10 Tips To Surviving Your Freshmen Year

10 Tips To Surviving Your Freshmen Year

If you follow these tips, you will not crash and burn.

It's freshmen year! Welcome newbies to our orange family. I can tell you that it is going to be an amazing year, but I will give you a couple extra tips on how to make it the best year.

1. The first 6 weeks are crucial.

Get out there! The first six weeks are when everyone is out searching to meet new people and explore the campus. So go out (even if it's a little awkward) and say hi to people in your class, your hall, and your floor. You won't regret it.

2. Join clubs!

If you join clubs, you will be able to find people who have the same interest and you can bond!

3. Invest in a Tile.

If you are clumsy like me and lose things very easily, get a Tile! It will save you so much time and effort. Trust me.

4. Don't wear your lanyard.

If you wear it, it is automatically "Freshman alert!" Don't be that freshman.

5. Go to class.

This is so cliché, but really obviously, you should go to class. You are paying so much at Syracuse that it would money down the drain. You can take a nap later.

6. Buy all of the apparel.

This is your school! Take pride and rep your school as much as you can. When you graduate, it won't be as acceptable to go to work in your SU apparel.

7. Keep up with your readings.

A lot of the time, professors will assign copious amounts of reading that will not be checked. It's so easy to push it aside and do the homework that is graded. However, speaking from experience, the readings will come up in tests, essays, and other quizzes, so if you do it now, you won't have a mountain of it to do during finals week.

8. Know that your roommate doesn't have to be your best friend.

A lot of people come into college expecting to find a roommate who will become their best friend. This is possible. However, sometime this doesn't always work out. Don't sweat it! You just need to be good roommates who can live together peacefully.

9. You do you.

There are so many people in college (like too many, actually). You don't ever need to be fake. There are plenty of people on campus to find your perfect friend group.

10. Enjoy yourself and have fun.

All things aside, just have fun. You have finally made it to college and it is your time to shine. You are going to do amazing and you will have the best year of your life.

Have an amazing year freshies! Go orange!

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12 Signs You're A Nursing Student

Other than the fact that you're constantly seen in scrubs.

Nursing school is...an adventure. There is nothing quite as exciting or draining as going through the process of becoming a nurse. Some days you're helping to care for tiny babies, and then other days you're off doing wound care for pressure ulcers. Nursing school is like a box of chocolate, you never know what you're gonna get.

There are some key signs in people that show when they're in nursing school. I know my friends and I definitely have these characteristics (whether we want them or not).

1. Your body has no concept of time. Night shift, day shift, there's no time for sleeping. There's no time for anything but studying and work. What day is it? You don't know unless there's an exam.

2. You're addicted to coffee because of the lack of the whole time concept. You can drink coffee and fall asleep right after finishing the cup. Does coffee even work anymore? Does it matter? Oh well, still going to drink the entire pot.

3. Nothing phases you. Poop? Vomit? Yeah, no. I have cleaned up a friend's vomit without even questioning it.

4. You freak out about exams like no other. What do you know? What do you not know? What is pharmacology and why does it hate you? Why doesn't your brain understand neurology? How do you study 10 lectures in one week? WHAT WILL BE ON THE EXAM, JUST TELL US, PLEASE.

5. You can talk about anything during a meal without getting grossed out. Except your non-nursing friends do get really grossed out. You have to filter your conversations when you're at lunch with them. All your friends say things to you like:

6. Your friends never see you. You're either hiding in your room studying, going crazy in clinicals, or working your life away. "Hey, want to hang out?" "Yeah, I'm free next month...actually, next year is better for me."

7. You have two forms: study hyper-drive super-human and half dead maybe-human. "Ahhhhhhhh, gotta study, gotta study! *stays up until 5 am studying*" versus "How am I still living? *passes out facefirst into bed*."

8. You have a very odd habit of complimenting people's veins.

9. You use therapeutic communication during regular daily life. But you don't ask why. "How does that make you feel?"

10. You spend a lot of time during lectures wondering if anyone else is as confused as you. Somebody explain endocrinology to me? Hemodynamic stability? Anyone?

11. You constantly ask yourself why you chose the major you chose, but you know you care too much to change majors. There's no turning back for you.

12. But most importantly, you understand that no matter how much school sucks, you're going to be making a major difference in so many lives. And that's what really matters.

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13 Thoughts Broadcast Journalism Majors Have When Piecing Together Their First News Story

Quiet on the set.


So you've decided that you want to be a Broadcast Journalist?

Many different thoughts go through you're while trying to first off figure out what story you want to pursue. After that, it's just a matter of getting everything that is needed for it and then putting it together.

For all clarity and purposes, I have already turned in my first news story, however as I was completing it, some (if not all) of these thoughts (or a variation of them) came across my mind at some point during the process.

1. Ok, so what are the important parts to my story?


And how do I convey those things to my viewers?

2. What b-roll should I get?

B-roll is supplemental or alternative footage intercut with the main shot.

3. Do I have all the interviews I need?


Who are the essential figures in this story?

4. What's my angle? How do I stick to it?

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Who do I need to interview for it?

5. What questions should I ask in my interview?


And more importantly, What type of questions will get me the answers I want?

6. What are the important facts?


Should they all be included?

7. Do my voice overs cover everything that my interviews don't?


What else is needed for this story?

8. Agh, my video is over the 1 minute and 30 seconds allowed time.


Do I reduce it or do I leave it as is? I guess it depends on how much its over.

9. How should I say my tageline at the end of the video?

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The tagline is when the reporter says their name and their station affiliation at the end of their story.

10. Should I include a standup? Where should it be?


What do I want to say?

11. Should I include a graphic?

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Is there something that can be said in a list form that the viewers need to see? Is it symptoms of a disease? Event details?

12. How do I make my interviews connect with my voice overs?


Does what I am saying make sense?

13. What does my script need to look like?


Should I add a NAT pop here? What SOT (Sound on Tape) do I want to use?

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