There is a cliché phrase that “hindsight is always 20/20,” meaning that when you look back on things you always see them differently and are wiser than you were before. Some helpful tips I would give to myself and anyone as a freshman in college would be the following:
- Make friends—it will ease your transition and make you more confident
- Live on campus—it’s a good way to make friends and become acclimated to the campus
- Study abroad—it’s an excellent experience to travel and study in a different country
- Seek help early—don’t wait until you’re in your 3rd year to go see an academic advisor
- Choose your schedule wisely and don’t be afraid to change your major; the average person changes careers 3 to 4 times, so feel free to explore early on in college!
Being a Communications Studies major is tough. Not in the sense that the workload is a lot or the classes are hard, but dealing with snarky remarks from my peers is something that I have come to deal with almost on a daily basis. Many people see communications as a “useless” degree and one that is chosen by people who do not know what to do with their lives. People are always asking me questions like “What are you going to do with a degree in Communications?” I understand why they ask this because communications is a very broad major; you have so many different career tracks that you can choose when you graduate. However, I am here to make the argument that it is because communications is very general that makes it one of the best degrees you can have.
I have friends in this major who want to be radio hosts, lawyers, real estate agents, and even race car drivers. Personally, I am aiming to be a concert producer/promoter. I love spotting talent in musicians and would love the opportunity to work for a record label and help with setting up events. So for those out there who don’t exactly know what career they want, I say declare a Communication Studies major. Not only is it full of classes that are actually applicable to everyday life (such as handling relationships and public speaking), you will be among one of the most diverse group of students on campus.
Freshman year is a time of discovery and adjustment. It’s your first year in college and you’re trying to figure out the college life. There is a lot of opportunity available that every student should explore. When I was a freshman I didn’t take advantage of everything that I could to get involved. Not only that, but my academic habits could have been stronger. If I could go back and give advice to my freshman self, I would tell myself to seize every opportunity and work hard in earning the best GPA possible. You should do well every year of your college career and get involved from the start—it truly matters once you graduate!