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Phew. I think my face is still flushed. There is absolutely nothing easy about speaking in front of a large crowd. I will say, though, it is quite rewarding once the feeling comes back to your stomach.
Last year at this time I would have never thought that I would be speaking at orientation to incoming Manning School of Business students. For all I knew, I would be transferring schools at this point, or worse, dropping out of college.
It wasn’t so bad, though – both completing my freshman year of college as well as speaking in front of 60 eager yet slightly disengaged incoming freshman about my year. Still, there are a few things that I would have liked to emphasize in my presentation that time did not allow.
First, let socializing happen naturally. Two best fiends later and one W (withdrawal) on my transcript later, I will suggest that you let your social life happen as it will. Yes, it is important (even though your parents may say otherwise) but no, it does not decide your fate (although it will definitely decide who you sit next to in class and who may or may not cheat off of your Calculus exam in the Fall – it will happen.)
Second, mo’ money, fewer problems. Although, the saying is formally mo’ money mo’ problems (mo’ meaning more), this is not the case in college. Picking up a job with your free time will not only supply you with a few extra bucks for whatever you may want when at school (well, maybe not whatever you want…), but I will also ease your parents mind as you transition into your first year away from home. A job represents stability and will help in the effort of keeping your parents off your back while you’re away.
And third, ask for help. Just do it. Swallow your pride and ask the hundreds of questions that are floating around in your head. Whether you ask your uninterested Western Civilization professor or that cute kid that you always see in the hallway on Tuesdays, it’s important to stay informed. It’s better to ask a stupid question than it is to embarrass yourself by acting on your own stupidity that came from not knowing the answer.
That being said, my Freshman Year Wisdom has come to a close. Feel free to ask me, or anyone who is a part of the Manning School of Business any question at any time. Also, remember to Like the Manning School of Business on Facebook and to follow us on Twitter @UMassLowell_MSB for more tips, event information, important dates, blogs, and just overall pretty cool stuff. Good luck and go get ‘em freshmen.