By Bridgit Kasperski, Senior
Congrats and welcome to SUNY Plattsburgh incoming freshmen! You all may be daydreaming about your prom dresses, high school graduation, and the last summer with your high school gang, but trust me, it’s all just beginning! As a senior, I have loved every minute of my college career and I’m so excited for you to start your own journey. I asked my favorite seniors on campus to share a piece of college advice to help you maximize this next thrilling chapter! You may forget your first college class, but you won’t forget these tips!
1. Give it a Chance. In movies and television, they paint the first semester of college as a breeze. The truth is, it’s not that easy. You may not make friends right away. It may be hard at the beginning, but it will get easier and your experience will evolve each year. “Give it a chance because change is scary, transition is difficult, and making the right friends will happen,” says one cheery Platts senior.
2. Work Hard, Play Hard. College has always been titled “the best four years of your life” so make it true! You want a well-rounded experience that will leave you rich in many areas. Therefore, attend classes, ace your tests, join new clubs, be embarrassing with your roomie and stay up until 3 a.m. with your floor mates discussing life. My fellow senior advises, “Appreciate the time you have with your friends, being in college, and having no real-world responsibilities!” Live it up, but make Dean’s List too!
3. It’s Not Cool to be Broke. “If you need money, get a job,” warns a wise senior. You will need money, especially if you are paying for your own textbooks and other necessities. Apply super early (before the semester starts) for on-campus jobs. Get that cash!
4. Balance. College is all about balance. As you become more comfortable at school, you will begin adding on more extracurricular activities. Suddenly, you are juggling classes, clubs, job, internships, friends and eating every once in a while too. College can get hectic and that’s when you gotta learn to balance! Remember that classes come first and to take time for yourself; the rest will fall into place.
5. Stay True to Yourself. You will be introduced to a lot of new people, activities, beliefs and cultures. We encourage you to keep an open mind and give new things a try that you are comfortable with. Do not succumb to peer pressure (because you will face it at some point in your college career). “Trust your gut,” says one senior.
6. Your Roommate is a Roommate. “I thought I was going to be best friends with my first roommate. I came in with such high expectations and we ended up not working out at all,” stated a Platts senior. You may become best friends with your roommate, but you most likely won’t. It’s complicated to live with a friend and that’s why it rarely works. Be honest with your living habits and respect your roommate. Don’t feel like you need to be BFFs and wear matching outfits.
7. It’s OK to be Undecided. So here’s the truth - No one has it figured it out yet. It’s perfectly normal to switch your major ten times, land your dream internship and hate it, or transfer schools. We promise that it will all work out in the end.
SUNY Plattsburgh’s Senior Class of 2014