To begin, I would like
to wish you a warm welcome to the
If you are feeling nervous, homesick, lonely, or stressed don’t worry it’s normal, and try to remember that there are plenty of resources on campus that are here to offer help. Although you may not have been introduced to them quite yet, the campus has a counseling center, a writing center, a wellness center, and you always have your Residence Assistant. It is a very good idea to get to know your RA because they are your closest resource, and that is what they are there for, to help you.
Academically, I advise you from the very beginning to prioritize and get use to doing this. Do not let yourself get overwhelmed because if you plan ahead and keep to your schedule it will only benefit you. Procrastinating is the worst habit to get out of, and can immediately damage your GPA for your next four years. Seek help for time management if you feel you are struggling because although college may seem like a load of fun, reality hits abruptly and you are here to study and perform well.
You will have the
opportunity in the upcoming weeks to attend the Volunteer Fair, please attend.
There are many volunteer opportunities to sign up for at the fair and this is a
way to get involved right away, which will help you make friends and find
things that you enjoy. Also, try to get
involved in an intramural sport or club to stay active. You may also like to
take a walk and enjoy the beautiful campus and the surrounding areas such as,
Dear Incoming Freshman
me start this letter by first welcoming you to the
I know you may be very upset or nervous right now. You’re probably missing
home, missing your family and friends, and you probably just want to quit
college and go back. But don’t stop now! These feelings are completely natural,
and trust me when I say: THEY WILL NOT LAST! When I arrived at
The next bit of advice I would like to offer you is a bit unconventional. Most teachers/professors will advise you to not go out and “party” on the weekends. My response to this: Don’t listen to them. Of course, I am not endorsing going to a party and getting completely smashed. Absolutely not. However, don’t be afraid to go to a party to socialize. Yeah, there are laws that state you can be punished if you’re in the presence of alcohol, but don’t get too scared. Go to a party, meet new people, and enjoy the weekend.
Stay focused on your academics. This is why you’re here at college. You are not simply here to make friends and party; your main goal is to maintain good grades. Do not procrastinate on assignments. It is the worst possible thing you can do. Always hand in assignments on time, and make sure you devote at least 2 hours a night to doing homework or studying. If you devote at least 2 hours a night to studying, there will be no need to cram any information the night before a test (which by the way does not work AT ALL). You feel much more relaxed and focused if you stay up to date on all your assignments.
GET SLEEP. I cannot stress this enough. Don’t stay up until 3 in the morning, especially when you have an 8am class the next day. Try to find a healthy sleep pattern that allows you enough sleep to feel refreshed in the morning. A lack of sleep can be disastrous. Sure it can be funny sometimes (“Oh look, you look like a zombie!”), but ultimately it can be very, very bad for your health. Don’t worry about staying up to watch your favorite T.V. show: that’s what Hulu.com was invented for. Take naps after classes (not during classes), and get to bed early.
The last bit of advice I would like to pass on to you is to just enjoy your college experience. Many people say that these 4 years will be the best 4 years of your life. They are absolutely correct. Don’t stress out to much. Just relax and keep your goals in mind at all times. Make plenty of friends: these friends will be with you for the rest of your life. Form relationships with your professors- most professors at the University love talking to students. Never be afraid to ask for assistance, whether it be on a homework assignment or a personal issue. In all, just have fun.
off welcome to the
a freshman, everything is new and exciting, but mainly overwhelming. I am here to tell you not to worry. Some of the best advice I can give you, is
branch out and enjoy your time here, make the most of every opportunity and
live life to its fullest. Have fun while
you are here, but make sure to balance that with you school work. Do not
procrastinate, do your work now so that you can “play” later. Take advantage of everything that comes your
way. Make sure to use the resources here
at the University, you are paying for them anyway. Make many friends and get to know your professors. Become involved with things here at
If you try hard for the next four years, and give everything 110% the rewards will be endless. Stay true to yourself and others and be the best you can be! Listen and follow these words of wisdom by the great Jesse Owens, “We all have dreams. But in order to make dreams come into reality, it takes an awful lot of determination, dedication, self-discipline, and effort."
Good Luck and God Bless
back at my first semester here at
first thing that I would like to stress is the importance of an academic
calendar. You will hear this repeated to you over and over again in most of
your classes. You may not know it now but this academic planner will be a key
factor in your academic success here at the
What I found out quickly was that your college
professors are nothing like the teachers we had in high school who hand fed us
the material in class. Don’t get me wrong, the professors here at
College is all about freedom and taking responsibility for you. Some students have trouble adjusting to their new environment away from the safety of the hometown. The best way to cope with this new environment is to go out and meet new people. I know it might seem a little scary at first but just remember there are hundreds of other freshmen in the same exact position you are in. Chances are, the people that you are introducing yourself to are more scared of you than you are of them. College is a great place to expand your horizons, so go out and enjoy the freedom.
