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Don't be afraid of college: You got this!

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The transition from high school to college is scary.

Moving to a new place, leaving friends and family, studying something you could be doing for the rest of your life and more are all intimidating factors to face when moving into this new environment.

But you’ve got this.

The journey might be stressful, but it’s also going to be fun. Probably the most fun you’re ever going to have.

Never again are you going to be in such close quarters with so many people the same age as you.

Never again are you going to experience the sudden rush of freedom you feel when you finally start college.

It’s normal to have fears when starting college, but college truly is something you must experience before you understand it.

1. Meet new people

You will be shocked at the number of friends you will make your freshman year of college. Whether it is in classes, in your dorm room or in clubs, college is full of people.

Don’t be afraid to meet new people and put yourself out there. Out of the 25,000 people on campus, you are bound to find someone with the same interests as you. Have fun! Be outgoing and meet people you will be spending the next few years of your life with. When you look back 20 years from now, you still might be friends with some of the people you met this year.

2. Get involved

OSU is full of opportunities to get involved in all kinds of organizations. Whether that’s the Bee Club, Greek life, Anime club and more, OSU has just about every club and organizations you can think of.

During your first week at OSU, a lot of student organizations will have booths around the union and library. Use this as your chance to gather information on any organization you might be interested in.

Don’t be afraid to reach out. Student organizations are one of the best ways to get involved on campus. These are also great opportunities to meet new people, maybe even your new best friend!

3. Ask for help

College is hard. Don’t be afraid to ask for help!

Everyone has a class they struggle with. Whether it’s a general education class or related to your major, you are bound to struggle at some point with a class.

Luckily, OSU is full of resources to help you! The LASSO center, recourses in the library and more are always available to help tutor you and get you the grade you need! Also don’t be afraid to talk to your professors. Most are more than happy to help!

Classes are not the only thing you can struggle with in college. Take care of yourself mentally, too.

Balancing life, classes, clubs and more can very challenging to anyone. If you find yourself struggling, make sure you visit OSU’s Counseling Services to get the help you need.

4. Go to events

OSU is full of awesome events that all students can attend! OSU’s Student Union Activities Board is especially great at bringing unique activities and opportunities to our campus!

My favorite event is watching movies on library lawn. Nothing beats being outside while watching movies on a huge projector screen with your friends.

This is just one example of what happens on campus. OSU also brings in speakers like Terry Crews and Tyra Banks just this last year! Petting zoos are often brought in to help students destress and check out some interesting and exotic animals. Really, the possibilities are endless at OSU!

OSU is full of exciting and interesting things to do, all you have to do is reach out and take that first step. The journey is long, but entirely worth it. College really is what you make it.

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