Hello Otterbein Class of 2020! Hopefully you are starting to adjust to campus life as we reach the end of week two.
Beginning your career as a university student can seem overwhelming. Everyone wants you to join their club, staff or class. You can't tell if someone is telling you to go Greek, or if you've just heard it so many times you're imagining it. You're starting to realize the food in the Campus Center isn't quite as good as you thought, but you've done the math and realized you can't live off Cardinal Dollars the whole semester. You're on your own for your very first time, and it's exciting and terrifying all at once.
Having been in your shoes, we here at Otterbein360 freely offer our advice.
Zoe Glore, sophomore journalism and media communication major: Stay involved. College is the time to do everything you’ve ever wanted to try and you won’t get the opportunity to do it again.
Carleigh Chaffins, sophomore journalism and media communication major: Take care of yourself. Maintain your health and don't kill yourself stressing out about your classes. Eat right, get sleep, take care of your body and mind.
Tom Lindic, senior journalism and media communication major: Find the things that you love to do and be the best at it. But remember, you can do anything you want, not everything you want.
Al Williamson, senior journalism and media communication major: Don’t be afraid to get involved, but don’t over book yourself. I know you want to do everything, but realistically it is not possible. It has ruined a lot of people early on, so be sure to have good time management. Most importantly make good choices and HAVE FUN!
Schalischa Petit-De, first-year journalism and media communication major: Manage your time. Don’t be so occupied with school that you don’t have time to socialize, but also don’t spend so much time socializing that you fall behind in your classes. Find a balance between the two. When you do, your time at college will be much more enjoyable.
Will Day, sophomore journalism and media communication major: Don’t drink on a Sunday. Period. Just don’t do it.
Kris Crawford, junior journalism and media communication major: Don’t stress out too much about your time here. It’s okay to switch majors and departments. It’s okay to be a sixth-year senior. It’s better to drop a few classes and graduate at a later date than to overwhelm yourself. It’s not about how fast you finish school, but what you get out of it.
Also, if you have an 8 a.m. class, go to sleep before 1 a.m. Your GPA will thank you.