Dear incoming freshmen;
I am just about to wrap
up my first semester at college here at the
Another big thing to work on here is staying healthy- the food served in the cafeteria is wonderful, I know. It’s going to be hard to stay fit, and that freshman 15 isn’t a myth…it’s fact. Start making a routine and make a daily visit to the gym a part of that. It’s good for your body and helps to relieve stress. Also make smart food choices and eat healthy…that cake can get to your thighs pretty quickly.
All in all, just make sure you get your act together. This isn’t high school anymore- you’re becoming an adult. It’s now or never. It’s time to establish yourself as a contributing member of society. Remember to make choices that benefit you in the long run, not for the moment. Good luck, and remember this is also the time of your life- enjoy it while it lasts.
Although college may be viewed around the world as one of the best times and the party of your life, that’s not what it is all about. It involves a balance of having fun while also keeping your schoolwork at the front of your priorities and the fun can come later. Don’t find yourself being the person who stays out the latest, thinks he can drink the most, or have the most fun, because generally these people don’t succeed in class. I find the best way to be successful is to have a healthy balance of whatever you think is fun and school. It may seem that you have to be in your books all the time, but that can be unhealthy as well, and leave you very stressed out. Go out! Hang out with your friends, be social, be active, don’t be a couch potato!
Another important part of college is
adjusting to the new setting and style of life you will be living. Don’t give
up because the first week isn’t going well for you. You may get home sick
missing your parents and siblings but that is all a normal feeling. Wait and
take part in interacting with new people that can become a part of your family
here at the
Overall, when you come to college
try and make adjustments and be smart about what you take part in here at the
U. Have fun, but leave time for schoolwork and studies, which should always
come first. I hope you all enjoy your first year here at the
Hey, anyone who is reading this. Let me start by saying that the first semester of college life is the toughest. I’ve heard it from many a senior, and coming to the end of it, I think they’re right. It’s a big change from all your previous schooling, and it demands much more responsibility than you may be used to.
My first piece of real advice here is to read each syllabus carefully. I know this should be self explanatory, but trust me, it’s not. I lost a few easy points in the beginning from not doing things as they were written on the syllabus. Most of your teachers aren’t going to remind you, or make a special mention of everything. It’s all on you. That being said most of these things are just making special notes of upcoming tests and quizzes. The University will suggest you use a day planner, and that may well be helpful, but I found it most useful to use a big calendar I kept in my room.
College life offers a lot more freedom, but be sure not to lose yourself in it, and slack off. It’s true, no one is going to breathe down your neck to make sure you’re in class on time, or anything of that sort, but at the same time, they don’t care if you lose points for missing it anyway. Again, this should be self explanatory, but not mentioning names, a friend of mine started treating college like a sort of intellectual playground, and ended up in a bit of trouble in class. That little scenario leads me to my next and last point.
Get to know your teachers. Become friends with them. My friend was able to keep himself from failing his class because he was good friends with the professor. He approached him honestly about it, and things worked out. That said, even if the professor isn’t the type to help you out like that, getting to know them is helpful in the long run anyway. If you’re planning on going to grad school, a professor will be more inclined to write a recommendation letter to a student he likes.
Well, that’s all I have to say. College life to me was all about finding a routine, and staying on top. Don’t get lazy, and know your responsibilities, and you should do fine.
You have graduated high school and have been accepted to the
First off I would like to congratulate you on getting
accepted to the
Study hard and over a good length of time. College truly is different from high school in regards to exams. In high school I usually studied about five minutes before an exam. I learned pretty quickly that that cannot be done in college. You cover more data; in quantity and difficulty start going over your notes a week or two before an exam. Also make sure you know what type of exam you are taking. Most are either multiple choice or essay format. Most professors will include that in their syllabus, so make sure you check.
Get involved. It is the best way to make friends, especially if you are a commuter. There are plenty of clubs and organizations on campus. That means there is something to do for everyone. Find something you like and go for it!
Another recommendation is to prioritize. No one likes studying or doing homework. Unfortunately it has to be done. Procrastination does not work here. Writing down a schedule is a great way to set time to get everything you need accomplished. Make a schedule and stick to it.
Make sure you take time to relax and have fun.
