How to Win at Your First Semester of College

By Gabriela Morales

Every year, as August arrives so do hundreds of freshmen that are more than ready to start their college lives… or so they think. Here are 14 pieces of great advice from some of the freshmen that just survived their first semester here at CBU.


Jack Charbonnet
"Do not worry if you do not know your major coming in, its better to excel at the gen-eds when you start than to fail at something you may end up disliking.”

Jack Charbonnet


Layne Harris
“GET INVOLVED! If you find an opportunity to do something take advantage of it. Make friends. Make a difference. Make love not war.”

Layne Harris


Matthew Canon
“Do not be afraid of failure, but always try your best. If you put in the effort to succeed, it will pay off in the end. Also, joins clubs and make a lot of new friends. It is not always about the friends you make, but it is about the hands you shake along the way.”

Matthew Canon


Missy Tammi
“Do all of your homework on time.”

Missy Tammi


Mickayla Russell
“Choose what you like to do and do that. There is no need to be ashamed of what you love to do, because I assure you there are people who are passionate about the same things. Don’t be afraid to be yourself and chase what you love.”

Mickayla Russell


Molly Flanagan
“Even if you are super shy or don’t want to be too busy, check out the clubs. I joined a sorority and it has been the best decision. Getting involved helps you make friends and actually helps you keep grades up. Find the clubs you like and get involved!”

Molly Flanagan


"Take advantage of Career Services. They are very helpful. If possible, sign up for the Career Planning class. You will be surprised how accurate the career tests are.”

Georgina Johns


“Don’t jump in the elevator or burn anything in the microwave. You will end up dealing with Campus Safety. Make a lot of friends that will lend you their books. Study hard, work hard and do all you need to do in order to have a good GPA. Don’t leave your underwear in the laundry too long or else someone will steal it.”

Jessalyn Jones


Philip Sater
“Don’t pick a major based on the money you will be making in the future. Pick a major that you think will be fun. Like the saying goes, Choose a job you love, and you will never work a day in your life”
Philip Sater

Patrick Groben
"Don’t procrastinate like you did in high school"

Patrick Groben


Nicholas Pharr
"Even if you are not sure about, look into becoming a part of Greek life. It is not the stereotypical frat or sorority that you may have in mind."

Nicholas Pharr


C.J. Gordy
"Try not to get an 8 a.m. class."

C.J. