Aggie Insider: Freshman Survival Guide

By: Dennise Quintanilla Email
By: Dennise Quintanilla Email

College Station, TX Graduation is around the corner!

In less than 2 months I will become a graduate of the best school I could’ve attended, Texas A&M University. In a few weeks I will no longer be a student and will have to step out onto the real world to start a new chapter in my life. Although I’m beyond scared, I’m also excited to discover what’s out there.

I stepped foot on this campus in the fall of 2010 as an anxious freshman who was excited to start the much heard about “college life” who people guaranteed it would be the best years of your life, and indeed those statements were absolutely true. It’s amazing the memories I’ve made thus far and of course the incredible friends I’ve met along the way. I know that without doubt I will dearly miss the life I’ve been accustomed to since the fall of 2010.

I ordered my cap and gown yesterday and I just couldn’t believe how fast time has passed by. Time literally does fly! It seems like it was just yesterday that I attended my New Student Conference and I remember how exciting that experience was. I work as a peer recruiter and work with students that will be incoming freshmen in the fall. I see how pumped they are in starting college and barely starting that chapter in their lives. For all incoming freshmen I have a few tips that I would like to share, some that I wish I was more aware of at the beginning of it all:

1. Know how to study
Knowing how to study is crucial in order to survive in college! Back in high school I would never really study for any of my exams and I would always get pretty good grades for someone that really didn’t study. However, here at A&M there’s no way that I could ever do that. It’s hardly impossible to not study for an exam and manage to pass it. You have to start days in advance!

2.Get involved
There are over 900 student organizations on campus and trust me you’ll find something you’re interested in. There are organizations focused on major, culture, religion, Greek life, hobbies, etc. Being involved is the best way to meet friends and of course to start building your resume. I’ve been involved in several organizations since freshman year and honestly it has been the best thing I could’ve done. On top of being involved, if you have the chance to gain leadership positions take advantage of it! I’ve gained leadership positions in the Mexican Student Association since my sophomore year and now as a senior, I have the privilege of serving as the president. I’ve had such an amazing time throughout my time in MSA and I’m going to really miss it.

3.Time Management
You have to learn how to balance your academics with a social life. If you learn how to effectively manage your time, you’ll be able to excel in your classes as well as have fun and enjoy a great social life with friends. It is possible to do both as long as you really prioritize and know how to divide your time. When you are in college, you have a lot of free time and the challenge for every student is knowing how to use it

4. Last but not least, ENJOY your time as a college student!
You’re only in college once in your lifetime so make the best of it. It is absolutely true what they say about college being the best years of your life. You learn so much about yourself and you really do grow as a person. You become independent and figure out how to survive on your own without your parent’s help.

Although many of us wished we could stay in college a bit longer, everything that begins must end. It’s an end of a great journey full of memories, but also the start of a new chapter that awaits us. College is definitely an adventure and I’m glad to say that I’ve enjoyed every bit of it. For all incoming freshmen, take advantage of your time in school and realize the great opportunity you have in front of you. Study hard but have tons of fun along the way!

Good Luck!

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