Student advice: What I wish I'd known as a freshman

Thursday, July 30, 2009 | 12:49 p.m. CDT; updated 5:30 p.m. CDT, Thursday, July 30, 2009

What I wish I knew as a freshman

 "Be organized. You're in charge of your own schedule and time matters, so make it count."
— Wayne Roberts, St. Louis

"Don't load up on all your hard subjects. Spread them out mixed with general education subjects, otherwise it will be too difficult."
— Daniel Nabelek, Columbia

"Make friends with your professors because they can help you a lot."
— Jamon Kimbrough, Columbia

"Look into graduate requirements deeply." 
— Matt Rose, St. Louis

"Visit and see the demographics of the campus before you come."
— Haleigh Harrold, 23, Creswell, Ore.

"Try everything at least once – only don’t do anything too stupid."
— Cynthia Taylor, Lancaster, Pa.

"Go to Brady and get involved in everything."
— Alyssa Baker, St. Louis

"Take a library tour when you are a freshman."
— Sarah Bryant, Holden, Mo.

"Choose your group of friends wisely."
— Mike Jelinek, Eureka, Mo.

"Don’t skip class, it’s pretty basic."
— Mola Kassim, Jefferson City

"Don’t let the partying get to you." 
— Drake Chang, Washington, Mo.

"Develop a good relationship with your advisor so you don’t have to stay longer than you have to."
— Spencer Evans, Houston, Texas

"Have a friend older than you to tell you about classes."
— Ryan Evans, Houston, Texas

"Be aware of the really, really long winter."
— Brian Swift, Germantown, Tenn. 

"Take school seriously from the start. Keep your GPA in mind – it needs to be kept high so you have the flexibility to change courses."
— Zack Whitworth, Nixa, Mo.

"Always go to class, don’t be discouraged by initial low test scores – they will improve as you adjust to university life."
— Ben Meredith, Columbia

"Go Greek – The social networking is great." 
— William Grover, Briarcliff, N.Y.

"Eat at dining halls 35-40 minutes past the hour to avoid rush hour."
— William Meyer, Chapel Hill, N.C.

"Consider the difference between high school and college study-wise. It’s a big jump."
— Ryan Kesser, St Peters, Mo.

"Consider which professors you get, which dorms to stay away from."
— Josh Duncan, Jefferson City

"Get your priorities straight. You have to balance your social life versus cracking down."

— Sean Morrissey, Fenton, Mo.

"Have a graduation game plan and think about about which classes you need to take."  — BreAnn Jensen,  Jefferson City


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