Incoming freshmen tips

5 Tips For Incoming Freshmen From A Seasoned Vet

It's Back-to-School month!

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It's officially August, which means many of us leave home for a few months to this thing called college. To those of you that start your college adventure in merely weeks, here are 5 tips I think could help you out!


1. Don’t underestimate the hatred you will have for 8:30am classes

Honestly, no matter how early you used to wake up in high school, it is NOT the same.

2. Plan out your 'study days' so you can enjoy the 'party days'

I know it sounds basic, but you never truly understand how easily time flies by until you have an event you really want to go to and you need to study because you didn't do anything all week.

3. Go to your school games, no matter how good or bad they are

You'll enjoy every minute of it with your friends, believe me.

4. Don't feel pressured to do anything for the sake of fitting in

You don't want to go to that frat party your friends are talking about? Don't go! Stand your ground, do what you think is best and everything will work itself out.

5. Enjoy it

Freshman year went by so quickly, I didn't even realize I was going to sophomore year until like two weeks ago. Enjoy your first year in your new home and remember, if next summer you don't want to be back in your college town by July, you're probably not in the college!

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To The Nursing Major During The Hardest Week Of The Year

I know that no grade can possibly prove what kind of nurse you will be. I know that no assignment will showcase your compassion. I know that no amount of bad days will ever take away the empathy inside of you that makes you an exceptional nurse.

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To the Nursing Major During Finals Week,

I know you're tired, I know you're stressed, and I know you feel like you can't go on. I know that no part of this seems fair, and I know you are by far the biggest critic of yourself. I know that you've thought about giving up. I know that you feel alone. I know that you wonder why in the world you chose one of the hardest college majors, especially on the days it leaves you feeling empty and broken.

But, I also know that you love nursing school. I know your eyes light up when you're with patients, and I know your heart races when you think of graduation. I know that you love the people that you're in school with, like truly, we're-all-in-this-together, family type of love. I know that you look at the older nurses with admiration, just hoping and praying that you will remain that calm and composed one day. I know that every time someone asks what your college major is that you beam with pride as you tell them it's nursing, and I know that your heart skips a beat knowing that you are making a difference.

I know that no grade can possibly prove what kind of nurse you will be. I know that no assignment will showcase your compassion. I know that a failed class doesn't mean you aren't meant to do this. I know that a 'C' on a test that you studied so. dang. hard. for does not mean that you are not intelligent. I know that no amount of bad days will ever take away the empathy inside of you that makes you an exceptional nurse.

I know that nursing school isn't fair. I know you wish it was easier. I know that some days you can't remember why it's worth it. I know you want to go out and have fun. I know that staying up until 1:00 A.M. doing paperwork, only to have to be up and at clinicals before the sun rises is not fair. I know that studying this much only to be failing the class is hard. I know you wish your friends and family understood. I know that this is difficult.

Nursing school isn't glamorous, with the white lab coat and stethoscope. Nursing school is crying, randomly and a lot. Nursing school is exhaustion. Nursing school is drinking so much coffee that you lose track. Nursing school is being so stressed that you can't eat. Nursing school is four cumulative finals jam-packed into one week that is enough to make you go insane.

But, nursing school is worth it. I know that when these assignments are turned in and finals are over, that you will find the motivation to keep going. I know that one good day of making a difference in a patient's life is worth a hundred bad days of nursing school.

Keep hanging in there, nursing majors. It'll all be worth it— this I know, for sure.

So, if you have a nursing major in your life, hug them and tell them that you're proud of them. Nursing school is tough, nursing school is scary, and nursing school is overwhelming; but a simple 'thank-you' from someone we love is all we need to keep going.

Sincerely,

A third-year nursing student who knows

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I'm In College But I Don't Know What I'm Doing With My Life

I'm going with the flow.

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I'm in college, but I don't know what I'm doing with my life. I entered as a freshman with a clear-cut path and a foreseeable goal: a four-year degree in journalism with a minor in photography so that I could one day be a photojournalist for National Geographic. However, life has a funny way of changing things around and turning plans upside down. I realized about halfway through my first semester that I did NOT want to complete my degree in journalism. I love to write, but looking at all the classes I would have to take exhausted me. So, I switched to Cinematic Arts. After all, I like photography, creative writing, and video editing, and this major encompasses all of those things.

So now here I am, at the end of my sophomore year, about to begin the two-year program in the fall. I have an idea of what I might like to do, but I really don't know at this point. People are starting to ask me what my plans are post-graduation, and honestly, I don't know yet.

When you're in college, you have to balance a million different things: classes, a social life, roommates, dorm responsibilities, a balanced sleep schedule, etc. Sometimes it can get really overwhelming. And I just wanted to let all of my fellow college students know that if you don't know exactly what you're going to do with your life, that's okay. Just the fact that you're in college pursuing a higher education in the first place is awesome.

I know I may not end up getting a job in the field of my degree - sometimes it just turns out that way. But for now, I know with confidence that I'm following an educational path in things that I'm actually passionate about and have a talent for. So even though I don't know what the next bit of my life will look like, I know that I'm on my way.

I don't have to worry about it now. I'm taking things one day at a time. Matthew 6:34 says, "Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough troubles of its own." I don't know about you, but I'm inclined to agree with Jesus. I know that He has a clear-cut plan for my life and that I'm meant to be at Liberty University. I trust that He will provide a path for me - but even if He doesn't, that's still okay. Because the reality of it is, nobody ever really knows exactly what they're doing in life. Life is new to everybody, constantly changing and ever-evolving. So if I don't know what I'm going to do as of right now, so be it. I'm just going to accept that, go with the flow, and take life one step at a time so that I don't miss anything.

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