Words of Wisdom From Current College Students

The saying usually goes that “your college experience will be four of the best years of your life.” So why is that? The answer can’t simply be stated in one sentence or concept. College changes young students into young professionals.

As you will see by reading the following quotes below, college has meant something different to each of these individuals. Not only have they learned how to adapt to the independent lifestyle, but how to make the most of it.

There are so many books, articles, and rumors out there that try to inform high school students of what to expect. I figured that providing some advice from current college students would be the most raw, accurate way for you to know what you are getting yourself into.

I asked a variety of people I knew to give high school students some insight by answering this one question:

“What one piece of advice would you give incoming freshman students about college life?”

I would recommend for a freshman to join clubs! I’ve met some of my best friends in my scholars group and sorority. Find a place where you feel home and welcome. Find a club that not only has people that you share common interests with, but one that also makes you want to make a difference!” ~Stephanie Jasper

Let go of self consciousness. Doing what feels right to you is the path to happiness. I didn’t want to ever stay in because I didn’t want people to think I had no friends, and I didn’t want to study alone or eat alone for the same reasons.” ~Ali Goergen

Sometimes do something only because you’ve never done it before.” ~Mike Xavier

Get involved. I wish I did more my freshman year to meet more people because I was so shy and didn’t know anyone here.” ~ Kristi Murphy

Beware of your health—the freshman 15 sneaks up on you. Maintain an active lifestyle and be conscientious of the kind of food you eat. Working out has many benefits for decreasing stress and helps you build a fit and healthy body.” ~Alysa Birdsall

Step out of your comfort zone and try new things. If some of the things you apply for or try out don’t work, don’t give up. I’m entering my senior year and I haven’t stopped going for opportunities because every try, acceptance or rejection, helps build character.” ~Glenna Zofcin

Although cliche, I would say join as many clubs as possible because that’s the easiest way to make friends quickly.” ~Chuck Chiara

Everyone is in the same boat. Everyone wants to meet new people and start off their college life right. Embrace this moment where everyone is willing to make friends and branch out! Leave your dorm room door open so people can stop in and say ‘hi.’ Introduce yourself to as many people as possible because you all have something in common—you’re all doing this for the first time.” ~Brittany Rhea

After reading these answers from various college students, I’m sure you can grasp the theme. The best thing you can do as an incoming freshman is to inquire about the clubs and facilities your school has to offer.

Obviously one of the biggest pieces of advice was to get involved! Join clubs, sports teams, sororities, musical groups, professional organizations…etc. These activities will help you maintain that active lifestyle and make new friends.

I think my best friend Britt put it perfectly—you’re all in the same boat. College is a completely new territory for everyone who is starting their freshman year. Don’t be afraid to walk up and say “hello” to a fellow student. Who knows, maybe they’ll be your future roommate? Or even better yet—best friend.

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Stephanie Vlk

Stephanie Vlk

Stephanie Vlk is a junior at the University of Dayton pursuing a degree in communication with a concentration in electronic media as well as a minor in English. While not in class, Stephanie is involved in a service fraternity, Alpha Phi Omega, and a honors professional fraternity, Phi Beta Chi. Outside of academic and community activities, she enjoys dancing hip hop, reading, spending time with friends, and doing yoga.