Tips from Truman Graduates

21 Tips for College Students from Someone Who Knows

Whether you’re getting ready to start college or are already a college student, here are tips from recent graduates to help you make the most of your college experience.  Some of Truman State University’s December 2016 graduates shared the one piece of advice they wish they had received when they first arrived on campus.December 2016 Commencement Ceremony



On Academics…

Having class on the QuadDon’t be afraid to get to know your professors. They’re human too, and some of them are pretty cool!
Elizabeth—Tina, MO

Be proactive with questions. The offices on campus love to help you.
Mackenzie—Steubenville, OH

It’s okay if you change your major.
Hailey—Columbia, MO

As a transfer student, don’t be afraid to ask questions. If you have them, ask. No one will tell you otherwise.
Sara—Kirksville, MO

Don’t be afraid to explore different majors.
Sean—St. Louis, MO

Take random classes unrelated to your major – learn something new!
Elli—St. Louis, MO

You are used to studying for a test the night before…you will need to start preparing multiple days ahead of time!
Linnea—Kirksville, MO

Freshman year get a 4.0, there is no excuse not to and will help when you’re averaging a 2.75 junior/senior year.
Madeline—Ballwin, MO

On Student Life…

Bulldog fans cheering at a football game in Stokes StadiumTake every opportunity to attend the plethora of community events, speakers, and activities in Kirksville and at Truman.
Brad—Savannah, MO

Get to know older students in your major.
Emily—St. Louis, MO

Be brave and make more friends.
Lu—Dittmer, MO

Don’t be afraid. Join the club, try out for something. Just try.
Danielle—Kirksville, MO

Some members of Cardinal Key at Homecoming TailgateGet involved and take this time to learn about yourself.
Michala—Dittmer, MO

Seriously, get involved, even if it’s just one group you love, join something!
Courtney—Arnold, MO

Be strong, be confident and face your fears head on. Choose your friends wisely.
Jordan—Ballwin, MO

I wish I had the courage to meet more people and join more organizations. Just know that everyone is scared on their first day/year of school, you are not alone.
Sarrah—Kirksville, MO

Don’t underestimate this town. There’s so much to do here as a college student.
Kathryn—Florissant, MO

On Campus Life…

Students chatting on the mallDo not take for granted on-campus housing. #Bills #AC #Heat #Proximity #FOOD
Kristina—Sainte Genevieve, MO

Be open. Be open to new ideas, be open to people who are different, be open to exploring opportunities that arise.
Nasgaree—Kirksville, MO

You’re going to regret all the things you didn’t do so go and experience as much as you can, even if it’s unfamiliar to you.
Hannah—Arnold, MO

Don’t take your time for granted – four years is over before you know it. And don’t sweat the small stuff!
Maddy—Kansas City, MO


VIDEO: Parting Words from December Grads

Commencement Video & Photos