Hey new Panthers! You are about to embark on a new unfamiliar journey in your life and though there’s no true way to prep you for it, here are some helpful tips. College can be the most exciting yet overwhelming beginning you’ll encounter but remember, there are thousands of people going through the same thing and have the same concerns.
1. Be aware of your surroundings: Georgia State is in downtown which means you’re surrounded by all kinds of people; our school and the area are a melting pot. Never travel alone. There need to be at least two people with you at all times. Exchange phone numbers and keep in touch.
2. Take your time choosing a major: The last thing you want to do is spend extra money and time on courses you don’t need. When you’re choosing a major, do your research. Talk to upperclassmen and professors. There’s a difference between having an interest in a subject and investing in your future.
3. Follow the crowd: Before you graduate from Georgia State you will have at least one class in a building called “Aderhold.” It’s easy to get lost, but follow the crowd and you’ll get there. The area can be intimidating the first time walking through, so be cautious and refer to tip number one.
4. Develop a study schedule: If you make studying a part of your daily routine, midterms and finals will come less as a surprise. You increase your chances of being prepared and you won’t be focused if you cram days or hours before.
5. Join student organizations: Like choosing a major, you should research the different organizations. There are academic groups and social groups. Each has a list of requirements that you should become informed about.
6. Be free: Enter college with an open mind. There isn’t a set way to experience college and everyone’s journey is different. Ultimately this is YOUR life. You shouldn’t do anything you don’t want to. You’re an adult and you have to make decisions that fit your liking.
Hope this helps and welcome to GSU! #AllBlueAllin #StateNOTSouthern #TheRealGSU