Entering into her second year in her four and a half program, Jaylin Strub, sophomore architectural engineering major, is the front desk assistant at the Oklahoma State’s Student Union. At her position, she assists and helps students find their way in the union.
Q: Do you have any advice for incoming freshmen?
A: Honestly, I would just say, try to get involved and make sure to stay on top of things. There’s a lot of things I didn’t know and things I needed to experience from last year and so, I would definitely just try to get out of the dorm and meet new people.
Q: What are you going to do this year that’s going to be different than last year?
A: Well, first of all, I’m going to go to football tailgates. That’s for sure. We didn’t have any of those (last year). But also, I mean, I joined a sorority last year, just like a non-panhellenic. I think there’s a lot of things we weren’t able to do and just things that were completely different. So, I’m kind of excited to actually hug people and get to see them without their masks on.
Q: What’s the most exciting part about going into this school year?
A: I think, honestly, being able to actually like go to class. I think last year was hard to find motivation and this year I’m excited to see people, meet friends, actually get to know the professors and just be in that environment.
Q: Do you have any advice for students in class? Any little nuggets of wisdom?
A: I would say definitely pay attention. I fall asleep a lot, but I would definitely pay attention and go to class for sure. I know attendance, I think, is mandatory this year - last year it wasn’t. So, that was kind of hard. A lot of people did not go to class. I tried to go to class, don’t get me wrong, but I would say definitely go and do everything you can.
Q: What advice do you have for students to keep their eye on the prize (graduation).
A: I would say if you can get to know someone above, in upper years, that’s pretty cool. Not only to kind of see where you are going but also, to help you get through it. I really like internships and things like that I had one last summer. Just kind of getting me into it (her field) and just knowing that you actually like to do that can motivate you to keep going.