Advice to rising freshmen

Morgan is a junior at Towson University Honors College. She is a mass communication major, focusing in public relations and advertising, and is a marketing minor. She is the president of the Public Relations Group and director of media relations of TigerTHON. She loves spending time with family and friends, reading and yoga.

Signing your college acceptance letter and officially deciding where you will spend the next four years of your life is both exhilarating and nerve-wracking. Remember, the pre-college worries are only temporarily. A fresh start and endless opportunities are in front of you. Leaving the familiarity of your home can be intimidating but creating a second home at college is not as scary as it may seem. Fear not, future freshies, I have a few tips to make the college transition smoother.
Before you pack your bags and head out for campus, don’t forget to thank those who have helped you make college a possibility. Whether it is your parents, a teacher, a coach, or a friend, thank them for their continuous support. Taking you on college tours, editing your college essays, cheering you on, or simply acting as your support system, they guided you. Before you become engrossed in college life, acknowledge those who made the college experience possible for you. Without them, you wouldn’t be able to start this new chapter of your life.
Taking your first step onto campus as an official undergrad can be overwhelming. First, take a deep breath. Look around and take in the atmosphere. You’re going want to remember the mix of nerves and excitement. Take in the sea of new faces, the bustle of the luggage carts and the crisp feeling of a new, fresh start. Once you get settled, it is important to be open to new experiences. This is a new beginning that presents you with exciting opportunities. Thank yourself for the hard work you put in to get here and start this adventure with clear eyes, ready to take full advantage of college and all that if offers.
At the start of the school year, colleges hold events for freshmen students. Make it a point to attend these events because they are crafted to ease freshmen into college life. These events are great ways to meet other freshmen. Don’t be nervous, you’re among hundreds or thousands of new students in the same boat that you are. Another way to meet new people is to befriend your floor mates. The people who live on your floor have the potential to become great friends because you spend a lot of time near each other. When you’re in your room, leave your door open to welcome those who walk by to stop in and say hello. This is a great way too meet people to go to the dining hall with, study with, hang out with and potentially develop lifelong friendships.
Once you get acclimated, it’s time to find your niche on campus. Each college campus offers something for everyone. There is a group for you- a group where you will learn, grow, prosper and laugh. Whether it is a club, sports team, professional organization, volunteer organization or Greek life, you will find something to be a part of. Joining groups is one of the greatest decisions you can make as a freshman. It is a great way to participate in something you love or further explore a passion. Groups are an easy way to meet people who share the same interests as you. They also provide an opportunity to grow and foster leadership skills as your college career progresses. You can become an executive board member and take on leadership positions and responsibilities. Group membership is also a great asset to add on your resume. College moves pretty fast, don’t forget to slow down and enjoy your freshman year. You have great things ahead of you.

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