Helpful Tips For Freshmen

Adjusting to college life can be difficult for students transitioning from high school. While there may be some bumps along the way, here are some tips freshmen should know once they’re on campus.

Your advisor is an important resource. SSU provides you with a catalog that you can view online as well purchase at The Bookstore. The catalog offers the prerequisites and requirements needed for each major. Advisors will be able to help you with course conflicts, adding or dropping courses, scheduling of classes for future semesters. Go talk to your advisor at the beginning of the semester. Don’t wait until right before registration because it may be harder to see them!

Campus involvement builds friendships. Your social life is a huge part of the college experience. Getting involved on campus in clubs, organizations, or athletics will help you meet new people and develop last friendships. College is about the people you meet, the experiences you go through, and the memories you make. Visit the CLSIS office on the second floor of the Student Center to hear more of all the organizations and clubs!

Your professors aren’t your enemy. Talk to your professors. Introduce yourself, ask questions, and visit their office hours. Your professor will notice that you are trying and your effort will pay off. They will be more willing to go out of their way to help you and you may even be able to use them as a reference later on.

Find the ideal place for you to study. It may be your dorm room or a cozy corner of the library, but find a place that works best for you to get your work done while avoiding as many distractions as possible.

Take advantage of the study resources on campus. SSU offers students one-on-one or small group assistance in nearly 50 courses . If you're having some troubles, these resources are another tool available to you.  We highly recommend you request a tutor if you having difficulties in a class. The Tutorial Center is located in 1061 Salazar Hall.  Go in and select a tutor that is available at a time that works for you!

Fight the "Freshman 15". The stress of course work and adjusting to life on your own can lead to some unhealthy decisions. Luckily, our campus offers options to help you not fall into the Freshman 15 trap. The Kitchen's has many healthy options in their menus.  Make sure to add fruits and veggies to every meal. Also check out the Rec Center, participate in group fitness classes and intramural sports. Try and take 45 minutes out of your day and go work out.

What other helpful tips would you recommend to Freshmen?