By: Martin Urbaniak
If the present day Martin could hop in a time machine to go back and tell incoming freshman Martin (or any incoming freshman for that matter) some advice I would give:
Stay on campus during the weekends: Do not succumb to home sickness or boredom when you’re first getting used to campus in the fall. There is so much to do on campus during the weekends! Go to football games and support Eagle Nation, head outside and enjoy the beautiful weather, throw around a Frisbee or toss a baseball. Play volleyball or have lunch on a bench outside. There are so many people to meet and so many things to do, why go home?
Be open to new things: This is your chance to explore, find new things, try new foods and think with new ideas! This will not only help you evolve but being open minded and branching out will help you learn more about yourself.
Make clear goals and priorities: It sounds so simple but goal making is something that is easily overlooked. Make clear and attainable goals for your freshman year and beyond. When you have your set priorities and goals, you will have something there to guide you.
Don’t overbook your schedule: College is busy, and it can turn hectic if you spread yourself too thin. Know your limits and stick with your priorities. Stick to a schedule, but allow a little time for spontaneity.