by Sam Schreck
Meeting new people is one of the best things about college. I wish I had introduced myself to random people more often. It could be as easy as poking your head in someone’s open dorm room or sitting down at a random lunch table. Making conversation with different people is how friendships will eventually develop. It might be awkward, but it will be worth it to work on your conversational skills.
2. Read every email from Iowa State
There are so many opportunities that I missed out on because I never actually read through every email I received on CyMail. Just reading the subject is not enough sometimes. There are so many awesome opportunities you might have no idea about. I recommend cleaning through all of the emails you have not read at least once a week so you don’t miss any deadlines.
3. Go to more HSB events
Iowa State Honors Program has many different events that are organized on a weekly basis. I never really took advantage of these fun opportunities. Things like trivia, ice skating, and awkward prom are all put together very well. It is just another one of many opportunities to do something new and meet amazing people.
Side note: Not living in honors housing is also one of my grave mistakes. I hear so many fun stories about the awesome things that go on in the floors and clusters. They definitely did some crazy/fun events and games that I wish I participated in.
There are hundreds of clubs at Iowa State. Some are more seriously involved in your major, and others are just about fun. Just signing up to be put on the mailing list for various clubs makes a difference. All sorts of events are put on by different organizations from the billiards clubs to Engineers’ Week. The old saying (with my slight variation) is right; you can’t say you don’t like it unless you try it. Even going to one or two meetings for a club you might be interested in is better than nothing. You might actually enjoy it a lot. Afterward, you can narrow it down to a select few you really like and run for leadership positions in the future.
5. Enjoy yourself!
Freshman year is the best year of college. You will only get busier with classes, other extracurriculars, and work. Attend as many athletic events as you can or create some hobbies. Do not focus on classes as much as honors students or I usually do. College is about learning more than anything else, but do not overwork yourself to get straight A’s like high school. Take advantage of the wonderful university around you because these are the best years of your life.