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College Advice from Students for Students

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Students walking the same path

After high school College is the next big step. It gives people the opportunity to explore their passions and figure out where they fit in this society we live in.

Over 70% of Students at Stanislaus State are first generation students. Most students who go into college have no idea what to expect and are suddenly bombarded by the responsibilities of their new life.

Here are some important things new students should know as they begin their college journey. 

Choosing classes sets the foundation for the semester. Each class taken furthers a student’s academic career.  

Danny Johnson, a campus Staff Minister, says, “Make sure you read the courses you sign up for. Really make sure that the courses you sign up for are the courses you want.”

Preferred courses may not always be available and a less preferred class must be taken. Professors teaching those classes can play a pivotal part in the students’ experience taking those courses. 

Ethan Hobbs (junior, Anthropology) says, “Look up your professors before you register for classes to see what people have to say about them. Because first impressions are important, especially your first year.” 

He continues on saying, “It helps to know what your professors expect of you for that year.” 

The semester can be stressful and mentally draining at times for all students. According to the Mayo Clinic Health System, “Up to 44% of college students reported having symptoms of depression and anxiety.” 

The Mayo Clinic also says that common symptoms of depression and anxiety include emotional outbursts, lack of energy, changes in eating and sleeping patterns, and difficulty with schoolwork. 
Stanislaus state has resources to help students with mental health problems. The Counseling and Psychological Services office or CAPS is here to help students through any mental health problems that might be plaguing them, free of charge for students enrolled at Stan State.
A lot of students find that joining a club or being more socially active can be helpful in integrating into the college experience. 
The COVID-19 pandemic taught us the importance of socialization and dangers of isolation. People of all ages, genders, and races require some sort of community to support them in their life.
Dezi Ortega (Freshman, Business Administration) joined the Christian club Chi Alpha at the beginning of his first semester. He said the best part of college for him has been the community he has found and the friendship has made. 
He said, “Put yourself out there and speak to people. If you’re not good at speaking to people, take little steps to improve yourself. It’s the small steps that count…”
A lot of students find that joining a club or being more socially active can be helpful in integrating into the college experience.
Helen Ngo (Freshmen, Pre-Nursing) is a member and leader of the InterVarsity Club at Stan State says, “The people I have met and the love and care I have received from them. They have been so generous and transformative.” 
The beginning of any journey may seem scary at first. Connor O’Blenis’s advice for new college students is, “Don’t sit in the back of the class, sit in the front of the class.”
He continued on by saying, “Be slow to speak and be quick to find friends. Don’t be picky at first and be friendly…”
Ortega concluded by saying, “Just trust the process”

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College Advice from Students for Students