NSU seniors give advice to incoming freshman
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NSU seniors give advice to incoming freshman

Published 3/29/18

Ciarra Hankins

TNE Writer

As college seniors are finishing up their college career, high school seniors are preparing to start their college journey. Graduating college seniors and graduating high seniors are preparing to take on a stage of life that could be filled with many unknowns. Various college seniors were asked what advice they would give to incoming freshmen. Here are some of their responses.

“I would advise an incoming freshman to make the most out of the their freshman year,” said Sidney Collier, Idabel senior. “After that first year, it only gets harder and harder to have an actual life. Get involved and hang out with friends to build those relationships and much as you can while you do not have as many responsibilities and commitments. You will look back and miss those times so much when you are leaving. They will be your most cherished memories!”

Collier urges students to make the most of their time in college. She said that it continues to get more stressful the longer that one is in school. She got involved in Greek life early on and has stayed busy holding many leadership positions in the Tri Sigma sorority.

“Don’t be afraid to try anything,” said Caleb Cline, Broken Arrow senior. “College is the place where you will grow into the person who you are meant to be.”

So often students will struggle with a class and forget to utilize the resources that are on campus to help them. Professors at NSU are often willing to help those who are willing to help themselves.

“Be sure to save some of your general education classes for your junior and senior year,” said Kayla Martin, Mustang senior. “When you are deep in your major classes, it's nice to have a variety of course work and possibly a GPA buffer as well.”

It is common knowledge that upper-level classes tend to be more challenging. Saving some of the general education classes can help a student’s class load not be as heavy. General education classes are also often offered every semester unlike certain upper-level classes. It is important to speak with an advisor when planning a schedule to stay on track to graduate on time.

My advice would be to not limit yourself to staying in your dorm room,” said Melyssa Lynch, Heavner senior. “Go out and do everything on campus and off campus. Make new friends because college is where I found my people and I wouldn’t have been able to do that if I would have stayed in my room the whole time.”

There are so many ways to get involved at NSU. There are a great amount of organizations and events that help students network and get out of their dorm rooms. If there is not an organization that interests a student, they have the opportunity to create one.

Education is the main priority when coming to college, but that does not mean one cannot enjoy their time as a RiverHawk.

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