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Dear Freshman Self, here are the things I would have done differently

Friday, May 11, 2012 | 12:01 a.m. CDT; updated 3:28 p.m. CDT, Friday, May 11, 2012
Eight graduating students from MU share their advice about academics and social life to freshman based on their experiences while attending the university. Graduation ceremonies will be held throughout the weekend in various locations at MU.

"Just keep going. Just keep doing what you want to do. Don't compromise just because you have lower class ranking. And you can take a break every once in a while."

— Steven Lammers, 21, political science major

"The best advice I would give myself is to definitely be more exploratory with outside activities. And don't over-commit to things. Because I think that if I had more time to do the things I wanted and to relax a little bit, I would probably be a little bit less stressed out and also study on time."

— Beth Cressman, 22, health sciences major

"I would tell myself to get to know Columbia more quickly — the town — and spend more time getting to know the things that Mizzou has to offer beyond its campus. I am really involved on campus. I know a lot about what happens here, but there's still lots of Columbia traditions that I've never done or haven't been to a lot of the places you're supposed to go to. So I guess if I could go back, I would do those things."

— Emily Luft, 22, women's and gender studies major

"Go into women's and gender studies first. Don't waste your time changing majors."

— Brittany Wood, 22, women's and gender studies major

"Slow down! I feel like it went way too fast. I probably would've taken less credits every year and not stressed myself out so much, maybe partied a little less freshman year."

— Flavia Santibanez, 21, international business and marketing major

"Don't buy books from the university. Buy them half-price from Amazon."

— Josh Lackner, 21, computer science major

"Learn very good time management skills and always be really interactive with your professors. And make sure that you're attending office hours."

— LaParis Hawkins, 22, English major

"If there's anything you want to do, do it. You don't want to waste your four years since you won't have another chance once you're gone."

— Heather Cowden, 22, marketing major

Missourian reporters Breanna Dumbacher, Allie Hinga, Nicole Jones and Lauren Page contributed to this article.


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