We all remember our first semester of freshman year.
Starting your college career is an exciting and intimidating time filled with new experiences and discoveries.
Being a couple of weeks into the start of their time here at SU, the class of 2017 should be getting comfortable with classes and coming into their own as far as friends and campus life are concerned.
At this point of my freshman year I was just starting to get used to the whole community bathroom thing, however with all these fancy new residence halls popping up it does not look like that will be much of an issue for freshmen in years to come.
Thinking back on it, there are certain things that I wish I knew before coming to SU.
While friends and family try to prepare you for that first semester, there are always certain misconceptions that do not get addressed. So here are just a couple of things that I wish I knew before starting my first year here.
First is that going to the learning center does not mean you are stupid.
In high school we were all under the preconceived notion that getting a tutor meant that you were somehow incompetent.
This is not true. Getting a little extra help never hurt anybody.
You are going to college to learn so why not get the most out of it?
Besides, failing a class is a waste of time and money and neither of which is a commodity that college students have an abundance of. Even if you are nowhere near failing, getting help can only make you better, which in turn makes you a more desirable employee in the future.
That is why we are going to college right?
Secondly, failing teaches you just as much as succeeding.
You need to be able to come to terms with the fact that failure is a part of life and you are going to have to deal with it more often than you think in your time at college.
The sooner you are able to look at failure as an opportunity to learn the better off you will be.
Lastly, being in college cannot and should not be all work and no play.
Then again it should not be the reverse either.
You need to find a good balance if you are going to make it out alive or at least with a decent degree and your sanity.
College is supposed to be a great experience and believe it or not it really does go by fast so be sure you make the most of it.
Look at freshman year as an opportunity.