Blogged while getting ready for Explore USC!

Hey everyone! This week we are sharing our best advice for freshmen, and as I look back over my four years I can come up with a lot of tips that help through the transition period from high school involvement.  Everything from don’t miss football games to try really hard especially your first few semester to getting involved in lots of different things and not being afraid to try new things are great tidbits to keep in mind.  However, I think the most important thing that I’ll keep with my for the rest of the life are the people I’ve met here and the connections I’ve made.  So best advice- get to know EVERYONE!

You never know who your best friend or best job connection is going to be, so always go out of your way to be friendly.  When you first get to college, everyone is in the same exact position- they want to make friends and fit in.  Because of this, it’s really easy to talk to almost anyone about anything! Attending welcome week events and exploring your dorm and other dorms are great starts to doing this, and also just sitting with random people in the dining halls! I’m still friends with so many people I met right at the beginning of college, and they will be my network for the rest of my life!

Also, take every opportunity to get to know people who can teach you new things.  This includes people outside of your major, and also taking advantage of abroad opportunities and international experiences.  You can read about my experiences with iPodia on my blogs and how I got to know a ton of people from 6 different countries! Also, this means getting to know your professors.  Your professors are huge resources of information and opportunities for research, jobs, recommendation letters, and so much more.  Getting to know your professors is so important for your overall success.

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Lyssa Aruda-2015

Lyssa Aruda-2015

Chemical Engineering (Nanotechnology), Class of 2015, Learn more on her profile here!