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Students share tips for your first semester

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Current NDSU students said getting out of your comfort zone and taking advantage of campus resources play a big role in a successful first semester.

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

How do you get involved? How do you know what major to pick? Will your professors get to know you? What if you need help?

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

Get out of your comfort zone

“Being a first-year student is probably one of the scariest and most exciting times of your life,” said Katelyn Blotsky, a senior human development and family science major from Mandan, North Dakota. “But if you just hide in your residence hall, college isn’t going to be fun. Try some new experiences that maybe scare you a little bit. Embrace college fully for what it is and don’t be afraid to try new things.”

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 Career and Advising Center will help you find your best fit. It’s OK if you don’t have a major right away.

“There are so many programs at NDSU designed to help you thrive,” said Molly Harper, a sophomore from Omaha, Nebraska. “Don’t try to do it alone. I really wish I took advantage of those things earlier and actively looked for resources during my first semester.”

Find your home away from home

Many people need some time to themselves to recharge or to take a break from studying near some of the more active parts of campus. Finding a quiet place of your own on campus can help energize you throughout the academic year.

You’ll also find comfort in finding friends with similar interests in one of NDSU’s more than 270 student organizations.

“Whatever or wherever it is, find that place that feels like a home away from home,” said Kayla Jones, a senior psychology major from St. Louis. “That way you always have a special place that gives you comfort.”

Find a fun class

“We get a little wiggle room for our general classes,” said Emma Hanson, an art education major from Oak Harbor, Washington. “You don’t always have to take classes that relate to your major. Take a fun class that you find interesting and it might even lead to a new hobby or something more. I enjoyed my human development classes so much it became my minor.”

Enjoy Welcome Week

Welcome Week is a great way to meet make connections. You’ll also learn about student organizations, campus resources and academic colleges that can help you get involved on campus.

“I think taking an active role in Welcome Week is a huge part of succeeding at NDSU,” Blotsky said.


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