There is this thing called studying that actually needs to be done. If your prof tells you to read the book guess what you need to read the book because Sparknotes can’t write the in-class essay for you! Please take this one piece of advice seriously and follow through with it. You are not putting all this time, money, and effort for four years (or 5 or 6) of socializing!
5. Be you
This is the time that most people discover who they, who they want to be, what they want to, who they want to meet and where they want to go in life. The most important thing to remember through the next four years (or 5 or 6) is to be you, whoever that may be, unapologetically.