Scott College of Business students shares their advice to make your first year as a Sycamore as successful as possible – even in the midst of a pandemic.
Under normal circumstances, starting college can be a difficult transition. It may be your first time away from home, it may be the first time you are able to choose your own classes, or it may simply be difficult to find your place. This year, because of the coronavirus pandemic, the start of the semester may bring even more of an adjustment period than normal. However, you are not alone.
- Hold yourself accountable- Buy a planner, set deadlines, more free time, manage time efficiently
- Find your drive – It’s easy to get caught up in your day-to-day schedule, so it’s important to remember why you came to Indiana State and what you are doing this for. Keeping your eyes on the prize will help you stay motivated to succeed.
- Keep your faith – Have confidence in yourself and your religious or spiritual beliefs. Set aside ten minutes each day for reflection, meditation, prayer, or anything else that keeps you grounded. Your mental wellbeing is just as important as your academic success.
- Meet “your people” – Over 260 active student organizations call Indiana State home, you’ll almost certainly find a group that strikes your fancy. Seize some of the countless opportunities to get involved, but don’t over-commit yourself. You’ll enjoy your activities more if you can dedicate yourself to a select few organizations you love.
- Do what makes you happy – Pay attention to which activities or tasks you naturally gravitate toward, as these could indicate a strong preference for your career. Use your time in college to discover your passions, and take advantage of every opportunity you’re offered.
- Befriend your professors – Your professors want to see you succeed as much as you do, and they’ll do anything they can to help you. Introduce yourself after your first class, and visit your professor during office hours. Don’t be afraid to reach out when you need help. Your professors will be delighted to assist you with your schoolwork, but they’ll also be an excellent resource for finding internships or your dream job.
- Have fun – Your four years in college will fly by, so don’t forget to make some memories you can look back on for the rest of your life.
- Enjoy your home in the Haute –Terre Haute is home to a fantastic park system, as well as several exciting museums, making it the perfect setting for your collegiate adventures. Exploring the town is part of being a Sycamore: challenge your friends to a round of laser tag on the weekends, or snuggle in for a premiere at the drive-in theater. Be sure to munch on Square Donuts while you’re in the Haute; they instantly make every morning sunnier and happier.
Transitioning to college can be an adjustment, but it is also a thrilling experience. “College is an opportunity to reinvent yourself,” Sarah Padan, ’20, explains. “Embrace your fresh start, and decide what type of student and person you want to be.”
We know you will be an amazing asset to our Sycamore family, and we look forward to welcoming you to Indiana State and to the Scott College of Business.