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Take it from the seniors: Seniors share freshman year do's and don'ts

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OSU seniors offer advice to incoming freshmen.

Students arrive to begin their freshman year at Oklahoma State every fall semester.

For some incoming freshmen, college is the start of an exciting new journey. It is a place for students to grow, find their passion and have fun. However, for others college can seem overwhelming and daunting. Lucky for them, seniors have endured it all and know what to do and to avoid.

  • Do: Find out where your classes are located before the first day.

“I remember my first day of classes, I was so nervous,” Spencer Webster, an accounting senior, said. “I didn’t prepare for the amount of people there would be and how far apart the buildings are. I ended up sitting in an astronomy class for fifteen minutes before realizing it wasn’t Comp I. I definitely should’ve planned beforehand.”

  • Don’t: Skip class.

“I know that 8 a.m. class might be rough, but it makes a huge difference when you connect with your professors and show them you care,” Jessica Blevins a hospitality and tourism management senior, said. “If you attend class, not only will you learn something, your professors will notice and are more likely to help you out.”

  • Do: Learn how to manage your time wisely.

“The biggest piece of advice I have is to figure out how to balance your time so you can enjoy all the things college and OSU has to offer,” Peter Ramsdale, a mechanical and aerospace engineering senior, said. “It can be hard to manage school, sleep and a social life, but you have to find a way to do it that works for you by taking advantage of campus resources.” 

  • Don’t: Forget to have fun.

“It’s important not to sweat the small stuff. Don’t spend too much time stressing over a bad grade or worrying too much about appearance. College is about experiences and finding yourself,” Pierce Gunnars, a computer science senior, said. “Just have fun and learn as much as you can. These four years will be over before you know it.”