By Jared Kennedy
Freshman year is full of mistakes. Let’s get that out on the table right now. You can try your best to do exactly the right thing, or not, but either way just like life in general you are going to make some errors. The key is learning from those errors and handling yourself with tact and grace in every situation difficult or otherwise.
You may be able to avoid some misfortunes by listening to the advice of these upperclassmen who have been around for a few years.
“Get involved, with anything and everything you can.”
Phil Foster — UNO admissions counselor
“Put yourself in situations where you can meet people.”
“I wish I knew it was okay to speak up in class.”
“Explore the university, don’t just go to class.”
“Be interactive with upperclassmen.”
“Don’t stress about your major—I’ve changed four times.”
“Buy your books online.”
“Sororities aren’t as stereotypical as you think. Greek Life has diversity and there is a home for everyone.”
“Passion first, major second.”
“I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes. Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You’re doing things you’ve never done before, and more importantly, you’re doing something.”
Neil Gaiman, author