40 for Freshmen: Advice from students past and present | entertainment

High school to college is a large jump to make, and it can often be overwhelming for many people. Thankfully, there have been many people that have made this jump successfully that have shared their knowledge with The O’Colly. Here are 40 pieces of advice to the incoming class of 2026.

“Go to office hours and get to know your professors. Building relationships and networking makes a huge difference in the long run.”- Jack Beadles, junior in entrepreneurship and management

“Don’t say no to any opportunity that could bring you new friends. If you get invited to an event, especially during welcome week, take the risk and go.”- Tara Mason, sophomore in applied exercise science

“Realize that the amount of accountability you had in high school for doing the right thing, making good choices, going to class, doing homework, etc. is now much different. Analyze your own strengths and weaknesses and don’t be afraid to ask for help.”- Virginia Coonce, sophomore in hdfs: child and family services

“Don’t worry about making friends. Every single person is in the same boat as you. Everyone wants friends just as badly as you do. Put yourself out there, and I promise, it will all work out.” — Landry Ehmer, sophomore in nutritional sciences allied health

“Make sure to park where you are supposed to. If not, they’ll find you and give you a ticket, or worse, the boot.”- Oklahoma State alum

“Always take any free things you can get. Even if you don’t think you’ll use it, you will.”- Trinity McMahon, junior in biology and zoology pre vet

“It’s okay to feel a little lost in your first semester. You’ll eventually get your footing.” – Haley Velez, sophomore in marketing

“Study every day.” – Aaron Maloney, sophomore in mechanical engineering

“Have your values ​​clearly articulated in your head before you go to college. Thinking about what your limits are in terms of drinking, drug use, sex, academic cheating, etc. is better than going with the flow. You don’t want to wake up one morning wondering how you got to this point or having to face the life-changing consequences of a bad decision”- Oklahoma State alum

“You don’t have to rush to have friends. If you hate the sorority you rush, just drop. You’ll be much happier.” – Lily Chavez, sophomore in political science and global studies

“Find a good church home.”- Jenna Curry, 2 year junior in communication sciences and disorders

“Tide Pods (or generic pod detergent) are the best detergent for doing laundry”- Tyler Brandes, junior in marketing

“Ask for help. Go to the 321 Student Union Freshman Success Center. Utilize the resources on campus.” – Mariah Martin, sophomore in English

“Don’t cut off your social life. Do what needs to be done with school and then have fun with friends. Social interaction will get you through.” – Hunter Muncrief, senior in aviation management and aviation security

“Wear flip flops in dorm showers”- Oklahoma State alum

“Find a good Bible study group to stay grounded while there. Enjoy the orange life from a Christian perspective.”- Oklahoma State alum

“For move in, keep it simple. You accumulate things throughout the year and don’t need to buy every little thing before moving in.” — Anixza Resendiz, sophomore in environmental science

“Don’t eat at Linguetti’s.” – Maddie Hawley, sophomore in accounting and sports management

“Don’t overwork yourselves. If you think it’ll be too much, it definitely will be.” – John Muths, sophomore in electrical engineering

“Know your capacity and learn when to say no. Do not overwhelm yourself with activities.”- Reem Mansy, senior in architecture

“Be prepared to say no. There are so many things to do, but you have to choose what you want to do.” — Rosie Perez, grad student in applied exercise science

“Join different organizations. Take the paddle people for example. It’s a great way to make friends. We are not just friends in this organization, but we are a family.” – Michael Dickerson, 2year senior in emergency management

“Go to class, do your homework and don’t stress about your GPA. Unless, I guess, if you’re trying to go to vet or med school. Also get an internship. Very few companies actually care about your grades, but pretty much all companies care about your knowledge and experience before graduation.” — Colton Leu, senior in mechanical engineering

“Get the All Sports Pass and go to as many sporting events as you can. You’ll miss it once you get out of college” – Oklahoma State alum

“The most important thing is using the opportunities Oklahoma State offers to get internships and lab positions to boost your knowledge and experience before graduation.”- Savanna Bojorquez, junior in psychology

“Please learn how to study and learn what kind of learner you are.” — Teressa Brown, junior in pre med psychology and pre med biology

“Go to class, don’t let yourself get behind on homework, and find organizations to get you plugged in so you can make some great friends.”- Addy Epperson, junior in animal science & ag communications

“I would recommend working at the library if in need of a part time job. They work great with busy student schedules and over thousands of dollars of scholarships to their employees.” — Jenna Lanham, junior in nutrition

“Coming into a new environment like college can be very overwhelming, I know from personal experience, but there are so many resources and people on campus who want to make you feel as comfortable at OSU as possible. No one knows you need help unless you ask.” — Chelsea Spearman, sophomore in secondary education

“Establish relationships with professors early on. You’ll need them for recommendation letters. Also, make friends with people in your classes so you can study with people and if you miss class, you have someone to tell you what you missed.” — Peyton Merrill, a junior in psychology

“A hidden gem of campus dining is Country BBQ in Kerr-Drummond. It’s only open for lunch typically, but it is so worth it. Also make sure to check out Taylor’s in Nancy Randolph Davis. Their menu switches every week & they have some amazing dishes prepared by fellow students.”- Lanie Varner, a junior in entrepreneurship and marketing

“The most important thing to do is to balance your time. Whatever you wish to be involved in outside of classes, make sure you have sufficient time for all of it.” – Lenard Sabio, a junior in mechanical engineering

“Don’t hurt yourself to get assignments done. If you know you can only handle finishing 2 out of 3 assignments, then weigh your options and decide which one will hurt less to drop. Your grade can handle it and you can always discuss with your professors before it’s due.” — Bethany Mitchell, a junior in entomology

“Make friends within your major early and maintain those connections beyond the classroom. The communication and friendships can last much longer than if you just talk to them during class.”- Tyler Helm, a junior in aerospace security

“Call your parents every once and awhile. You’ll both really get a lot out of it.” – Tyler Brandes, junior in marketing

“So many things that would’ve gotten you bullied in high school will make you the coolest person in university. Take time to cultivate your personality and live authentically.” – Elijah Longaberger, a 1st year psych PhD student

“Build a connection with your hall mates as freshman coming to live in the dorms. You’re going to be living in your respective hall with the same people for a year, it makes things a lot easier when you have people next door to talk to and leads to a much more comfortable living environment.”- Madilyn Wilson, a junior in animal science with a pre-vet option

“As someone who just finished going through all of the mess and excitement of freshman year is to step out of your comfort zone. Don’t be afraid to do anything alone either. Whether that is going to a sporting event, or an event on campus, or joining a club, just do it. Don’t be afraid to talk to your professors or the kid that sits next to you in class either. You don’t want to look back and regret an opportunity you didn’t take.”- Cheyenne Hampton, a sophomore in hospitality and tourism management

“Prepare to have a lot of negative emotions along with positive ones. Being independent for roughly the first time, having more responsibility and having more free time means having more failure than success at first. Look for healthy ways to vent out negative emotions. OSU is great because they offer free counseling and hotline for mental health.”- Oklahoma State alum

“Remember that you are paying to be here and as such you should get your money’s worth. That is to go tutoring if you don’t understand something and meet your advisor and professors when you need help. This is an investment that costs thousands of dollars, make sure that every penny spent is well spent.” — Thérèse Madeleine Tankam, a junior in biochemistry

As a new semester is rapidly approaching, the Cowboy family past and present welcomes in the class of 2026 into the ever growing community at Oklahoma State.


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