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Advice for Newcomers

By Cassie Pearson: Features Editor
On October 6, 2015

Advice for Newcomers 

Cassie Pearson

Features Editor

Moving to a new school can be scary, but when you find yourself facing a new town with your family hours away, it can be downright terrifying. Returning students reach out with their advice on how to make your first year at Plymouth State University a great one.

1.Don’t stress over choosing a major.

Kendal Lariviere, a junior English major, has some advice from an academic standpoint. She points out the importance of not getting caught up in picking a major right away. “Take a variety of classes and figure out what really interests you. You might discover that a particular major is perfect match for you, even if you’ve never considered it before,” said Lariviere.

2.Changing your major is okay.

Another thing to consider is not being afraid to switch your major. Yes, it happens. Going into the school year you might think English is your calling but then discover it is just not for you. It is a okay to decide that the major first intended just isn’t what the rest of your life should be.

3.Don’t skip out on the work.

Remember that schoolwork is why you came to college. The degree is the end goal, and even though skipping class and not doing assignments seems like a good idea, you won’t be happy about it when you see the amount of debt accumulated and low grades that don’t reflect your intelligence.

4.Don’t eat alone.

Don’t be afraid to reach out to people going to the dining hall. It can be a great way to make unexpected friends.

5.Try new things.

Lariviere had some more great advice. She said, “Be open to new experiences and ideas, and step out of your comfort zone as much as possible!” There are so many hidden opportunities around every corner. You just have to keep your eyes open. Joining clubs can be a great way to find your niche.

6.Never underestimate the importance of having your own water.

Emma Dodds, a sophomore Marketing major, had some dorm advice for first years. “Always have fresh water and plan ahead,” said Dodds. There was always a pack of water bottles in her room, ready for her to bring to class or keep by her bed at night.

7.Roommate communication is key.

Create a roommate agreement that all of you living in the room can follow. This is a great way to work on keeping the close quarters comfortable and increase the likeliness of your friendship developing.

8.Always have food at the ready.

Don’t forget to keep your food supply full. There are a few staples that every college kid should keep in their dorm. These necessities include: ramen, mac and cheese, Cheese-itz, and Gatorade.

9.Shower etiquette.

If you walk away from this article only having learned one thing, let it be this one: “Always wear flip flops when it comes to showering in a dorm. That is very key,” said Drey Palmer, a junior Sports Management major. You don’t know the other hundred people showering in the same showers as you so make sure your taking precautions for your health.

10.Be social.

Make sure to step out of your comfort zone (AKA leave your room) and talk to people. Friendships are one of the best ways to make college a worthwhile experience, minus the degree of course.

Your college experience is what you make of it. Take the time to expand your horizons, and be true to yourself. 

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