Hey students! Many of you are heading back to school soon, and with that comes new classes, professors, and opportunities to explore. Looking back, every semester always felt different to me, whether it be an amazing class, a schedule that gave me a lot of free time to explore the city at night, or a spontaneous adventure on the weekends. Here are some tips to help you seize those special moments that could define your new year!
If you’re a new transfer student:
Everything might seem a little terrifying and uncomfortable, but will be totally worth it. Here are my top 3 tips for getting a kick-start:
- Keep an open mind as you meet new people and start getting involved. You have one or two year’s worth of experience at your old school, but don’t let that define what your experience could be like here. Maybe you have a preconception that you don’t want to be involved in clubs—try them out!
- Go to class. It’s always good to start off on the right foot grade-wise by going to your class and office hours if you need to. After all, it’s hard to build your GPA back up after letting them slip, so make sure you make an effort to stay on top of your coursework.
- Don’t be discouraged if things are clicking. I’ve talked to other transfer students as well and many agree that in your first quarter or semester, you don’t necessarily find the friends or clubs you will be in long term. That’s okay! The whole point is to just try new things and put yourself out there. It may take a little longer to find a community that sticks.
If you’re a returning transfer student:
Welcome back! One big tip I would say for this year is to continue meeting new people. It’s easy to just rely on the friends you already know, and most of them might also be transfer students. Keep expanding your network and reaching out to people, even if they look like they might already have their own group. You never know who might be your next partner in a group project or someone to grab lunch with after class.
I hope you all have an enjoyable and exciting year! Let us know if you have more tips in the comments below.
– Michelle L.