First-Year Students Offered Words of Advice and Encouragement

If you are a first-year student who is nervous about starting your college journey, you are not alone! It is normal to initially experience concerns about classes, roommates, and being away from your familiar surroundings. When asked about what advice they would give first-year students, many students and alumni had a similar theme: Get involved!
Here are some words of advice from those who were once where you are today.

My advice for incoming students is to try everything and focus on what makes them the happiest. I remember being involved with the campus activities team, going on trips, working in theater, and creating videos for the athletic teams. Being involved with so many spaces allowed me to hone in on what I do best.

Kyle Conti ’20, M’22, Cinema and Digital Media and Journalism; MA in Communication

As someone interested in foreign affairs, getting the chance to go to a different country and indulge in the language and culture was a practical way for me to learn about foreign policy, This kind of experience is very rare and something that can set you apart from many applicants in the job market.

Benedicta Kwarteng ’23, International Studies; Politics and Government; minor in French

Take the leap! Join the club, make the connections, and don’t hold back. These opportunities are bound to let you make bonds that will last a lifetime.

Teagan Devoe '22, Health Sciences/Physical Therapy

Cultivate relationships with your professors. The professors are nice as it is, and they want their students to succeed. When students make the effort to go to them when they need help, or just stop by their office to tell them about what’s going on in their lives, the professors will be more than willing to help.

Ryan Gorneault ‘22, M'23, Communication

Manage your time wisely, and don’t put things off to the last minute. Stay organized with an agenda of the assignments due so you won’t forget. Lastly, the best way to be in-the-know is to ask questions and use the resources that you have available to you.

Kicha Panthiere ‘23, Psychology

Always reach out to your professors and make sure to have a good relationship with them. They are there to help you succeed.

Jennifer Lauria-Errico '22, Radiologic Technology