Five helpful tips for new students
Published: Friday, August 30, 2013
Updated: Thursday, August 29, 2013 15:08
Welcome to Angelo State, new students!
Many of you have a lot of questions and I would love to help make your first semester one that is much easier to handle. I am sure that for some of you, coming to ASU is intimidating. You are probably wondering whom to trust, where everything is, and how to act being in a new place that is not quite homey-feeling.
Well, here are a few tips to you from a seasoned veteran.
Tip #1: Stay true to yourself, but be friendly too
You are a stranger in a strange land, but the great thing is that so is everyone else. As long as you remain cool, calm and collected, you will find yourself not feeling so out of place. The majority of people on campus are friendly, courteous and willing to help you when you feel lost. So don’t be afraid to talk and express yourself to others, because remember: The people who have been here a while were once newbies too—so the seasoned students know how to overcome those fears you feel inside. And don’t feel like you have to change who you are to fit in. Remain true to your roots and don’t be afraid to let people see you for who you truly are. Share a little bit of yourself with others and you will be happier in the long run. If you just let people accept the real you rather than an image of yourself you’re adopting for others, you’ll find more true friends in college.
Tip #2: Use common courtesy
For some of you, the main reason you came to college was to get away from those pesky parents so that you could have a good time. While I can totally relate with you on that, I also highly advise you to do so in moderation. Many students here, especially us upperclassmen, are highly motivated to get our college degrees—just as you newbies should be too. Bringing loud parties to your dorm room anytime, especially after midnight, is a serious faux pas. You could end up upsetting your roommates, getting the campus police called on you, and possibly even getting kicked out of school. We don’t want to see that happen. So just make sure to use some common courtesy. Enjoy the party, but do so either off campus or at a designated location on campus where parties are held. Students here like their sleep, so stay on good terms with your roommates, and you will be sure to have a great time.
Tip #3: Textbook purchases
I know this is a bit of a taboo subject, but if you can find your books cheaper outside the university’s book store, I would do so. Go to Amazon.com, Belltowerbooks.com, or Chegg.com and see what you can find. Usually Amazon is the cheapest. And if you’re savvy you can make eBook purchases. I personally have a MacBook Pro laptop and I downloaded the Kindle app for free and purchased the majority of my textbooks electronically. I wound up saving myself over $50. And the great thing about eBooks is they show up on your device instantly!
Tip #4: Attend all of your classes
Yes, I said it. If you are in college, you are here hopefully because you have plans for your future. I apologize if I sound like a parent, but that is just the reality of today’s economy. Having a degree is extremely important, more so now than ever. But it’s also equally important to make sure you have a degree that you’re passionate about and not just something that promises to make you a lot of money. It is important to remain happy, it is important to have a college degree, and it is important to stay focused to make sure those two meet.
Tip #5: Mingle and diversify yourself
There is a wealth of different people from all over the world here, and I do mean ALL OVER THE WORLD. We have students from South Korea, France, Portugal, Brazil, Nigeria, and other corners of the planet. Not to mention pretty much every state in America. Get to know everyone you meet. If you’re sitting down and eating in the cafeteria, say hello and introduce yourself to someone sitting at the next table. Talk about where you are from, what you are studying, and anything else that comes to mind. You will thank yourself for it later because you will feel more connected with the world knowing what others outside of your close group of friends are like. It will begin to feel like the world is not so small and isolated for you as well, which will make you feel like you never left home at all.