By the WIB Web + Blog Committee
The start of college can be a rough time! Luckily, we have key pieces of advice from real TCNJ students so you can start off college with a little more knowledge under your belt.
“I remember starting freshman year and thinking that I was the only person who didn’t know I was doing, but in reality, a lot of other people feel the same way! Definitely don’t be afraid to reach out and ask others for help/advice, because there’s a lot to learn from each and every person. Most people are very happy and willing to share because as college students, despite the wide variety of majors, we go through a lot of the same struggles, and I know that all I want to do is share how I’ve gotten through something and help someone else do the same.” – Emily Lai
“College is a whole new experience compared to high school. It can be scary at times and extremely overwhelming. There were plenty of times where I was overwhelmed, didn’t know what to do, and felt lost. My best advice is to take things slow and focus on the things that make you feel happy. Take things one step at a time and don’t rush anything, whether it be making friends, getting to know people, or your classes. You can be swept up in homework and classes but always make time for yourself. While school is important, it is the reason why we are all in college, always make sure that you are taking care of yourself. If you aren’t in a good mindset, your grades and happiness will suffer.” – Cindy Nguyen
“Don’t be afraid to take a chance on a class! Even if there aren’t any reviews of the class or professor, or if you have no experience with the topic yet, if the topic sounds interesting to you, give it a try. If you find the class isn’t for you, you can always drop. Otherwise, you might find a unique opportunity to learn a new skill. This semester I took a chance on a new class being offered at TCNJ about blockchain in business, and I’ve learned so much about an industry that I’ve never considered before.” – Olivia Knutson