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Tips for College Students: Learn to succeed and conquer your fears

by The Stylus
Wed, Sep 5th 2018 12:00 pm
Elliott LaPoint/Editorial Cartoonist
Elliott LaPoint/Editorial Cartoonist

College is one of the rare places in life where you constantly have the ability to reinvent yourself. Each semester you get a chance to learn and grow, and each year you can be a newer and better version of the person you want to be - or at least that is the hope. 

We at The Stylus know that sometimes rather than finding yourself and doing great things, many students can feel lost. These feelings and thoughts are completely normal, but they certainly are not true. Each year that comes up is an opportunity to adjust yourself and learn from the mistakes that you have made in the past, be it spending too much money, eating out, or not studying enough. 

While each academic year comes with its own struggles, there are two in particular, which seem absolutely amazing, yet scary at the same time; freshman year and senior year. Not that being either a sophomore or junior is any less impactful, but those years offer a semblance of growth and time, which the other two seem to be lacking. With that being said, The Stylus would like to address a few pointers to both the freshmen and seniors here at The College at Brockport. 

First and foremost, it is important for students to constantly remind themselves why they are in college. Sometimes we take for granted the fact that as a first world country, we have access to achieving a higher education.      

For freshmen, entering college can make you feel small. It can be overwhelming to feel lost or alone and see so many other people milling about, seemingly knowing where they are going and having a clear understanding of things. 

Seniors on the other hand, may feel like they have lost their way through their journey. Four (and sometimes more) years of school can allow for a lot to change. Sometimes grades drop, friendships fall apart, or motivation is just harder to come by. Regardless of the fact, sometimes making it through college doesn’t feel like is as cracked up as people make it seem. For this reason it is always important for us to remember why we decided to come to college and what we hope to achieve in the future. Sometimes a little bit of centering is all you need. 

Beyond the self doubt that many of us face, college culture might be difficult in and of itself. Freshmen may feel like they have no place on campus or maybe they are homesick and do not really want to interact with others at all, we’re here for an education after all, right? 

Seniors may feel a sense of nostalgia, knowing their lives are about to change course, which can sometimes leave a sense of emptiness or longing for the security and comfort they already know. This might make it hard to fully experience senior year. No matter the year, finding the perfect balance of college culture can be a challenge.

The magical thing about being either a freshman or senior is the fact that this stage of life is a chance to discover what the next phase of your life is going to be.

 Getting past the initial fear of change is the hardest part of both entering and leaving college. It’s difficult to break the sequence of something you have gotten so used to doing and starting from fresh. However, the biggest thing to remember is that there is always possibility in the future. 

With that being said, The Stylus would like to offer a few words of wisdom to our first year students about entering the new year: 

  • Don’t worry about feeling alone, you will make friends in time. 
  • Utilize your resources and talk to your professors when necessary - it helps. 
  • It is okay to fail sometimes. 

As seniors students are expected to have a clear understanding what they want their futures to look like and have a full fledged plan about how they will accomplish those goals.            This pressure can make students feel as anxious and nervous as freshman first experiencing campus. To seniors we have this to say: 

  • You don’t need to have everything figured out before graduating. 
  • It is perfectly fine for friendships to change. 
  • Graduating college is an amazing achievement, which no one can take away. 

A new school year offers an opportunity to change for everyone, no matter what stage of college they are in. While we may all have a reason to be anxious, it certainly helps to note that college is one of those rare place where opportunity is always knocking. All we have to do is answer

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