By Carson Yenchar
So, this it it. I’ve made it through my freshman year of college, and holy wow, it’s been a ride. There have been ups and downs, but I’m glad that I made it through without too many bumps and bruises. College wasn’t really all I expected it to be, but it was full of surprises and plot twists at every turn. I learned a lot about myself through this whole college experience, and there are many tips I would recommend to incoming freshmen at MSU:
- Join Clubs!
This is number one on my list for a reason. There are so many student groups and organizations on campus, and I would recommend joining at least two clubs that you find enjoyable. And even if there is a club you are unsure about, I highly advise that you try something that is a little (or a lot) out of your comfort zone. It’s exciting to try new things, and the clubs at MSU definitely have a lot to offer!
- Get Those General Classes Out Of The Way
If you have decided on a major, I would try to get all of the university required classes out of the way, so you have more time to take the classes for your major. It will create less stress for you, and you’ll be that much closer to getting your required credits for graduation. Plus, your junior and senior year will be more enjoyable when you take the classes you actually like.
- Stay In A Dorm
I would stay in the dorms for at least the first two years of college. It’s important to learn how to share a space with someone, if you’ve never had the experience. It also gives you an opportunity to make new friends and learn about someone new. Plus, picking out stuff to decorate your dorm with is always a fun activity.
- Get A Job
If I’ve learned anything from college, it’s that it’s easy to go broke. So I would say get a job to keep your account at a high amount so you don’t have to worry about any type of student debt. There are plenty of job opportunities on and off campus, and working a job gives you more experience and skills for the real world.
Most importantly, it’s important to enjoy your first year of college. It’s something new and exciting, and it’s really important to make the most out of it. College may be hard at times, but it’s rewarding in the end. I hope everyone has an amazing summer!