10 pieces of advice for freshmen

by Emily Kauffman – Horizon Staff

As sophomores we want to recognize the transition you as freshman are experiencing. We were in your shoes last year. So in order to maybe create some ease as you try adjust here are 10 pieces of advice we would like to share with you. (Photos by Larry Bartel, Hesston College Marketing and Communication)

de Jesus Roetlin, Nicole#1 “Find someone who is in the same major as you or taking a lot of the same classes as you. That way you guys can learn to lean on each other and if you are questioning whether you should drop the class or switch majors you can discuss with them. They will know the struggle you are going through and can give you some advice.” -Nicole Roetlin

Wisseman, Oliver

#2 “Get the work done that you need to for the next day by midnight.” -Oliver Wisseman

Hostetter, Hannah

#3 “Everything is going to get better. When you arrive at college it’s easy to you think that you’re all by yourself. But know this, your RA wants to talk to you and get to know you, that’s why their doors are open. You also have your MA’s to talk to. If you don’t like any of those, talk to your professors, they will listen to you. If you don’t like the professors, find Julie Lehman. She is a great resource. And if you don’t like Julie come talk to me. Just remember to be yourself, because you don’t want to be stuck in a fake personality the whole year.” -Hannah Hostetter

Raber, Micah#4 “If I was to give one piece of advice to the freshman, I would say don’t live in fear. If you (Freshman) are fearful of approaching a professor, just know that they want you to succeed and excel in school. Don’t be afraid of people. We are all one choice away from community.” – Micah Raber

Oesch, Lorren

#5 “Be vulnerable. If you keep asking people the questions “What is your major?” or “Where are you from?”, you’re not going to get to the deep stuff which is what makes good friendships. Don’t be afraid to let people see past the surface of who you appear to be. At the same time, they also have to be willing to open up too. Putting yourself out there will help you find people who have commonalities. If you are vulnerable about your feelings not just about the facts that will open up another realm for people compare themselves with.” -Lorren Oesch

Leichty, Elliott

#6 “Don’t be afraid to learn new things. Push your limits and don’t be afraid of failure. The people here are happy to help you.” -Elliott Leichty

Zuercher, Ali

#7 “Be willing to get involved earlier is better. It’s a great way to get to know people. I wish I would’ve gone to more CAB events my first year at Hesston. At the beginning of the year I was like “oh that’s not cool” or I found myself just wanting to stay in my room.” -Ali Zuercher

LeFevre, Keegan

#8 “Go into everything with an open mind and you’re bound to learn something!” -Keegan LeFevre

Kauffman, Catie


#9 “Be willing to ask your professors questions because they want to help you. But they can’t help you unless you ask.” -Catie Kauffman

Stutzman, Andry#10 “Try to be as involved as you can. Especially during the first couple of weeks, try to spend most of your time outside of your room. Even though this might feel somewhat uncomfortable at first, the friendships formed during the beginning weeks of school will continue to develop throughout the year into strong, long-lasting relationships that are far more important than the little bit of extra Netflix time you might have gained by spending time alone in your room.” -Andry Stutzman



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