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Seagull send off: Passing the torch: Advice from graduating seniors to freshmen


Staff Writer

As graduation quickly approaches, many SU seniors are looking back on the last four years
and reflecting on lessons learned both in and out of the classroom.
The Flyer asked graduating seniors what advice they would give to the freshmen class after
everything they’ve learned the past four years. All of the answers I received had one thing in common: cherish your time at SU because it flies by.
Here are five things seniors want freshmen to know:

  1. Get involved. “Involve yourself in everything you possibly can,” said Michaela Hatlee, an education major. Getting involved can mean joining a club, organization or sports team. When you find an area that interests you, you’ll make friends with like interests and hobbies. There is a club on campus for everyone, you just have to find the one (or three) that is best for you.
  2. Be yourself. Hatlee and nursing major Taylor Ferner both agree that you should just be yourself. “The people who learn to love you for exactly who you are the people you’ll want to keep around,” Hatlee said. You may feel pressure to change yourself to “fit in.” But the great thing about college is that there is a place for everyone. If you stay true to yourself, you’ll attract the right kind of friends who like you just the way you are.
  3. Spend time with the people you care about. The friends you make at SU will be with you for the next few years. But after graduation, the chance that all of your futures will overlap is uncertain. “You’ll never be this close to all of your friends ever again…spend time with the ones you love and cherish every moment you have with them,” senior Emily Petschauer said. Your friends may all go separate ways after college, so it is important to spend time with them while you can and make memories to last you the rest of your life.
  4. Ask for help. Senior Michelle Zawalick knows that professors can be a big help when you are struggling. “Don’t wait until the end of the semester when you’re failing to get the help you need,” she said. “Utilize your professor’s office hours. That’s what they are there for.” Sometimes it can be intimidating to ask your teachers for help, but that’s why they have office hours. When you ask for help it shows your professors that you care about the class and
    are willing to put time and effort in, and effort is often the best remedy for a bad grade.
  5. Step outside your comfort zone. Hatlee agrees with the common saying “these are the best four years of your life,” and she wants freshman to know it. “These will be the best years of your life,” she said. “Don’t waste them. Leave with no regrets.” Take a class you are interested in. Don’t be afraid to change your major. Put yourself out there and you won’t regret it.

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