Freshman: Know Yourself

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A large chunk of my time this summer has been spent mentally preparing myself for the fact that I am about to begin my senior year in college. Over the past three years, I have learned a lot about myself, including how much I can handle. 

That being said, you've been waiting for Orientation for what feels like an eternity, and you are going to meet friends, upperclassmen, professors, advisers, and administrators. Honestly, a lot of advice is going to be handed out for free, and most of it is great. 

Find something you're passionate about and get involved with it.

Get some core classes out of the way.

Don't take on too much. 

But while you're hearing this advice, don't forget that you know yourself best. 

It's easy to be pulled in different directions and to be overwhelmed by the advice you're given. In fact, you'll probably be told by an adviser which classes you should register for and how many hours to take. Now, don't get me wrong, the faculty at Mississippi College is top-notch. They know what they're doing, and they do their job incredibly well. 

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                                          Photo Courtesy  of Mississippi College

However, you know yourself best. 

I'm not here to teach you to rebel against any advice your adviser gives as you're registering for classes; I'm here to tell you to stand your ground if you know what you want to achieve. During Orientation, you're meeting your adviser for the first time, and while they can give you advice, it won't necessarily be catered to your goals. 

At my orientation, I was registering for the Freshman Honors Block, as well as Biology 111 and Chemistry 141 with labs. This made for a total of 17 hours, and the adviser helping me warned me of how rigorous of a course load this was. However, I knew what I wanted to do and what was important to me, so I went against his advice. I did that not because I don't trust the professors here, but because I had been planning for my future much longer than I had interacted with this professor. 

My second semester Freshman year, I decided to take on an internship which would raise my hours from 18 to 21. My adviser asked multiple times if I could handle this, and I did. 

Know your limits and boundaries. Not everyone wants to do the Freshman Honors Block. Some people want to graduate early, which will mean taking heavier course loads. Others want to study abroad, which means their schedules might look different than the typical freshman's. 

The professors that you are going to interact with you at Orientation want nothing but the best for you. Be able to express your goals clearly. Once you start to connect with your adviser, they'll be more able to help cater your schedule to your abilities and goals. 

Happy scheduling!

--Mary

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