Welcome back! Whether you’re a returning student or a freshman, I welcome you with open arms to an all new academic year as well as a fresh start.
I can imagine that for those of you who are freshman felt a bit overwhelmed on the first day. It can be a lot to have a new building to find your way around, new teachers, and a whole lot of new faces. But Monday is over my friends, and it’s time to throw away the fear and anxieties and enjoy your time here.
Don’t be fooled, I was a scared freshman just a year ago. If you know me personally you know I really like being in control, so it was difficult not knowing where I was going, who was teaching me, or even the people sitting next to me. I promise you, you get through it faster than you think. With something as consuming as college you’ll find yourself becoming very comfortable with the campus, your professors, and I’m sure you’ll make a lot of friends along the way!
If I could only pick two words to say to an incoming freshman it would be; ‘be fearless.’ That truly is the best way to get the most out of your college experience. I dove head first into college with excitement for something new. You’re paying so much to attend college so why not have a good time, gather all of the experiences you can, just enjoy your time in general; you won’t be this young forever.
I participated in a few super fun things last year, and I recommend you do too! I sold ducks to promote the 9th Annual Ducky Derby. I played a part in the Fashion Show, and it was a blast! I joined the great team down at MarCom as a student blogger, work study is a great option to add dynamic to your resume and stay involved on campus and with faculty members.
Lastly, I participated in the Faces of GCC photo shoot, which is an opportunity to have a head shot taken by MarCom’s staff photographer and photo shop wizard, and it will be used in Genesee Community College advertisements. The best part is that the photo is personally edited to fit your future goals and/or hobbies, so it’s personal to you! Contact MarCom (firstname.lastname@example.org) by email if you are interested!
Moral of the story: stay active on campus it’s a great way to meet people, and it can be so much fun!
Get to know your professors; they can give you advice that is so inspiring that you have a glimpse of doubt if they saw it on Facebook. GCC’s professors are great mentors, they are here to motivate you and help you in any way possible. However you can’t expect them to reach out to you, that is your job now as an adult. I was lucky enough to take a class with Professor Dudkowski prior to him leaving GCC, and he was one of the greatest teachers I’ve ever had. He was inspiring beyond words, and he pushed his students to do their absolute best, and was always willing to give a learning opportunity to any student willing to put in the work.
As for surviving your classes, you can take a look at the Student Tips on GCC’s Pinterest which I also work on! I will be writing tons of articles on tips and tricks for doing well in school, so keep an eye out for those posts in the future. For now my biggest piece of advice is to stay motivated and remember your goals, and don’t let anything stand between you and your education.
I wish you the best of luck during the 2017-2018 academic year, I have confidence that you will put your best foot forward every day and do great things!
“I learned the value of hard work by working hard.”