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What I Wish I Knew…

i wish i knewIf I could go back and tell myself anything on the first day of college it would be “be open”. It sounds like a simple phrase, but it is very important. It’s important right off the bat to be open in all senses. Be open with yourself, when finding friends, when choosing clubs to be in, etc. Don’t think just because you have never tried a certain hobby that it is too late to start. We are all thrown into college at the age of 18, made to … Continue Reading

My top three mistakes my freshman year

I made many mistakes my freshman year! The top three are:

1. Ordering books
2. Managing my meal plan
3. Overextending myself.

The first year of college is definitely a learning experience and everyone is different.

I am the oldest in my family so I had no siblings to help me figure out what to do or not do. Having to be independent and learn from my mistakes was a huge growing experience.

Ordering books was something I was definitely worried about. My freshman year, I ordered every book it looked like I would need.

Unfortunately, when … Continue Reading

What I wish I would’ve known: High school homework isn’t the same as college homework

href=”http://blogs.bgsu.edu/pieces/files/2012/09/klebe.jpg”>During high school I thought I knew all that I needed to know when it came to schoolwork.

I decided to take four AP classes my senior year of high school. I thought taking all these AP classes would help prepare me for the workload I was about to encounter at BGSU.

I was wrong.

I earned a low GPA my first semester of my freshman year at BGSU. I didn’t understand why my grades were suffering. One thing I never did in high school was read the textbooks. The teacher always taught us what … Continue Reading

What I wish I had known: Keep your door open

As an incoming first-year student at BGSU, you are fresh out of high school and have the next four years all to yourself.  This is the perfect time to do the things you have always wanted to do.

BGSU is unique from other universities in so many ways, but one thing that I think is very special to BGSU, is each student’s ability to make a difference here.  Whether it is creating your own student organization or joining the largest or even smallest organization on campus.  This is your time, so cherish it.

The next four (or maybe five….) years will FLY by, … Continue Reading

What I wish I had known: Look for an on-campus job right away

Hi! My name is Shawn. I am a senior here at BGSU. I came from a small town outside of Cleveland. This university has been great to me and in my three years on and around campus I have really learned a lot about BG.  These are just some of the things that I have learned:

  • Do not get over involved. There are more than 300 organizations on campus, but you do not need to be involved with all of them. Just pick a handful that you are really interested in.
  • The Tour … Continue Reading

What I wish I had known: Don’t try to relive your h.s. schedule

Looking back to my freshmen year so many memories come rushing back. Both the good and the bad experiences have a fond place in my mind.

However, the list of what I wish I would have known is rather lengthy. Above all, one thing stands out in my mind that impacted everything else: unconventional schedules.

Coming fresh from high school I was in a groove. Same class, same time, every single day, same place, same people, practice before and after school, etc. made life a blur of the same old same old.

Then I went to college. Talk about a culture shock. If … Continue Reading

What I wish I had known: ‘You’re going to be nervous and afraid’

Some people say, “Don’t be afraid! You’re going to have so much fun and be so successful!”

That’s terrible advice.  It’s terrible because it’s not realistic.  I’m going to edit it and say, “You’re going to be nervous and afraid, but you will have fun and you will be successful!”

I was super outgoing in high school and highly involved in band, so naturally I assumed everything would be easy when I got to college.  But then I showed up and suddenly lost all of my confidence.  It had nothing to do with … Continue Reading

3 things I wish I had known before coming to college

You’ve heard of “tunnel vision,” right?  I think I am prone to tunnel vision when I’ve been driving too long.  I’ll pass a highway patrol officer while going just a little bit too fast or nearly miss my exit, and it will suddenly occur to me that I have been staring at the weird vanity plate on the car in front of me for 30 minutes and missing everything else in my surroundings.  Here is a term you haven’t heard of: “senior vision.”

As a student in high school, I had a … Continue Reading

What I wish I had done … joined a fraternity

I cannot believe it is already April! There are only two more weeks of classes, and one week of finals until summer vacation officially begins!

Just a few months ago I was traveling the country visiting national parks.  Now, I am about to finish my junior year?!  Time goes by before you know it.  I am sure most of you hear that college is one of the best times of your life and that you should take advantage of it.  Well, I am.

Since I started college I have had a few regrets.  I wish I would have joined a social Greek … Continue Reading

My advice: ‘Get involved’ and ‘give back’

One of the organizations I am in is a co-ed service fraternity called Alpha Phi Omega.  Basically, we meet once a week to discuss what volunteer opportunities are coming up for the next week.  Our three main principles are leadership, friendship, and service.  I got involved my sophomore year to boost my resume and meet new people.  I quickly fell in love with Alpha Phi Omega and took it to another level.

This past weekend, I went to Miami University for the Section 56/59 Conference.  All the chapters from across Ohio were at this event.  I attended a few workshops and … Continue Reading

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