I’ve made new friends and learned so much about myself
these past few months. That is what college is for; getting to know new people,
getting to know yourself, and overall preparation for life. I wish you the best
of luck in your adventure at
This year has been a difficult one, but with the help of my teacher in my freshman seminar class, I was able to get through it without too much difficulty. In order to succeed this year, you must manage your time well. I learned this very early on in my freshman year. Time management is the most difficult thing to do. Going from a high school setting to a college setting is the very hard and in order to do well the only way is to manage you time well. Make sure you make time everyday to do the readings that are assigned in class, if you don’t you will not know the information well enough to do well. Also make sure you go to class. Missing important information is very hard to make up.
Psychology is a really fascinating major and I am happy I am pursuing it. It is also very time consuming as well. Make sure to try your hardest and make time to study and do your work. Along with making time to have your own time for yourself. Also, your freshman year is going to be hard getting used to being away from home and feeling comfortable in a place you are not used to. Make sure to eat well, make time for exercise, and study. This isn’t saying that you can’t have fun and make new friends, which you will also be doing a lot of.
If you are stressed about the amounts of work you are getting, there are ways you can reduce your stress, which I learned in my freshman seminar class. Reducing the stress you have will make you succeed better this year.
I am confident that you are able to do well, like I did. Good luck with your first year in school. It is a lot of fun and is life changing. You will learn to so many interesting things in your classes, and you will make friends that you will have for the rest of your life.
on getting accepted and making the decision to attend the
One of the best advise I can give is do NOT procrastinate and read, read, read! About the middle of my senior year of high school, many people told me that reading is key in college. I understood that I had to read a lot, but did not think it would the main component to do well. After my first semester, I realized how important is it. You professors will not allow you to hand in work late or make up quizzes; doing well in college is all up to you.
It is all up to you to attend classes; I personally, have attended each and ever class I have had, and I know a few other people who have skipped many. Another piece of advise I can give to you, is to attend class. I have had some professors thus far that do not have an attendance policy. Skipping class will only hurt you in the long run; you will learn much more by attending classes and since you are paying for the class, you mine as well attend it. By attending classes you will get an understanding of what interests you and it will help you figure out your goals and career in the future. You will also get the sense of the teacher and see if you enjoy there teaching styles; after the first semester you will be able to choose your course, time, and teacher of you next semester classes. By attending class you will not only learn more, but you will also be able to see if you would like to have that teacher in the future.
professors here at the
As my first semester of college is coming to a close, the best advice I can give you is do not procrastinate and attend classes. This will help you learn more, get a good understanding of the teachers, and help you find what sparks your interest for your future. Remember, never be afraid to ask for help if you need it; the University of Scranton’s professors and staff are only here to help, and are extremely passionate about there field of study. Good luck in your first year of college and remember to study hard but have a good time, because the semester’s fly by.
I know many of you are excited and overwhelmed, yet eager to start this new chapter in life, who could blame you? College is a beautiful place, where you will discover new things, the moment you arrive.
The first few weeks of college, are very confusing and filled with nostalgia, you are not alone, more than half of your graduating class probably feels the same way you are feeling and it is ok. I remember when I first arrived on campus, I was so eager to get away from my family! My mother was practically in tears wondering if I would be able to feed myself, clean up my room, do my homework, work and most importantly sleep. My first night was very eye opening, I remembered how at home lights had to be out by 12 am the latest, but in college none of that went on and for the first time in my 18 years of life I had the liberty to go to bed the time I wanted without a mother yelling at me, I could lay all day, no one was nagging me. By the end of the first week I stressed by body out and became very ill and had to go home and missed many activities on campus.
College is fun, but unlike High School it requires a lot of work and balance. I remembered when I first saw my schedule and all the time spaces and how classes didn’t meet everyday, I thought “college is going to be easy as cake”, boy was I wrong! College requires probably more study time and reading that was required for any high school finals, exams or projects. By now your professors have advice you to spend at least 35 hours a week studying, they are not wrong, you will soon see that those hours are crucial and important for your grade in class. Don’t forget to balance your time between school and socializing.
Don’t let your new liberty be your downfall! Continue to study, exercise, sleep, attend class, explore and learn about yourself, BUT most importantly enjoy the next best four years of your life!
When you were sitting in Study hall, you thought your first day of college would never come, and, if you’re like me, now that it is here you are really frightened. Well, don’t be. I’m going to break down some simple advice bob-o style, so that you’re transition into a full fledge college student will be complete.
So, remember to have fun, because
the first semester flies by. Study for every test, do every homework, and talk
to every person you can.
