1. Your Grades Do Not Define You
Freshman Taylor thought that getting straight A’s in college was not only possible but necessary. Goodness, was I wrong. Is it possible? Sure! Necessary? Absolutely not. College classes are completely different from high school courses, some will be harder than others. Thankfully, we have Someone much greater to find our identity in than a grade.
2. Get out of your dorm room!
Don’t be afraid to get involved in things on campus. Freshman year can be scary, but thankfully there are hundreds of other students going through the same thing that you are. Go to movie night on the quad, play capture the flag, the home football game, and maybe even invite someone you just met! Odds are, they want to go too but are just as nervous as you are.
3. Ask For Help
One thing that I love about Gardner-Webb is the plethora of people that are always more than willing to help out students. Take advantage of it! Email your advisor, talk to the professor after class, go to the Writing Center! They care about you and want to help in any way that they can. Don’t be like freshman Taylor and try to do it all alone. They are there for a reason and truly care about your wellbeing.
4. Be Confident in Who You Are
Wow, this is a big one! Coming to college is such an amazing opportunity to find out who you are and who you were created to be. However, never lose sight of who you are and where you came from. Express your opinion in class, share that interesting fact about you in those awkward icebreakers, and be proud of who you are!
5. Try New Things
Don’t be so stuck in your ways that you aren’t willing to try new things. Remember that time you tried broccoli at age 5? That doesn’t mean you still hate broccoli. I think I spent all of freshman year at Chick-Fil-A because that was the only thing that I was familiar with. Explore a new line in the caf, go camping, climb the rock wall, and go hiking! There are so many opportunities to try new things at Gardner-Webb, do it!
6. Take Care of Yourself
Last, but certainly not least, take care of yourself. Take a break when you need it. Take a nap and recoup after a long day of classes. Putting yourself first doesn’t mean that you don’t care about others. It simply means that you are smart enough to know that you are unable help others if you don’t help yourself first.
Taylor Gilbert, '20. Elementary Education Major. Lover of dogs, the gym, and Jesus!