25 Tips for New Students

When asked what one piece of advice they would give to incoming students that they wish they had received, Truman State University’s graduates shared some words of wisdom.

On Academics…

“Use all the free resources Truman provides like tutoring and counseling.”

“It’s okay to change your major.”

“Take classes you don’t need but that you’re interested in.”

“If you are a minority, connect with the Center for Diversity and Inclusion your freshman year.”

“Make sure you meet with professors! They’re friendly people, and it will really help you in the long run.”

“Balance everything. It is possible to get good grades and be involved.”

“Learn how you learn and master it.”

“Go to the Career Fair as many times as you can and as early as you can. Look into internships and study-abroad programs, too.”

“Be open to all career paths. Shadow as many places as possible.”

“If there’s something you always wanted to do/learn  ̶  acting, hip-hop dancing or taking Latin  ̶  do it now! This is your moment.”

On Student Life…

“Take advantage of the events/speakers, etc. on campus. There’s so much to do — you’ll never be bored!”

“Join groups and clubs and make friends freshman year.”

“Get to know the people on your floor. They may just be your best friends for the next four years.”

“Truman goes by fast. Spend time with friends and make memories. You won’t remember the tests you took but will remember the friends you make.”

“Be intentional with others, ask them to hang out. Don’t wait for people to come to you.”

“Spend time with international students  ̶  get to know them and learn from them.”

“Try everything and find something to be involved in early.”

“Take advantage of all the opportunities Truman and Kirksville have to offer   ̶   the special events, the movies, the free food  ̶  don’t miss anything.”

Final Advice…

“Don’t be afraid to try new things! Truman’s a great place to branch out of your comfort zone. Take advantage of it.”

“Never give up! This school is tough but very rewarding!”

“Let yourself have the freedom to make mistakes, grow, and learn from them. You will do great things!”

“Always have a plan B.”

“Take time to relax and enjoy this beautiful place.”

“Don’t be afraid to try new things, and don’t be afraid to give stuff up.”

“Stop, smell the daffodils, and enjoy every minute. And love the squirrels well.”

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