5 People College Freshmen Should Get To Know On Campus

There’s no doubt that amidst getting your books, finding your classes, and meeting new people, the first few weeks of college is a bit intimidating.

But there are so MANY people on campus who are there just to SERVE YOU. So don’t be shy, get to know them!!

Whether your campus is small or large, there are certain people you should really get to know. And no, it’s not the pizza delivery guy!

College is ALL about independence, so you’ll have to learn where buildings are, who your academic advisor is, and a ton of other things all on your own.

Here are 5 people that will make your life a little easier:

  • Academic Advisor: your academic advisor is THE go-to person for all questions about courses, study abroad opportunities, and financial aid. Although their main focus is your schoolwork, they should be your starting point for ANY of your college concerns. Don’t be afraid to build a relationship with them. It’s better for both of you if you make an effort to be more than just a number, get to know them!
  • Internship Coordinator: the coordinator is the person you’ll report to for any opportunities about internships. This person will have information about opportunities with companies near and far & can get you started. You’ll report to them once you’ve completed an internship.  They take care of all the administrative paperwork to make sure you get credit.
  • Teaching Assistant or TA: In many classes, you may have a TA or an assistant to your professor. You’ll probably have more interaction with them than your actual professor. But that’s beneficial to you, because with a TA, you can get more one-on-one help by going to visit them during office hours. Don’t be afraid to get to know your TA, because they are there to help YOU! It may be intimidating to approach them at first, but it’s much better for YOU in the long run.
  • Dean of College of Head Or Your Major Department: Your college dean or department head is someone to get to know as a networking opportunity. By getting to know them, you could open doors for yourself, since they are already in your desired field of work. And who knows? They could become a reference for future employment opportunities.
  • Resident Advisor or RA:  Living in a dorm, you will have an RA or advisor on your floor. This person will serve as a guidance counselor and resource for ANYTHING you need while in college. They are usually an upperclassman, so they know their way around the campus and what it has to offer. If you have any problems socially or academically you can go to them. You will WANT to get to know them, as they can be like an older sister/brother or mentor to help ease the stress of life as a college freshman.

These 5 people are crucial to having a successful college career. BE more than just a number on your campus!

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Shannon Smith

Shannon Smith

Shannon Smith is a senior at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign pursuing a degree in Broadcast Journalism. She loves to help others and hopes to be a television anchor. On campus, Shannon serves as the Vice President of her dance team, as well as a mentor to incoming freshmen. When she's not in school or working, Shannon enjoys traveling, eating, watching movies with friends and trying new things.