Missourian staff share wisdom with incoming freshmen

Thursday, July 26, 2012 | 6:00 a.m. CDT

"That everyone else is in the same boat. Don't worry, it will float!" — Lauren Dixon

"How many options I had to get involved in a church." — Megan LaManna

"That MU has a lot of mental health facilities on campus. I didn't know about them until later in my second semester. I was struggling a lot my freshman year trying to fit in, and I think knowing about these facilities sooner would have really helped me find my place at Mizzou." — Janelle Pfeifer

"How to study. Learn quickly what works for you, and the first semester will be much easier." — Miranda Morgan

"To memorize the phone number of one friend at Mizzou, even your roommate's. Your mom in Texas isn't going to be able to get you into the dorms when you've lost your phone and ID." — Claire Porter

"That you can find cheaper textbooks online." — Jessica Salmond

"Not too stress out too much. Except do stress out a little when it comes to grades. Your freshman year GPA will stick with you forever." — Shelby Sternberg

"That if you go to the library and want to use a chalkboard, ask for chalk and they’ll give it to you. Sometimes they’ll say they don’t have any chalk, but that’s not true." — Calder Cleavelin

"To get more involved. Trying new things can open many doors in college." — Emma Ross

"To seek more help from teachers outside of class instead of struggling with concepts on my own. They are always there to help you during office hours, and showing your dedication as a student can lead to a letter of recommendation later on." — Tony Puricelli

"That professors are, in general, a lot more approachable and willing to talk than I had guessed. Most don't mind you popping into their office (during designated hours is preferred) with a question or a comment. These guys are teachers; it's their jobs to help you understand not just the course but how the material can be applied to the wider world. They can help you figure out what you want to major in, what kind of internships and jobs to go after, and which events you should attend to build yourself into a more complete person. My professors have been some of the best friends, guides and walking encyclopedias I've had the pleasure of knowing." — Teresa Avila

"To take academics more seriously by getting extra help when I needed it — visiting various tutoring centers on campus and going to a professor's office hours." — Justin Yang

"To paint the M because it's a freshman tradition, and I can't really have that experience now." — Abigail Allen

"How to study." — Zachary Kerns

"That your parents get an itemized list of everything you student charge at the bookstore." — Skyler Still

"That Dobbs serves real beef hamburgers." — Victora Mechler

"That my parents were not as relieved and free as I was, and they were expecting my phone calls every week." — Maoling Xiong

"About all of the hiking spots around Columbia, like Rock Bridge State Park, Capen Park and the Pinnacles." — Jessie Lueck

"There are a lot of interesting classes to choose from, even a Harry Potter class." — Faith Miller

"To get more involved on campus from the beginning. It's a big campus, and there are a bunch of cool people out there. You just have to find them." — Wade Rupard

"How many great free events Mizzou offers on campus. There is something to do almost every day of the week, most are free and you almost always receive something free." — Beth Steffens

"That getting lost on campus is actually the best way to get to know your way around." — Stephanie Proffer

"To get involved earlier. Try to find an organization that you can branch out of and meet new people." — Alli Inglebright

"That no matter how much you read or study, there's nothing better than going to class." — Briana Kvasnicka

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