As another school year is coming to an end, it is imperative to think about where I was this time last year. I was dreading the thought of not being a freshman anymore and not being able to use my naiveness as an excuse for my embarrassments. I loved my College Ave dorm (Tinsley) and I could not even think about not having a million people surrounding me at all times. Some lessons I learned from the transfer from Freshman to Sophomore year:
- Stay close and make the effort to continue and maintain your friendships from freshman year. Even though some of your friends might have houses and you might still be in the dorms making new friends, do not forget your original crew! They have been there from the beginning and they shared all your freshman year adventures with you! It is a relief not having to create new impressions sometimes and it is refreshing looking back and laughing at the memories you shared together.
- Use Rate My Professor! That site is absolutely amazing because it allows you to gain insight about professors from past students. From my experience, every negative review has been accurate. And nothing is worse than having to endure an entire semester with a horrible professor! It not only robs your learning experience, affects your grades, but leaves you miserable and bored. The comparison of not using the site my Freshman year in comparison to using it my Sophomore year has made all the difference in my enjoyment of class.
- Find a job! I just started as a hostess at Stuff Yer Face this year. Although sometimes it can be a challenge to balance school and work, it is a great way to stay grounded and become financially independent. Being in an environment where everyone is searching for a job, look to your friends who already have jobs and see if they can talk to their managers and get you a job. Remember, networking is key! Also, since you are in your Sophomore year now, you know the swing of things and it will not be too overwhelming.
I chose a picture for Delafield to emphasize how every day is an adventure here at Rutgers!