First post as a sophomore...wow. :) This year was full of ups and downs, but overall, it was so great. I wanted to give you a little recap of what some of the highlights of the year included as well as some of the difficult parts, but being only one of about 500 freshmen students, I did not think my opinion alone could give you a good enough idea. So incoming freshmen, this one's for you. :)
I need to start by talking about how awesome my classmates are. During dead weak when everybody is preparing (or maybe not so much) ;) for finals, I sent out a 16 question survey to as many freshman as I could, and they shared it with their friends, and 53 students took it, all for you! :) This way, we can give you varying opinions and tips on how to "do college," and some of the best parts of freshman year!
With that, I would like to introduce you to just a sample of what the survey included, so if it interests you, you're welcome to keep reading! Here are a couple of questions and answers from the survey:
14. What is your favorite part about your dorm room?
•Christmas Lights... and the icecream in my freezer.
•Honestly, my roommate!
3. How do you organize or manage your schedule: schoolwork, co-curricular activities, faith, sleep, socializing, and more?
•Everything goes in my planner! I try to get all my homework done when friends are also working, then I have free time for Praise and Worship and hang out time with friends at night
•Use your planner!!! Get in a routine and stick with it. Plan out your whole week and try to front load your week so you're not frantically trying to accomplish everything at the end. Prevent procrastination as much as possible. :-)
•By faith, hahahahaha. Just take it one day at a time and I learn to trust God every day to get the priorities done.
So to not make this post a mile and a half long, I am going to split it up over the course of the summer! This first post is a compilation of just the last question, which is a general overview of the survey! If you would like to read more, check back on the blog a couple times this summer and I will get some more of the questions and answers up. :) Thank you!
16. What one piece of advice would you give to an incoming freshman student
•Embrace the college experience. You are going to learn so much about yourself and life. Have fun, make wise choices, take advantage of all the opportunities you have here.
•College seems a lot scarier than it actually is. Don't be afraid to be yourself.
•Force yourself to meet as many people as you can in the first week or two of school. This is the best time for that. Meet people in all grades and develop upperclassmen mentors. Get to know your professors and ask lots of questions.
•Don't get behind on your grades. Keep your grades up, your future self will thank you. Get to know as many people as you can, become who God is calling you to be.
•You picked the right school my friend :) and also take advantage of the chapels, GIFT, p&w ect.
•Don't be afraid to use student health services if you need counseling.. it can save your life.
•Be ready to have your life flipped upside down. I guess you can never be ready for that, but get prepared and be open to the idea of change!
•Don't stress, it's not as scary as you think it will be! Even the seniors are nice :)
•Find friends who will encourage you in every aspect of your faith. And get yourself a mentor. Find a godly upper classman and ask them to mentor you. Having someone to keep you accountable and someone who you can go to with all your problems is a really awesome thing.
•You will be that typical freshman who doesn't know what they're doing for the first few weeks. After that, you'll still be the typical freshman, everyone is.
•Breathe. Relax. The first week is like summer camp and then by the second week, you already have a routine somewhat figured out.
•Don't be afraid to ask professors for help, and visit them during their office hours! They are super helpful, super nice, and extremely understanding! They are one of the best resources you have, and they can help you out so much!
•Just be cool, everyone here already is
•Don't be afraid to really be crazy and wild and make people feel awkward
•It will be hard and you may feel like you are the only one struggling, but there are SO MANY people on campus who are willing to help you! If you reach out to them, they will help you. Even if you don't feel like you need help, reaching out may make the transition into college a little easier. And you might make a new friend!
•You might miss home a lot but you will eventually find your group and find what you like!
•Put the time you have at dordt to good use because it will go by very fast
•Dont go boy crazy or girl crazy. God has a plan for you, so just wait and be patient
•Sleep before you come to college
•Just be you. Everybody here is weird anyways
•The transition is hard but it will get better
•Don't wait till the night before a project or paper is due to start it
As you can tell, my classmates are really great and very wise. :) The goal of these posts are to ease you into college from real perspectives of students who just experienced what you are soon to be immersed in. :) I hope you can indulge me! Thanks for reading. :)