Jumping into new experiences in college can be daunting, but it doesn’t have to be a difficult process. As a new or transferring student, you are starting fresh and may not know much about the campus or surrounding area. Everyone’s experience is different, but I know I was overwhelmed when I transferred. So, to ease your stress and help you find your way, here are a few tips.
Meet with advisors
First, your advisor is your friend. Navigating classes, knowing where to go and how to organize yourself are all difficult at first. Your advisor can help you navigate school-related obstacles and may even share some wisdom on your classes along the way. Come up with your own questions and try to get as much information from them as possible.
Join a club
Join a club that interests you and helps you bond with others over common interests. From saving the oceans to anime and video games, we have it all at NSU. Find where you belong and make connections and friendships along the way. Go to SharkHub to browse clubs and find out more about what might interest you.
Always put your best foot forward and network as much as possible. There are many wonderful faculty members and students, each with their own unique experiences you can learn from. Get out there, introduce yourself and gain nuggets of their wisdom. You never know, the connections you make now could help you get that internship you’ve always wanted or land your dream job and benefit you greatly in the future. Check out LinkedIn, Handshake and the many opportunities available to us.
Participate in events
Keep an eye out for all the on-campus events. This is something that I can’t stress enough. On-campus events are a great way to meet new people and businesses in the area. Along with fun activities, there are also job fairs and numerous speaker panels where you can ask the speakers any questions you may have in mind. These are a great way to learn more about the industry you plan to work in and what they look for in employees. Find out more about these events as they happen through The Current or the numerous NSU related social media pages.
Get an on-campus job
JobX is a great resource to find all open on-campus positions. Working at NSU provides students with great connections and can provide you with much needed experience for a future career you want to pursue. I have made countless friends and consider comradery key to a fun stay at NSU.
Read The Current
Finally, continue to read The Current. We are always publishing interesting news, features, arts and entertainment, sports and opinion articles. While reading, also make sure to check out our ads — we have local businesses advertising with our paper that offer special deals to students. These deals can range from food discounts to car washes. If you want to save some money on food or other services in the area, keep an eye out for amazing deals and recommendations in NSU’s No. 1 informational resource: the student-run newspaper