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Tips for your first semester

You may be feeling both excited and nervous, but it’s normal to have questions about life in college during your first semester at NDSU.

Is it going to be hard? How do I know what major to pick? Will my professors get to know me? What if I need help?

Here are some first semester tips from students who’ve already been through it:

Don’t be afraid of your professors. They are approachable and want to help you succeed.

“I was really anxious one day in class, and my professor took the time to reach out to make sure everything was okay,” said Caren Blashke, a senior majoring in human development and family science. “It really proved to me how much the faculty and staff here care and want to help you grow more than just academically.”

Take advantage of NDSU’s student resources

ACE Tutoring Center, The Counseling Center and One Stop in the Memorial Union are all free student services that can help. The resident assistant in your residence hall also is a big help. If you’re looking for something specific, or have a question about NDSU, they will know the answer or direct you to the right place.

Your interests may change as you take classes, and the Advising Resource Center will help you find your best fit. It’s OK if you don’t have a major. Blashke wishes she realized her first year that there isn’t just one route to get to a career goal. “Embrace your own journey and don’t stress about what others are doing,” she said.

Enjoy Welcome Week

Welcome Week is a great place to meet new friends, faculty and learn about organizations your first week on campus.

“Getting involved was the best decision I made,” said junior Alex Meyer, an apparel, retail merchandising and design major. “There is something for everyone here. Don’t be afraid to step out of your box and try something new. Finding a healthy balance between academics and a social life will set you up for success.”

Fall semester classes begin Monday, Aug. 26, at 4 p.m. The first full day of classes is Tuesday, Aug. 27.


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