We here at College Prowler ask our users in our online survey this question: “Name some things you wish you knew before coming to your school.” This question can be very helpful to incoming freshmen, as they gain hindsight from upperclassmen.
One soon-to-be junior at Johns Hopkins University is offering advice to incoming students, stuff she wish she knew before starting college.
1. Don’t worry if you haven’t decided on a major yet. Many people are still unsure of what they want to study, and a lot of people end up switching majors over the course of their undergraduate careers. One of my friends entered as a Chemical and Biomolecular Engineer and after an intro fiction and poetry class switched to Writing Seminars. No judgment. And for those of you who have decided on a major, don’t confine yourself solely to classes within that field, at least at first. I came into Hopkins knowing that I wanted to study International Studies—it was one of the reasons I was interested in the school in the first place. But I made sure to carve out the time to take fiction writing courses, classes in psychology, Earth science, and philosophy. This exploration will make your education all the richer.
2. Don’t hesitate to ask for help; college is a lot harder than high school. If you’re lost, as an upperclassmen. If you’re struggling in a class, talk to the professor during office hours. If you’re having difficulty adjusting to your new environment, talk to a counselor or a friend. You’re an adult now, and it’s important to take responsibility for your strengths and weaknesses. Most people love giving help, you just need to ask for it.