I hope that everyone had a great first week of classes, especially the freshmen! I want to share some advice with Le Moyne’s newest class, so here are a few things to keep in mind as you adjust to college:
Don’t stay silent. If you’re having trouble for some reason don’t be afraid to reach out to someone. Talk to your RAs, Area Director or a counselor at the Wellness Center, but especially your RAs. They’re here for those type of things and to get you the help you need if you’re having trouble within yourself, with your roommate or anyone else on your floor.
Take advantage of free tutoring. Le Moyne offers free tutoring in the back of the library if you’re struggling in a class. They have student tutors to help you with whatever subject you need help in. If they don’t have a tutor for the class, they will find you one!
Take advantage of your professor’s office hours. The professors at Le Moyne are great and want to help you in any way they can. If you have any unanswered questions, they are the first people to go to for answers.
Manage your time wisely. Time management is a huge thing when it comes to college. Some people were born with great time management skills, while others struggle to learn this witchcraft. I’ve always struggled with managing my time, even back in high school. Over this coming year I’m sure you will find your own way to strengthen these skills!
Make sure to GET INVOLVED. I cannot stress this enough: you need to be active on campus. It doesn’t matter if you live on campus or if you’re a commuter, you need to be involved. Being involved makes us a stronger and closer community. There are more than 72 clubs and organizations on campus and multiple events happening every week. Faculty, staff and your fellow students work incredibly hard to make campus events possible for everyone to enjoy, so please go to them.
Get some sleep. Sleep is an extremely important thing to keep track of while you’re at college. It’s very easy to tire yourself out quickly, especially if you do get involved in a lot of clubs and activities. I know, there is a lot to do like class, homework, spending time with friends, eating, and attending meetings and events, but you need to find time to relax and sleep. It’s essential, trust me.
Lastly, be yourself. You are nobody but yourself. If people don’t like it, oh well. You should never change yourself for a group of people or because it’s a “new college you.” It’s okay to want to start fresh when you come to college, but that doesn’t mean you have to change yourself. If there’s something you aren’t comfortable with then remove yourself from the situation, don’t do something that you wouldn’t normally do. You know who you are, and you are here for a reason, so don’t forget that.