Adjust as Easily as 1-2-3: Advice from Upperclassmen

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Having trouble adjusting to college life after a lazy, easy-going summer? Don’t worry, there are plenty of others that feel the exact same way. It doesn’t matter if you are a freshman just settling in or a senior coming back for the last time, the school year can sometimes hit fast and hard. Here are some tips to ease your worries and help make the best of your Maryville experience:

 

  1. Students outside studying on a beautiful day. Photo courtesy of Aileen Wolk
    Students studying outside of the library on a beautiful day. Photo courtesy of Aileen Wolk.

    Be Prepared for All Weather

Come wind, come rain, come snow, come sleet: do not let the weather have you beat!

With the end of the season and living away from home, it is important  to take care of yourself. It may be nice now, but before long, the fall chill will settle in. Flu season is on its way and taking care of yourself should be one of your biggest priorities. Flu shots are also available on campus for 20 dollars from 11:30 am – 1pm in Gander Quad, or in the dining hall during inclement weather. Contact the Health & Wellness Office for more information or to set up an appointment at 314-529-9675 if you are unavailable during that time. You can pay by cash, check (made payable to Maryville University), or pay at the Bookstore with a credit card & bring the receipt upon receiving your vaccination.

 

  1.  Get Involved 

    Students had the chance to play on an inflatable version of the Hungry Hippo game on campus for Way Outside Wednesday September 7th.
    Students had the chance to play on an inflatable version of the Hungry Hippo game on campus for Way Outside Wednesday on Sept. 7, 2016. Photo Courtesy of Aileen Wolk.

There are plenty of things to do around campus, so do not let yourself get bored. We have just the events and organizations for you. Don’t miss out on campus favorites, like the goose-cup games, open microphone night and fall festival week.

Miss out on the involvement fair? Never fear, you can still join and take part in plenty of activities around campus. It is never too late to have fun and enjoy yourself. Get your mind off of homework and schoolwork and head to some of the many events that Maryville has scheduled throughout the year. You can find a list of these events as well as a list of student organizations here. There are also plenty of sports that will play throughout the year, so make sure to go and cheer on the home team. Click here to find out more about Maryville’s sports teams.

 

  1. The Division of Student Success always has its doors open to any student in need of help. Photo Courtesy of Aileen Wolk.
    The Division of Student Success always has its doors open to any student in need of help. Photo Courtesy of Aileen Wolk.

     Don’t wait until the last minute

If there is one thing the students have learned during their time at Maryville, it is that you cannot let your schoolwork fall behind. Having a busy social life is great, but if it begins to affect your grades, you may need to readjust your schedule. When it comes to advice from upperclassmen, this is the first thing that comes to everyone’s mind.

“Do not wait until the last second to study. Use your professors. Use your tutors. Make sure to study over the weekend,” Karlee Rehkemper, junior, said.

All of the faculty are here to help. If the problem is with academics, feel free to stop by the Division of Student Success in the University Library, email a professor, or start/join a study group. Remember that no student is alone in the struggle of balancing schoolwork and life. Just look around: there are plenty of students on campus to ask for advice or support.

“My main advice is to just stay ahead, read ahead. Do not fall behind because when you do that is when it catches you,” Sabina Softic, senior, said.

Tutoring is also available for those that need it. Visit the Student Success Center in the Library or click here to learn more. Reach out. Explore. Maryville has many connections, but there is only one U. Make the best of these moments and have a wonderful year. Do you have any advice to make life at Maryville a great one? Feel free to comment.

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