There are many events for new and returning students to attend to get integrated with campus life. However, while meeting new people may be a worry for some, others are worried about what to expect, what to do and where to get help while living far away from a support system. Students and graduates from different colleges across Colorado gave their tips for first-year students.
“Learn how to network,” said Myrisa Mitchell, a third-year student at Colorado Mesa University.
Since Mitchell was located at a different campus for her first two years, she was not able to network with those who were on the main campus, which is something that she says she regrets.
Networking can help now only with making connections with those in the same major, but it also helps with getting scholarships and opportunities to meet and connect with people who work in the field you want to pursue.
“Be confident and don’t be afraid to ask questions,” said Araceli Cortez, a 2019 University of Colorado, Denver alumna.
Many students are often worried about asking questions, whether it be in front of a classroom, through email, or during office hours. However, what professors say is true: If you have a question, there is most likely someone who has the same question. Asking questions is the best way to make sure you are fully understanding the content that is being taught.
“Use the Writing Center, especially if a professor says to,” said Hannah Miller, a second-year UNC student.
The Writing Center, located inside Ross Hall Room 1230, is a great resource for getting help with papers. Since different teachers require different paper styles, such as MLA or APA, the Writing Center can help with formatting, grammar and making you a better writer. The Writing Center is open by appointment both in-person and through Zoom.
Miller also mentioned the importance of getting to know your professors and using their office hours.
Professors want to see you succeed while at your time at UNC. Their office hours are there to help you understand the material more, and often many professors open them just for those who want to talk about life in order to learn about their students more.
“Don’t take it too seriously,” said Mohammad Mohammad, a third-year student at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus.
While this statement may come as a shock to some, this one is an important tip. While school is important, some students spend all their time studying and stressing about school. It is important to take time for self-care and for some fun. There needs to be a balance between school and fun, otherwise, if all you ever do is study, you will have time to experience everything UNC and Greeley has to offer.