We asked actual students (after their first semester) what advice they would give to new freshman. Here are some of their answers.

Dear new freshman…

  • Come in with an open mind - things may not be as you expect

  • Boys, don’t be afraid to ask the girls on dates! You don’t have to get serious (duh, you’re going on a mission first!), but we still like to spend time with you!

  • Block out time to do homework/study

  • Use your Arts Card!

  • Learn how to prioritize

  • Try lots of different new things

  • Go to ward activities! It is how you make friends

  • Don’t overly stress when things don’t go perfectly

  • Get a ROC pass, the sports are the bomb!

  • You won’t be perfect   

  • SMILE at people on campus: it could make their day!

  • Don’t forget to balance your eating and sleeping schedule

  • Ditching class is the absolute best… way to FAIL class and college!

  • Find a reason to go to class, even if you think it’s boring.

  • If the weather looks really bad… wait 20 minutes. It’ll change.

  • Start studying early on in the semester

  • Get to know your TA’s - they are students just like you and their job is to help you!

  • Try studying or working somewhere in the library - there’s plenty of space there and you will be less distracted by food and roommates!

  • Don’t freak out and think college is too hard for you - it’s not that scary.

- Veteran Freshman