Seniors offer words of wisdom
By: Trent Becker
For incoming freshmen, starting college can be daunting, leading many to fall victim to the age-old college “problems.” So to avoid the mistakes of a college amateur, why not look to seniors for guidance?
Seniors, because they’ve been there, can offer tips on everything from academic success to help with campus life. One thing is certain, however: This might be the best college advice you get thus far.
According to Hayley Flippo, senior in communication, being involved in campus organizations has provided his best college memories.
“Each organization has provided so many fun, exciting and embarrassing memories that I will always treasure,” Flippo said. “Get involved in some of the 150-plus organizations on campus and you can have the chance to create some of your own memories.”
Although getting involved on campus rounds out the college experience, senior elementary education major Maggie Meiwes offers a practical approach for those daunting first few days of classes.
“Take some time before classes to familiarize yourself with the campus and where your classrooms are located,” Meiwes said. “By doing this, you will know exactly where you are going the first day of class.
“Also, don’t be afraid to ask for help with any classes you struggle finding. The professors are there to assist the students, so take full advantage of their help.”
Communication senior Tayler Vena offers advice on the “dreaded roommate” issue that many college students face.
“Living with someone else is something many have never experienced before,” Vena said. “Advice for that is to just be flexible. Adjusting to having a roommate can be awkward and it isn’t easy, but going with the flow and being open and honest about your needs will make dorm living much easier for both of you.”
William Holloway, senior in technical education, has similar advice, emphasizing the importance of a good roommate.
“Choose your roommates wisely,” Holloway said. “One thing that will ruin your college experience is a terrible roommate.”
In any situation, going to PSU is likely the biggest decision students have made so far. Regardless, senior communication major Curtis Ebert says these big decisions are only the beginning, so be ready for more to come.
“Do what you want to do,” Ebert said, “not what mom, dad or your friends want you to do.”
“If you really like business, do it. Don’t waste a couple of semesters pursuing something that you don’t want to do.”