Words of Wisdom:
Advice for freshmen from the CFAC Staff
Play hard, Study hard! College will be the fastest 4, 5, or 6 years of your life. Enjoy it, but also make it count!
You know the saying, the early bird gets the worm? Well here is my version...He/She who registers early gets the classes! Come early and prepared to advising sessions before registration begins, and have questions written down so you don't forget them.
Life is a journey of exploration and discovery. It is an on-going experiment in which BOTH your perceived failures and successes are providing you with rich feedback for future directions and destinations in the continuing and often surprising project of creating a uniquely fulfilling life of your own.
When you look back on your college life, you will regret the things you didn’t do the most. College gives you an opportunity to have experiences that you will never get again. Don’t miss out on these opportunities, but don’t overcommit to things either. Find a few things that you are passionate about and give them everything you have.
Learn how to budget
your money wisely. Try to buy used textbooks or borrow them from
friends or the local libraries. Keep track of your checking/savings
accounts and your expenses. Curb your expenses: limit the number of
times you go out to eat or buy that expensive cup of coffee, don’t be
afraid to explore thrift stores, go to a dollar movie or attend free
movie showings on-campus. You can still have fun while not spending all
your money. Visit the
Rowdy Cents web site to learn more.
Your college experience is all about what you want to get out of it. Take advantage of everything the university has to offer and get involved in something, whether it’s a fraternity or sorority, an intramural team, or a professional organization. Not only will you meet different people, you will learn a lot about yourself.
College is a wonderful journey of growth and self development. Stay open minded and absorb all you can.
Take advantage of the resources that are available to you on campus (Advising Center, Library, Rec Center, UC, Tomás Rivera Center, Career Center...) - they are here to make your college experience better. Meet with your professors and advisors so that you have all the information you need to be successful.
Take responsibility for your actions: your words, your behavior, your learning, belongs to you. While you are to be prideful about success, you cannot blame others for your failures.
Everything about college life is a balancing act. You are here for an education, but there is more to education than being in a classroom. Be involved with other activities on-campus. They are easy to find. On the flip side, don't neglect your academic pursuits because you are too busy having fun. Find the balance that works for you.