10 Thoughts All Freshmen Have During Their First Semester

10 Thoughts All Freshmen Have During Their First Semester

It’s only been one semester... why does it feel like its been four years already?

So far, college has been great. I've experienced a ton of new things, good and bad, and here are the thoughts that have run through my mind since the start of it all:

1. Where am I going?

I know I'm not the only one who walked around aimlessly trying to find my classes and to be honest, I still don't know which buildings are where.

2. Why did I schedule an 8 AM?

I feel like this is way too many of us, even if we were told not to do it, we did it anyway.

3. I'm not going to class today.

Yeah, me either.

4. Should I drink or study the night away?

Let's be honest, priorities are fuzzy at this point. We're freshmen, what do we know?

5. I should have studied instead of going out.

It catches the best of us, even if you think you're fine, you're really not.

6. Why do I have to buy my own Scantrons?

Okay, this is super annoying and I always forget to buy them, and once test day arrives everyone in my contacts list gets a text. Shoutout to the real ones with extras.

7. When is Christmas break?

This one goes out to all classes, freshmen especially.

8. Can you swipe me in?

I can't count the number of people I've had to swipe into the dining hall, but I'm not complaining because I paid for these swipes, so someone needs to use them.

9. Which one of you is sober?

Drinking and driving is a large issue, but making sure someone you know is sober at the party is something I preach, so if you don't know about this, start now.

10. Sh*t, I forgot to write the essay.

Actually shows up to 8 AM... forgets to write an essay. Oh, and don't forget the embarrassment of not turning one in and the professor noticing - they will call you out on it.

All in all, it's been a rollercoaster of trials and tribulations. With that being said, remember next semester to not schedule a class before 10 AM, actually go to class, and be mindful of which nights are OK to go out. Now, let's get that degree.

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Professors change students' outlook on learning

Which professor you get DOES matter.

The professor makes the class.

This statement could not be more true, in my opinion. Students can take courses on the most riveting topics, but not learn or understand due to a bad professor. Luckily, most of the professors I have encountered have been engaging and have opened my mind to learning new things.

I am currently studying journalism, which is a subject I already love. However, my professor Dr. B is so incredibly passionate about the field. Every class she shares stories and anecdotes about her time as a journalist for a major Canadian newspaper, and her enthusiasm is contagious. As a student journalist, it is exciting to hear stories from someone who has had vast experience in the field. Her excitement inspires me to be just as passionate about my future career.

I am also studying political science, and I am enrolled in the African Politics course. Prior to the class, I had no knowledge of African Politics. I took the course because I wanted to learn a new subject, and I knew that Dr. Ziemke would have endless experiences to share. Because I had previously taken her for International Relations, I knew that she had worked in Africa as a volunteer on the Peace Corps, and she had a deep connection to Africa. Her passion, humor, and stories are what make a three-hour long class bearable.

Passionate professors create passionate students who are prepared and excited to improve their fields of study. These professors shape and mold students, give students encouragement and support, challenge students, and help students reach their potential. Professors have so much power to influence the future through their students.

It is important to understand how much a professor can truly affect how invested students are in a topic. When students have subpar professors, they tune out and do what they need to do in order to pass. When presented with a passionate, engaging professor, students take a deeper interest in the material. They put forth more effort because they understand the value of the topic being studied and want to tackle any issues in that field.

I truly believe that professors have the power to make or break a class.

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I Changed My Major, And So Can You

​One of the hardest parts of college is choosing what you want to get out of college.

One of the hardest parts of college is choosing what you want to get out of college. There’s a lot to think about when you choose where you want to go. Do you want a big or small school, in or out of state, weather, the full college experience, etc.

A decision that is left to be made once you’ve already committed to a school is what you’re going to do after graduation. Your major often reflects this decision. Some know exactly what they want to do and others take a little more time to figure it out.

(AKA me)

I did running start in high school and graduated with my associate’s. Then I came to WSU to pursue a degree in public relations. I was sure working in PR for a non-profit was what I wanted to do but turns out, it’s not.

I am now pursuing a double major in Speech and Hearing Sciences and I plan to be a speech therapist after school. My plans changed quite a bit in the two years I was at WSU.

For anyone else who’s still thinking about what you want your major to be or maybe changing your major, here’s some advice from my experience with trying to figure out my life all at once.

1. Cut yourself some slack

It’s okay to change your mind or not know what you want to do yet. Don’t let people fool you, most of us don’t have it all figured out.

2. Talk to people in the careers you’re interested in

Going out and talking to people in the field you’re interested in is more helpful than talking to an advisor or your professor. When I was thinking about speech therapy, the advisors at WSU didn't know much about it and I learned more from talking to real speech therapists.

3. Take the baby steps

It’s overwhelming if you need to change your major or you start thinking too far into the future. It’s important to slow down and think about what needs to be done now and worrying about the rest when it’s time. When I decided to double major I started thinking about how I would need to apply for more loans, get an apartment, take the GRE but the only thing I needed to do at the time was email my advisor. I could figure out the rest later.

4. What’s important to you?

I’ve always wanted to work with kids and have a job that helps people. It’s also important for me to have a job that is flexible for when I have a family. After talking to family friends and looking into speech therapy, it sounded like the perfect career to me. I could work in the school district and have the same breaks as my future kids.

5. Will you be able to find a job?

Most people go to college to get a job. This is something to consider when choosing a major because some career fields are more competitive than others. If I'm going to pay for graduate school, I want to be able to find a job right away. Speech pathology is a growing field and I shouldn't have a problem finding a job.

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