September 10, 2013 | Leave a Comment
A freshman and her family talk about their Day I experience
Clean sheets, neatly folded clothes, still-in-the-box televisions, laptops and boxes.
Lots of boxes.
Dads trudging back and forth from the dorms to their cars, shielding their eyes from the steady rain and dodging fresh puddles forming on the sidewalks. Moms surveying their child’s new home, pointing to where the mini-fridge should go or to the most convenient spot for the TV. Little brothers and sisters looking around wide-eyed, thinking ahead to the day they, too, will be leaving the nest and starting their college careers.
The scene in Buies Creek on Aug. 17 is similar to the scene at universities and colleges across the country. A day that begins with excitement and ends with bittersweet good-byes. A day these new freshmen begin realizing their potential and what life has in store for the next four years and beyond.
Campbell University followed freshman Leslie Wells of Rocky Mount and her family during their move-in experience, catching a glimpse of what the families go through on this milestone day. Leslie is the second and youngest child of Charlie and Martha Wells, whose oldest daughter is a student at East Carolina University.
Her sister’s advice for Leslie’s big day?
“For move-in day, she told me not to stress out or freak out … just go with it. You’ll be OK,” Leslie said. “The first few weeks, she said you really need to push yourself and go to all the events. Be outgoing and meet new people. Otherwise, it’ll be harder to make friends.”
— Billy Liggett
TIPS FOR FRESHMEN
U.S. News and World Report recently offered 10 tips for college freshmen. A few samples include:
• Maintain a budget — Keeping a record of all expenditures will force students to be accountable for extracurricular spending, including clothes shopping and nights out with friends.
• Get along with your roommate — One major transition for many college students is adjusting to sharing a small space with other people. Roommates may be able to avoid issues if ground rules are set from the beginning. Having conversations about cleaning schedules or having friends over can ensure roommates are on the same page.
• Technology is your friend — There are a lot of obligations and events on a college student’s plate and it can become overwhelming to manage. Innovations in education technology have opened the door for students to more easily organize their daily activities through new mobile apps available on both Apple and Android devices.
• Bad grades aren’t the end of the world — Receiving a bad grade can be frustrating, but it can also be a learning experience. Students who have questions about their grade should set up a meeting with the professor, which can be beneficial in numerous ways: the student learns from the experience and the professor gets to know the student.