By MariaJose Fernandez
The change of setting, new people staring at you, and crowds of people walking past you in different directions can rush a flood of fear and excitement through your body.
Freshman year can feel like this. It’s a time of transitions, a roller coaster of emotions and new experiences. But overall, it is a year of growth.
It’s not easy for many students to adapt to college life. But one of the best things to do is to take advantage of all the advice you can get from professors and classmates.
The Buccaneer asked upperclassmen what they would tell freshmen students to get through their first year. Here are their top five pieces of advice.
1. Prioritize your mental health
Your body and your energy must come first. All that you rely on is proper mental health management. Classes are important but students should not become overly obsessed with them. Take one task at a time.
“When I was a freshman, I wish I knew not to overstress myself with things that are not stressful as you think they are. For example, with all the classes that you have, don't get overwhelmed with all the material; just take it day by day,” said senior Justin Rivera, majoring in athletic training.
2. Research affordable books and supplies
Do your research on where you can find books besides the campus bookstore. You will save time and money.
Dominique Pineda, a senior majoring in public relations, said, “wait to buy your books and supplies until the second week of classes. By then, you will know if the book required will be used in the class.”
3. Learn to have balance between college and time for you
Being organized will benefit you as a student. You’ll live happier and thrive in a more relaxed life.
“Balance, I think is key in anything. It is a foundation in life,” said Rosalyn Viaros, a senior majoring in athletic training. “Enjoy life. You will find your friends. Good energy will come to you. But finding balance between what you want and the things you want to fulfill in life is important. Whatever aspirations you want to fulfill, take it seriously but also have fun while doing it.”
4. Networking is key
Networking is a powerful tool for your professional career. It will help you to build progress and create interpersonal relationships that will make your career path much easier.
“I would tell freshmen to really get involved in the school because ultimately you want to get a good career out of this,” said junior soccer player Bella Tusa, majoring in advertising and public relations. Try to network with a lot of students during clubs, activities, and classes. Do not be afraid to build relationships. Don’t isolate yourself in a dorm.
5. Expand your knowledge with extracurriculars
Put yourself out there. Try new things besides your major and uncover new skills you didn’t know you had.
“Learn other things besides partying, something healthy, sport or community service that will make you feel fulfilled so you can put your energy in something other than school,” said Angel Rodriguez, junior business management major. Freshman year is the start of the new journey in your new life, the start to achieving all your goals in life. So, embrace this time and take advantage of every opportunity to learn.