Dear College Freshman,
Welcome! You are about to enter into one of the most exciting and crazy years of your life. If you’re anything like me you are experiencing a bundle of emotions ranging to anticipation to complete and utter fear.
My freshman year was full so many new things and there were many points when I felt a little lost. I often wished there was some sort of survival guide for making it through all the newness. I learned so many things and I would love to impart a little bit of wisdom to you for your first year of college.
1. Actually get involved in something. Everyone will tell you this, but honestly finding a group of people with similar interest as you is the easiest way to make friendships.
2. Find a church and get involved. I found it really beneficial to attend a church regularly and serve in some ministries there. It is nice to have a group of people apart from Nyack students to spend time with.
3. Reach out to your roommate and those on your hall. These people are your family at least for the year so work on building relationships and having tons of fun.
5. Have fun, but don’t get crazy. College is so much fun just make sure you’re not doing something that ruins your chances of finding success at college.
6. Get to know your teachers. The teachers here at Nyack truly care about their students so take advantage of their knowledge as well as getting to know them outside the classroom.
7. Make a new friend every day! There are so many cool and interesting people worth getting to know in life. Get out of your comfort zone every day and meet some great people in return.
8. Keep in contact. I moved eight hours away when I came to school and that distance means I have to work extra hard to stay connected to my friends and family. It takes some effort at times, but is so important.
9. Rest. Sometimes it is easy to feel invincible so you think you can party all semester then just pull 14 all-nighters at the end of the semester. This is stressful and exhausting so just take time to prioritize and especially prioritize sleeping.
10. Keep the faith. It may be tempting with all your Bible classes and chapel three times a week, but one on one time with God is so important. Set aside time every day to spend with God because if you’re not doing that then really what are we doing with our lives?
So there’s the list. I hope this can encourage you and give you some guidance as you enter into this new stage of life.