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Student Advice to Freshmen

 By: Sarah Everhart, Staff Writer

Freshman year is a new and exciting time, but can also be a very confusing time for a lot of students. The first year of college is one of the most stressful, life-changing years of a student’s life. Many people choose their major, participate in clubs, greek life, or other organizations and find their life-long friends during this time.

One thing that most, if not all, freshmen have in common is that they could benefit from some advice at this point in the year.

Senior, Regan Huneycutt, suggests“to push yourself and reach for things you never thought you could accomplish,” over the next four years. Reflecting on her college years, she says, “It’s an amazing feeling to look back as you are about to graduate on all the things you never imagined you could do and look forward to the bright future you have ahead of you because of all you have done.”

One very imperative thing to do while in college is to get involved and to make friends and memories.

Emily Holbrook, a senior at Wingate reflects, “I am so thankful for everything this university has given me- I would not be who I am today if it wasn’t for Wingate. If I could stand in front of the freshmen today and give them advice I would tell them to get involved and to not take what the university has to offer for granted.”

Emily is a sister of Alpha Xi Delta on campus, and she strongly advocates for the importance of getting involved in something on campus.

Academics are also a crucial part of the college experience, and managing a heavy workload can be one of the hardest parts of freshman year.

Junior, Alyssa Nelson says, “Don’t procrastinate, keep up with your work, take time for yourself, and be open to change.”

Forming a good work ethic and a good study schedule that is easy to stick to is a good thing for a freshman to do.

“Some of the most important advice I can give is to go to class, keep up with all of the work, ask questions and go to office hours,” says sophomore, Jacob Baker.

Keeping up with classes makes it very attainable to make good grades.

College is such an exciting time in all of our lives, and it is important to make the most of it while it lasts because it flies by too fast. So, focus on your schoolwork, but do not forget to get out there and make friends and life-long memories.

Edited by: Rachael Robinson

Pushing New Boundaries at Wingate University

Savanna Harris, Staff Writer

The start of your college journey can come across as daunting. In most cases, everything is new. New city, new people, the list goes on.

From moving into a space filled with unfamiliar faces to hoping that you don’t walk into the wrong room on your first day of classes, it can all seem rather intimidating.

No one knows this to be true more than the 933 new members of the freshman class of 2022 here at Wingate. With orientation long over and classes beginning more than two weeks ago now, they have gotten a firsthand look at college life.

Freshmen Kayden Wilson and Hailey McCarty were both eager to share their thoughts.

Overall, the general consensus seemed to be that, so far, college is great but definitely a far cry from high school.

According to Hailey, “It’s very… different from the life that I am used to. I’ve never had this amount of freedom before. There’s definitely been a learning curve as I’ve figured things out.”

On the other hand, Kayden went as far as to say, “Honestly, college, in my opinion, is amazing. Personally, I thought I would end up being homesick, but I took Ruth’s (one of the Orientation leaders) advice when she said to get involved and have loved every second on this campus!”

Getting involved in your new community can be one of the best ways to become more connected to it. Along with potentially opening up new opportunities, it allows for the chance to connect with people on an individual level.

“I am a part of the Common Ground worship ministry here on campus, as a singer,” Hailey said. “It’s been really cool meeting other people who are into the same things that I am through that program. I’m also thinking about joining the Psychology Club, but I haven’t fully decided yet.”

Another way to meet new people, although this one isn’t quite so voluntary, is living in a dorm for the first time. Hailey and Kayden are thankfully enjoying their new living situations.

Kayden said, “I love my roomies and my suitemates across the hall! We have an open door policy and it makes me feel a lot closer with them.” It remains true that living in that close of quarters with people can cause friendships to form extremely quickly.

All in all, let’s face it, being a freshman can be scary. But, despite occasional homesickness or a particularly stressful class or assignment, college is the adventure of a lifetime. It may not seem like it at times, but running through a downpour to make your 8 a.m. will be worth it in the end. There might even be time for the occasional Netflix binge, too.

Edited by Rachael Robinson