When going into my freshman year at Temple University, I was a commuter student who had a lot of trouble making friends. I purposely took morning classes to get away from the campus, even if the class did not interest me. I was told by so many, “college is the best four years of your life!” but I was off to a bad start and afraid nothing would change. What I now know is that what you put into your time as a Temple student contributes to helping you find your way. I am still a commuter, I made some necessary changes, and I was patient with myself and my time as a college student. To the incoming Temple University freshman, this one’s for you!
1. Join A Club
Joining a student club or organization gives you the opportunity to begin meeting friends and making connections with others at your university. I did not join my first clubs, Temple PRSSA (Public Relations Student Society of America) and PRowl Public Relations, until I was a junior. From the moment I joined, I made friends, felt welcomed with open arms, and began to further develop leadership skills. I urge you to join a club as it will help take you out of your comfort zone and provide you with opportunities you never knew existed!
2. Keep A Journal
I personally started keeping a journal when I was a senior in high school. Journaling has been a great creative outlet for me. What I quickly learned during my freshman year of college was that journaling helps you keep track of your personal goals and progress. You may not write in it every day, but journaling is a way to recenter, prepare, and execute anything you put your mind to. Everyone’s journal might look the same from the outside, but from the inside it tells your unique story.
3. Routine Is Everything
When we are young, we think routines are boring and lame. The truth is, keeping a routine is natural and very necessary. It might take a few tries and it will change a bit every semester, but try to craft a routine for yourself that encompasses work, self-care, and time with your friends or loved ones. You will be a better person for it!
4. Register For Classes That Peak YOUR Interest
Along with your major requirements, you must take general education and elective courses. Do not just take a class because it “fits in your schedule.” Register for a class that has a course description, skill set opportunity, or coursework that interests you. I promise it will make you a better student!
This blog post was written by Alexis Levant, Director of Public Relations.