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.

Get out of your comfort zone. Complacency is the worst thing you can do. Do not be afraid to put yourself out there and try EVERYTHING offered.

Aurian Emami ‘20, Electromechanical Engineering Technology

Make connections and discover those opportunities. The University offers so many things, but it is up to you to take advantage of them on your own.

James Pinckney ‘20, Computer Science

Get to know your professors because they are really helpful and have resources to help you succeed. Also understand your strengths and weaknesses to help control your time management because you are now an independent student and will have to balance a lot to make the most of your time and experience at UHart.

Caitlin Maralack ‘20, Marketing, Communication, Data Analytics and Managerial Economics

Get involved. I have made lifelong friends in clubs and organizations and have gotten so much out of these groups—both academically and socially.

James Brino ‘20, Mechanical Engineering

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 A’20, ‘22, Communication

It is going to be scary and uncomfortable at first, but you will soon realize that these are the best times of your life. Don't take them for granted.

Nicole Etta ‘20, Risk Management and Insurance

You will learn more about yourself and your personal interests than you could ever imagine. UHart has a glowing community that wants to see you grow and become the professional you are meant to be.

Jacob Lamoureux A’19, ‘20, Communication

It might seem intimidating at first, but people work really hard to make you feel welcome when joining a club or organization. You get to meet people who have similar interests, make new friends, learn new skills, and even expand your views by hearing different opinions.

Kieu-My Nguyen ‘20, Health Sciences Pre-Professional Program

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 A’21, ‘23, Psychology

Take full advantage of all the opportunities you have at UHart! Join groups, especially professional groups for your major, attend campus events, career events, and get to know you classmates! Most of all, be open to new experiences!

Michaela Mueller ‘20, Civil Engineering

My advice is to be a well-rounded person. Keep a healthy balance of your studies, social time, and personal care.

Abigail Pollock ‘20, Music Education

Show up to class, even at 8 a.m., and don’t just talk to an advisor when it is time to make your schedule...My professors prepared me to do work in the real world by engaging us intellectually.

Olaleye Onikuyide ‘20, Economics, Politics and Government