Your first impression is your best shot at creating connections that can last a lifetime. During your first year of college, you’ll be presented with an incredible number of opportunities and challenges, all of which will help shape the kind of individual you will become.
Here is the best advice I can offer, from my mistakes to my triumphs.
Take advantage of anything that may come your way. A club that applies to your desired field, an event that you may not normally attend but sounds appealing, or even something as simple as grabbing a coffee with your professor to discuss your future in your program. You never know until you try. I was able to find my place on campus simply by joining an organization and as a junior I am now President.
Take chances. Be bold. Some of the best experiences I have had so far in my college career were because I put myself out there and asked for a shot. Even if something seems like a long shot, go for it. Never back down from something just because it seems a bit out of reach. I myself used to be quite shy, and the thought of reaching out to someone terrified me. The key is to start small, and find a few ways to push your comfort zone. Once you start finding things that you truly love, it becomes so much easier to keep trying new things.
Share the ideas you have. Being a first year student has its advantages; you are the new faces and minds of your college or university. Along with being a new presence on campus, you bring along your ideas and perspectives that could aid in completely rebranding a club or organization.
Practice. Odds are, you are going to have to introduce yourself a lot in your first year, whether your campus is big or small. If this is something that makes you feel uncomfortable, practice with a friend! Ask someone you trust to listen to the way you introduce yourself, and see if it leaves a lasting impression on them.
Take initiative. Ask questions and be curious. If you want leadership, ask for it. The best things that come out of your college career can be those moments where you decide to challenge yourself.
Getting acclimated to college can be difficult. You are going to make mistakes, but you will also have great success. You will never know until you give your greatest effort. So go out there and make a name for yourself!
About the Blogger
Kaitlyn DiPietro is a junior at Simmons College in Boston, MA studying Retail Management. She is highly involved in the Undergraduate Admissions office as well as in the School of Management. She has a passion for the fashion industry and also loves to help people find their inner confidence.