Nearing the end of my freshman year at Kansas State, I have encountered many different situations with people and classes. While I’d like to consider myself an expert about college life, it wasn’t always effortless. I have compiled my top four tips for freshmen to possibly help their experience as a new student here at K-State.
Tip #1 - Get Involved
Getting involved in different student organizations offered here on campus is an easy way to meet new people. Luckily, K-State offers many different clubs to be a part of which have members with similar interests. The College of Ag specifically has clubs for each major as well as general agriculture clubs one of which being Sigma Alpha. It’s a good idea to have a limit of three clubs because it can be easy to join too many clubs and not be able to fully enjoy each one. A good rule to follow would be to join one club related to your major, one club related to a hobby or interest you have, and one club that catches your attention or sounds interesting.
Tip #2 – Live on Campus
This year, I chose to live in West Hall which is in the Derby Community. I wasn’t too sure if I’d like living in the dorms, but I can confidently say it was the best decision I made. Often, residents don’t socialize and interact with one another. Be sure to get to know the people you’re living with for the next eight months, for me, those people are now are my best friends. Dorm life can be beneficial in other ways by getting to know more faces on campus outside of your major. The convenience of living on campus is great too, sometimes a little too convenient when you have the opportunity to nap between classes. Overall, it doesn’t matter which dorm you live in your freshman year, I personally just think it’s an easy way to make great friends.
Tip #3 - Get Outside of Your Comfort Zone
Initiating those first awkward conversations or becoming an officer in an organization is a great way to go outside of your comfort zone. For me personally, I see the most growth in my character in those times I was required to go outside of my own comfort zone. Freshman year has had an abundance of these times, but it has been worth it. As Roy T. Bennett said, “You never change your life until you step out of your comfort zone; change begins at the end of your comfort zone.”
Tip #4 – Don’t Study Too Hard
While it is important to do well academically, college is about making memories as well. When I think about how I want to look back on my college years, I don’t want to just remember myself studying day and night. My first semester, I took my academics a little too seriously and didn’t let myself have much fun. This semester, I’ve learned to balance work and play, and I can say it is possible. As a student, always remember to not find your self worth in your academics; you’ll never be satisfied. Many times, I’ve heard employers say they care more about what activities and involvements are listed on a resume than a GPA. Remember to not take yourself too seriously but also strive to do your best.
I’ve enjoyed my first year at K-State tremendously and cannot wait for my sophomore year to begin. These four tips are what I believe has helped me to make the most of my time here and I hope they can help someone else too. Go Cats!