Five things all freshmen should
By Michelle Butler
April 17, 2009 | Finally my time has come. I am about
to graduate and leave the school/world that I have known
for the past five years. School has been good for me.
Iíve grown and matured (hopefully) and learned a lot.
I just felt that I needed to share some of the things
that have been very beneficial to me in my time at USU.
Here are my five things that every freshman should
1. Take Connections. Connections is not a required
class, but it helped me in so many ways. Itís strongly
encouraged for all incoming freshman to take and it
really helped me as a new freshman. It starts a week
before school begins and is over mid way through the
semester. This was fabulous. Come mid-semester, one
of your classes is already over and you have one less
final to worry about. The work load is very light. Most
importantly, you learn so much about campus. You go
on several tours, so come school time, I never felt
lost or confused. You learn a lot about policies, important
information about generals, and this is where I met
several of my closest friends. It really is a great
introduction class that helps get your feet wet and
prepares you a little better for college life. Seriously
consider it. Besides, itís two of the easiest credits
youíll ever take.
2. Live on/near campus. If possible, living on campus
your first or second year is a great thing. Being a
local, my first semester I lived at home and really
felt alone. Most of my high school friends were gone
and it was hard making new friends. Living on campus
instantly gets you involved in the social scene. You
get to know your roommates and neighbors very quickly
and you always know what activities are going on. You
can still make awesome friends and be involved without
living on campus, but it does tend to jump start your
3. Join a club. USU has dozens of clubs. Thereís everything
from swing dance to a long boarding club. Clubs are
awesome to join because it gets you involved and any
extracurricular activity looks awesome on a resume.
Besides, we all need a small break from studying. Clubs
can also lead to other more prestigious roles. Itís
all about networking and getting to know people on campus.
I joined the Alumni association. This was a great club
to be in. There are several activities and you get to
network with alumni, which can someday lead to a job.
Also, check out intramurals. There are tons of intramural
teams you join and these are usually only five dollars
to be on. I wished that I had gotten into intramural
sports sooner. Check out a club or two, and if there
isnít one you like, start up your own!
4. Take Geology of the Worldís Oceans. This is a class
I took my junior year. If fulfills one of your depth
science credits and itís a really fun class to take.
I learned a lot of cool things and it was really interesting.
You have to fulfill you depth requirements eventually,
and this was a pretty easy class. The lectures are interesting.
You learn a lot about the oceans and the animals in
them. I actually learned a lot from this class and enjoyed
5. Relax and have fun! Far too often during my college
experience, I stressed over little things and felt like
my life was ruined. Just have fun. College will be over
before you realize it and in the end, you really only
remember the fun parts. Go and hang out. Some of the
people you meet in college will be some of your dearest
friends later in life. Enjoy the college experience.
At no other time in your life will you be as independent
and with fewer responsibilities (such as a mortgage
payment). This is a great time to really grow and enjoy
life. Campus life has endless opportunities to play
and get involved. Just remember to enjoy it before itís
over and you have to face the real world.