Dear Incoming Freshman: A Reflection Letter
Since the beginning of this semester, a lot of things have changed. I would be lying if I said that one of those things wasn’t my motivation but hey, that’s natural! As a young adult, I have developed immensely in this short amount of time. Being away from my parents, in a new setting, and having to manage time by myself has taught me a lot about myself thus far. I sometimes wish I could write a note to my past self to read before I started my freshman year. Self-reflection is a wonderful thing. So as the end of the semester approaches, I wanted to take some time to write a letter to future freshman on all the ins-and-outs of starting your first semester at the University of Findlay!
Dear incoming freshman,
You’ve made it! You’re finally on your own. Now I know that you are beyond excited to start this new journey of your life; so excited you might even look like this:
Before you start, however, let me give you some tips to remember:
First, take every opportunity you have to meet new people, but don’t worry if you don’t find your best friend the first week. Friendships can take a while to form, but once they do never let them go. I have met so many new friends and it has only been one semester. Be thankful for the people that you will meet because they are amazing.
Studying is hard. When I say hard, I mean hard. Harder than any studying you’ve done before. College is a lot different than high school, and I know you’ve probably heard that a million times, but take it from me. Learn how to study right from the get-go; it will help you tremendously. Take school seriously. It is what you’re hear for. Although college is very social, staying in one night to finish homework won’t hurt, trust me. Don’t forget to get lots of coffee at Jazzman’s too! Nothing goes together quite like caffeine and homework (and some more caffeine).
Go to campus events. This is stressed right when you step onto campus and that is for good reason. Staying in your room might sound nice when you first get here (moving in is tiring) but take my word when I say getting out is important. I made a lot of connections early by going to all of the Welcome Week activities the university offers. So please, for me, don’t skip out!
Don’t be afraid to get close to your professors! One of the beauties of going to a relatively small school is being able to have personal attention. This is one of the benefits of our school that I mentioned in my previous blog post. Just because they are your teachers does not mean that they can’t be your friend too. I was surprised by how close I became with a few of my psychology professors, and feel comfortable to continue pursuing a psychology major knowing my professors have my back. So go to office hours, stay after class to ask questions, and say hi to your professors. They will love it and you will too!
Last but not least, have fun! Although school is important and establishing a good base for the rest of your life is necessary, it is also important that you enjoy your college years. I have spent many hours in the library studying when I already know the material and have missed out on fun things that my friends have done. Am I saying that you shouldn’t care about school? Of course not. So what am I trying to say? You will never get these years back. You have your whole life to work. Cherish the memories that you will make, not only as a freshman but throughout your collegiate years. Enjoy yourself.