Starting College 101: Advice for new students

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It is exciting to be a Miner, but we know that starting college can be overwhelming at times. So we turned to the experts for tips.
We asked a dozen S&T students — ranging from sophomores to seniors — for their best advice on thriving during the first month of college, relieving stress and living on campus.
Here’s what they had to say:
Something brand new
“You have started a new journey and the best way to thrive and survive is to be fully invested and engaged in all areas,” says Jenna Gardner, a senior in ceramic engineering from Metamora, Illinois. “Don’t dwell on what was left at home, but focus on the adventure the next few years will take you on.”
Andrew Rausch, a senior in mechanical engineering from Monett, Missouri, sees the start of college as the opportunity for a fresh start.
“You are who you want to be,” Rausch says. “Nobody at college knows who you are, so this is your opportunity to be who you want, regardless of who you were.”
Opening Week 2018 as the incoming student class moves in the residential halls and attends the opening picnic. Sam O’Keefe/Missouri S&T
Make friends.
All 12 students weighing in stressed the importance of making friends and building relationships.
“I am a really big family person, which made it a little hard to leave everyone close to me at home in Germany,” says Tim Schreffl, a sophomore in business and management systems from Rosenheim, Germany. “The first month can be challenging if you do not have any friends here from the get-go, so it is important to not be shy and just walk up to people in your classes or on campus and start talking to them.”
“I know that without the friends I found my first month at Missouri …

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