Freshman year can be very intimidating. Just before the summer began you were the top dogs of your high school. Now you are back at the bottom of the food chain. It is almost like you have to relearn everything you thought you knew in high school. Luckily, Washington College is a friendly place and your peers want to see you succeed. I asked some upperclassmen what advice they would give to first year students. Hopefully some of their suggestions will help!
- Get involved right from the start. Even on such a small campus, there are tons of people to get to know and plenty of ways to meet them. Sometimes just a friendly conversation is all it takes to make a new friend. Sophomore Taylor Hineline says, “Don’t be afraid to talk to people you don’t know. Branching out can be scary but you never know who you could meet.”
- We have over 100 clubs on campus so sign up for some things! Joining a club is usually a simple time commitment; most meet once a week. Clubs are a fun way to try out a new hobby or continue your passions. Kendall Davis ’16, Theater major, suggests auditioning for a play or going out for a club sport.
- Student Ambassador Sean Granata ’16 said, “Don’t rely on your scholarship.” Tuition may increase throughout the years but your scholarships will not change. Keep your grades up, continue to apply for scholarships, and maybe even get a job on campus.
- Be sure to enjoy the food at WAC but not too much. Kendall Davis also told me, “Don’t use all your meal swipes at Martha’s. You’ll gain the freshmen 15.”
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