Every single college student has been a first-year student at some point during their life regardless of if it was spent at Keene State College or not.
As I am currently in my junior year, I have a fair amount of experience when it comes to maneuvering throughout the KSC campus and the surrounding city of Keene. Since I know just how difficult it can be to reach out to others for advice on what to do, I want to give some advice to all of Keene State’s new students.
The first piece of advice that I would recommend to a first-year college student is to get involved with any number of the numerous student organizations that Keene State College has to offer. I absolutely believe that the best way to meet people and make new friends is through these organizations. The annual Keene State College Student Involvement Fair hosted by the Office of Student Involvement is hands down the perfect way to learn about each of the student organizations while simultaneously talking directly to the students who run them.
If you find yourself walking down Appian Way during this event and are not seeing any clubs or organizations that really peak your interests, I would recommend just throwing your name down for a few random organizations because you never know if you might like something until you try it.
I used this exact tactic during the event my freshmen year and one of the student organizations that I signed up for ended up being The Equinox. At the time, I honestly never thought I would actually go to any of their meetings because I never considered myself a writer, but since I had nothing better to do at the time, I decided to attend the meeting. This ended up being the best decision I’ve ever made.
Through The Equinox, I genuinely discovered my passion for writing opinion pieces, which I could’ve never imagined myself discovering without deciding to write my name down on a random student organization’s contact list. The concept of going up to a random organization’s table with absolutely no knowledge of what the organization is about can be extremely nerve-wracking, but I can assure you that there is always a place for you somewhere in every single organization. The annual Student Involvement Fair is happening on September 10th from noon to 3 p.m.
My second piece of advice is to talk to your professors about any questions or concerns you may have. Out of all of the time I have spent at Keene State, I have yet to meet a professor who wouldn’t help me out when I’ve struggled to understand a concept. If you are afraid of raising your hand in class to ask a question, take the time to talk to the professor after class because nine times out of ten, they are willing to answer any questions you want to ask. At the end of the day, it is the professor’s job to help you learn and succeed as a student, so they want to help you understand the topics and concepts for the class.
The third piece of advice I want to share is that time management is an incredibly important skill to have or learn. The countless times I have spent trying to cram in an assignment an hour before it is due is honestly horrifying. Time management isn’t one of those skills that you will only use once and never touch again. You will use time management throughout your entire life regardless of your future endeavors. Using good and effective time management will save you from more stress and anxiety than you can imagine, down the road. Despite the common phrase of “college students having no free time” being scarily accurate, many of these students would have more free time if they used better time management. If you do not know how to start improving your time management skills, I would highly recommend starting with a planner or calendar to write down when you have classes, meetings, or events and when certain homework assignments are due.
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