Arriving on campus as a freshman, students are wide-eyed and hopeful for everything college will bring. New friends, activities, and opportunities are around every corner, all valuable tools to make the most of the college atmosphere.
Like starting a new job, or going somewhere for the first time, there are always unknowns. It is the unknowns, however, that grow and stretch students into success. One can avoid learning the hard way, though, by looking to the experience of others for the tricks of the trade, the helpful hints and the lessons learned only from experience.
In hopes to act as a guiding hand for those freshmen, here are four Auburn students who describe what they wish someone had told them and what they would tell themselves as they stepped foot into the next four years as a college student.
"Something that I wish I knew now, that I didn't know then, are all the dining options on campus," Youngblood says.
"I just went to Terrell this semester, and it is a lot closer to all of the classes."
Working to give students the best "dining on a budget" options, Auburn University’s Campus Dining offers a dynamic assortment of dining venues throughout campus. This accommodates the different taste buds and busy schedules of Auburn's diverse student body. As a freshman, be sure to explore all of these options. From barbecue to donuts, Auburn's campus is littered with eateries to satisfy all your cravings.
"Something I wish someone would have told me coming into college is to fully enjoy the differences in all the people I am going to meet," Smith says. "Therefore, I could learn as much as possible from everyone and all of their life experiences instead of waiting until junior or senior year to realize that there is exponential value in the differences in every person."
Acknowledging and valuing the benefits that a diverse campus community provides is crucial to successful college years. This gives you the opportunity to not only learn about others but learn more about yourself than you ever thought possible. Auburn prepares students for life and leadership in a multicultural world. Be sure you take advantage of that as you walk onto campus.
"If I could go back and tell myself something my freshman year, I would say, 'find a church to get plugged into'. I would make my friends based around my church," Adcox says.
No matter your religious background, students have ample opportunities to continue to grow and connect at Auburn. Offering various religious organizations on campus like Baptist Campus Ministries, Muslim Students Association, Reformed University Fellowship, and Campus Crusade for Christ, Auburn is dedicated to catering to the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of all students.
"I wish I would have known going into college that it is okay not to have your life together," Beck says.
"Sometimes I felt the pressure that you had to be on your A-game 24/7 and that is just not the case. You just roll with the punches and it is all going to be okay."
Auburn has a unique way of stretching, challenging and nurturing students in a way that prepares them whatever the future brings. Like Beck states, it is okay not to know, it is okay to ask for help and it is okay to make mistakes and learn the hard way. It is important, though, to look to those who have already completed the journey to hopefully save yourself from a few of those mistakes. Cherish these precious years, you have an amazing adventure waiting ahead of you. Make the most of it.
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