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Volume 88 (Fall 2016 - Spring 2017)

How to Make the Most of Your Freshman Year

Freshman YearThe transition into college is a tough one for a lot of new students. High school doesn’t teach you a lot about the balance of a college workload and maintaining the trifecta of mental health, good grades, and a fulfilling so-cial life. College is a whole new world where suddenly a new independence is thrust upon you, and you can handle that freedom in whichever way you desire. While you may enter Monmouth afraid of making friends, managing your time, or fitting in in this big sea of new people, every other student has been there before. If you are a new student reading this article, then get ready for some weight to be lifted off your shoulders. A range of upperclassmen are here to provide their insights into the freshmen year struggle and how to make the most of your new beginning.

One of the biggest things freshmen stress out about is managing their time. Justin Robinson, a senior communica-tion student, recalls being nervous about the balance of homework and other commitments. “The biggest thing I was stressed out about was definitely time management,” he said. “Understand that your parents aren’t here, and you’re completely responsible for everything. Its all on you now.”

While the workload can seem overwhelming at first, there are many ways to utilize your time effectively and stay on track. “Have a calendar with you at all times!” recommended Bianca DiPreta, a sophomore health studies student. Maintaining a day planner, setting aside certain hours each week for focusing on studying, and meet-ing up with classmates to work together are just a few tactics to keep up with assignments without getting in over your head.

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Truths About Moving to the Other Side of the World

Australia KoalaWith my passport in one hand and my GoPro in the other, I walked on the plane with the mindset that four months abroad would be the best time of my 20-year-old life. I had never been out of the country before, so why not begin with being 10,000 miles away from my comfort zone? After years of dreaming, months of packing, and weeks stressing, I finally embarked on my journey across the world to Sydney, Australia with my best friend by my side.

First impressions are crucial, and to be frank, my first impression of Sydney was awful. Not because of the scenery or the culture, but because adjusting to living in a new country and the fourteen-hour time difference was a form of torture that I never knew existed. Homesickness formed like a cloud over my head and rained on me everywhere I went. To say I felt like an outcast was an understatement. While everyone went out to explore our new home, I was on the phone with my mom making arrangements to go back to my home. My family supported my feelings and said I could back, but coaxed me to give it a “real” try. Meanwhile, I had already decided that I was heading back to America as soon as humanly possible.

I contacted Educational Opportunity Fund (EOF) Director Colleen Johnson, who is also my advisor, rationalizing on why I wanted—needed— to come back so badly. She told me, “You are in Australia – learning a new culture, seeing new sights, growing as a person. Think about it and be thankful.” She was the one person who was stern with me and really pushed me to stay. Looking back, I didn’t know how badly I needed that push.

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