Remember to go on retreats (connections is a great way to meet people), attends study sessions, and talk to professors. Have fun! Oh, one PS: try to test out of computer literacy!
College is one of a number of great experiences you will go through in your lifetime. College has so much to offer and assists in the growth of each individual person. There is a lot to take into consideration about living your college life to the fullest. The transition to high school to college is not easy. Everyone knows this, but sometimes it can be hard to understand how to deal with a number of challenges you may face your first year. Not only do you have a wide range of opportunities in front of you, you also have a number of people and services willing to help you understand and work through any of your concerns. Many of the professors here at The University of Scranton are approachable and willing to not only help with academics but even personal matters. You can also rely on your RA, TA’s, CTLE, Career Services, Counseling and so on to answer any questions you have regarding The University of Scranton or personal issues.
All these services are available and accessible so don’t be afraid to use them.
Coming to college can be scary and exciting all at the same time, but just remember everyone is feeling the same way you are. Stay positive and open to talk to whomever in order to meet new people. Take time to greet and meet not only all of your professors, but also your classmates and peers within your major. Also take the initiative to bond with your roommate and residents on your floor. Many people perceive college as having all the freedom in the world and the only way you can have fun is just by drinking and smoking. This isn’t true and don’t get pressured into things you wouldn’t normally do or even want to do.
There are a number of alternatives
to drinking that are better, safer and even more fun to do while at school. For
example going shopping, going out to dinner, going to
The key to success in college is time management. I think this is very important to learn and do early on in the semester. It helps you stay organized and get more done each and everyday. On another note, make sure you eat a well-balanced meal, exercise and get plenty of sleep. All of these things are important to do to maintain your health and prevent you from getting sick. Attending all your classes is very important therefore you need to be prepared, well rested, energized and healthy. If you miss too many classes, you will miss a lot of work and quickly fall behind. So attend all your classes, study hard, manage your time, make lots of friends and enjoy college as much as you can because it definitely fly’s by! College is a learning experience so if you make a mistake don’t get discouraged, keep going because there is always room for improvement.
Dear Incoming Freshman,
Hello and welcome to the
Dear Incoming Freshman,
off, I would like to say congratulations, and welcome to the
A major thing that you should do is attend class. That’s a very important thing to do and you should not make it a routine or habit not to go just because you don’t have someone like a parent or guardian by your side forcing you to go. Professors do notice when you skip class and it will affect your grade.
One thing that you should not do is procrastinate. You will have a lot of free time to do what you want, and it would be wise to get your homework done first. Waiting till the end of the semester to do a big project you were assigned in the beginning of the semester is bad news. You will not do well on the assignment, and it makes everything easier if you just pace yourself throughout a period of time.
Another important thing that is somewhat similar to procrastination is time management. You need to get your priorities in order, and get what you need to get done; done. Spend a little time doing what you want to do, but make sure you have time set aside for the school work you have to get done. Work is more important than play, but make sure you set aside a bit of relaxation time so you don’t get too stressed.
Something the U offers is help. There are a lot of resources for you to take advantage of if you need help, such as CTLE. You shouldn’t be scared to ask for help, because that is what the people in these places are here for. Professors are also very willing to help you and answer questions when you are confused and have a question; it’s their job.
Overall, enjoy your freshman year. Get work done, and have some fun at the same time, but not too much fun. Don’t forget to get help when you need it, and get your work done. All these things will help your first semester go by smoothly. Enjoy your first year!
PS-Seriously don't forget about school work.
Let me first congratulate you on being accepted to the
Life in college is all about balance. Once you’ve figured out this delicate process you’re golden. In terms of classes, take it from one of the biggest procrastinators in the world that if you just keep up with the work that you’re given, you will be absolutely fine. Little by little, day by day just keep up with the assignments. While it’s obviously important to keep up with your work make sure you have just as much time with your new friends, especially now in your first semester! When meeting new people it’s a good idea to remain open and friendly to everyone, that way you have a bunch of different groups of friends to do different things with. And while we’re on the topics of friends, don’t forget about your best friends. It’s ok to talk to them (and your family) a lot, just make sure to be off the phone and computer enough to experience this new place around you. For most of you this is probably the first time that you’re living on your own. Congrats! You’ll love this new found freedom but remember that it comes with responsibilities too (like laundry and maybe occasionally dusting your room. You’d be amazed how dusty they get.) You should set aside some time to exercise and try to improve your eating habits but also take time to relax and indulge a little too. These all may seem so obvious but if you just schedule your time and remember to stay balanced this adjustment will seem effortless. Above all, be confident in yourself. You’ll do great. Good luck this year!