The first month of college is similar to a maze. Students move onto campus and have to navigate their way through the madness of getting back into the rhythm of academics and signing up for clubs. It often seems to students that they may not survive. However, it is very possible to see the light at the end of the tunnel as several students have offered their advice on how to do so.

Brenden Markiewcz, sophomore, advises students to, “make sure you go to your classes.”

In the long run, actually attending classes and making a point for the professor to get to know you will be beneficial. Especially come time for finals week.

A common tip among students is to avoid waiting until the last minute to get your work done.

“You think you can do it all but you can’t,” said Kara Dalton, freshman, referring to her hectic morning. In other words having good time management skills is necessary. It’s advised to, “stay ahead of the reading,” Michael Sprague, junior, said, “Because it’ll pile up on you real quick.”

“Staying organized ties in with managing time accordingly.” Madison Coogan, sophomore, highly recommends to, “get an agenda and plan out everything.” This way it’ll be easier to stay on top of assignments and manage time efficiently.

As important it is to stay on top of schoolwork it’s recommended to “get a lot of sleep,”

according to Zack Gomes, freshman. If students aren’t getting enough sleep then their bodies are going to have a difficult time functioning and trying to stay awake in class will be a problem of its own.

All students, if not most, have been advised to get involved on campus whether that means with sports or a club. It’s a common piece of advice given to students right as they step foot onto campus. “Join something that’s bigger than yourself so you feel apart of something,”

Justin Hoyes, junior, said, “[it’s likely that students will] make some friends that are doing the same thing you’re doing.”

Julia Jervais, sophomore, seconds Hoyes by stating that, “joining clubs and trying to get

involved,” is a good way “to make friends.” This a popular strategy among students who are in

need of help in breaking free from their comfort zone. In the words of Kar Dalton, freshman, “be your biggest self motivator,” and the first month of college will be over quicker than expected.

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