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Wise Words

Anyone who says that college is easy is lying, despite it being the best time of your
young adult life.
Second-year Computer Science student Austin Mathewson feels as though he needs to set
the record straight for the newcomers because he was “always told that college is really hard, the
professors are really strict.” Lo and behold, high school was being “a little too extra” in their
description.
He wants students to know that yes, it is hard and professors can be strict, but there is
nothing to fear if one can learn to balance.
Third-year students Jessica Velez and Tyquan Nimmons were first fearful of how they
were going to balance their priorities since their workload was sure to increase. Nimmons, who
majors in Criminal Justice, was worried that his full-time job and full-time student obligations
were going to clash.
“I ended up doing well,” Velez said with a look of relief. Cutting class is not an option, Velez, an
Early Childhood Education major, stressed. If a student decided to “miss a class, it could really
mess up [their] overall semester.”
Agreeing with her, Nimmons said that a student’s whole semester would then be trying to
catch up “Even doing one homework assignment a day [would really help make a difference],”
Nimmons said.
What kind of advice would a student give to their younger, fresh-faced college self? “Get
the textbook, but wait until the first day of class before ordering,” Nimmons said. Always make
sure you really need it, instead of wasting money.
He also suggested looking online for cheaper prices on the required texts, particularly
Amazon.com, because “nine times out of ten you’re going to get it cheaper through Amazon.”
Second-year Social Work major Katelyn Schoelles said she had to deal with social
anxiety and figuring out where she truly belonged. All that changed with getting involved, which
is what she suggests students do as soon as possible.
“It is really important that you find your home here…that you feel like you fit into,”
which is what she found when the she found the honors society she said.
Christopher Curtis, a Communications Major, agreed with Schoelles about getting
involved. Both suggest joining clubs or societies, possibly befriending a professor, and allowing
a connection to form because everything is easier with friends. They suggested that students
understand that they can accomplish whatever they put their mind to if they believe in
themselves.
Curtis said it is OK to say no. He had the problem of taking on too much work at once,
which did him no favors in the end. “[Biting] off more than you can chew” really puts a damper
on a student mentally, emotionally, and physically, not to mention the impact it has on grades.
“You’re here for your academics,” he said.