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Students share tips for your first semester

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NDSU students play a game in the Challey School of Music atrium. 

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:

Ana W

Ana Wingenbach

Major: Animal science & veterinary technology

Year: Sophomore

Hometown: Mandan, North Dakota

“My major tip for incoming freshmen or transfer students is to try to be involved with the NDSU community by participating in organizations, activities or sports. It’s a way to get you socially active and something that will help you make friends and find people you relate to.”

Heaven S

Heaven Siewert

Major: University Studies

Year: Senior

Hometown: St. Paul, Minnesota

“My tips for first semester would be to reach out as much as possible to older students. Go to all the events you can get to. Stock up on all the free food and make connections. I didn’t do that as much my first year and, I think if I had mingled more, I would have gotten a better sense of what I wanted to do. I had originally been in civil engineering. It was through asking around and utilizing the resources on campus, like the teachers and staff, that I found university studies and was able to create my own major.”

Breanna M

Breanna Metzenhuber

Major: Veterinary technology

Year: Junior

Hometown: Deer River, Minnesota

“Get out there. Don’t hide in your room. Don’t be a hermit. Just get out there. Even if you want to leave your door open. It helps you meet other students in your hall. It also helps you meet your resident advisor. When you have a defined program, find people in your program because they’re going to be with you the whole time. You get to study with them, make friends and you graduate together.”


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