Sunday, January 29, 2017

Advice for a College Freshman

After many applications, college visits, and number crunching, you have decided the place where you want to spend the next 4-8 years. Then, comes the packing and getting settled into your new room before class. For the first few days, you meet so many people that you can hardly remember all the names. After a week of class, you begin to settle into a routine. You still have unanswered questions, might be a bit homesick, and are wondering how to comfortably settle into your new home. I asked a friend of mine who is a sophomore at the University of Toledo about what advice he has for freshman.

What was the hardest part about transitioning from high school to college?

Figuring out what to do with all of my free time. In high school, there were no breaks in the day. In college, you might have a class and then a large break before your next class.

How did you know that the college you chose what right for you?

Things just worked out. I made friends easily and had a smooth transition.

What advice do you have for a freshman who is trying to get involved, but is not sure where to start?

The best thing you can do is not be shy. Try new things, but don't force yourself to get involved in organizations that you don't enjoy. 

How has your experience been at a "big" school?

There are more people around to help you if you need it, but it's hard to get to know people unless you are really putting yourself out there.

Tell me about your involvement with Greek life.

My fraternity has helped me get involved around campus and make new friends. It also forces me to be more involved in the community and to make time for community service. 

Is there any other advice you have for a freshman?

Study and go to class. Don't be afraid to ask questions and go to office hours. 

There are so many people in the same situation as you right now. It may be uncomfortable at first, but jump in fully and you will be pleasantly surprised with the outcome. 
Source: Jordan Skilliter


  1. They last two answers were my favorite. As a senior - I agree 100%. Greek Life is what you make it. It can give you the opportunity to hold leadership positions, build your resume, get involved with ONU's community AND surrounding communities. One of the biggest events we look for every year is the Night to Shine Prom in Lima. This is where our Greek Life goes and give children with disabilities a night they will never forget. We dance with them, eat with them, do their hair and make up, and so much more. It truly shows you what you have in this world and teaches you many lessons along the way. Not only that but you will also be slightly forced to join other organizations on campus. However, you don't feel forced because you know you will at least have one person (a brother/sister) in that organization to make it a little less scary to join!

    As far as going to class and studying. It is really hard to form this habit because in High School many students didn't have to try very hard or actually study. Forming this habit or at least figuring out how you like to study early on helps tremendous. the last part is crucial though - don't be afraid to ask questions and go to office hours. You would be amazed how much this could actually help you AND you have an even bigger advantage... you attend a smaller school with easier access to do so. Utilize this because it WILL help you.

  2. I had a similar conversation with my older brother when I was a senior in high school. I really think that a key point is that you need to go to class. I hear from so many people that they think college is extremely hard and they are struggling, but come to find out they were not even going to classes. Yes, some days are a lot harder to get out of bed and go to class, but at the end of the day you will thank yourself. You miss out on so much by not showing up and it is easier to fall behind than it was in high school. As for the transition into college life, making friends is not a hard as it may seem. You quickly find that most other people are also nervous and just looking for that friend that will turn into your family here on campus.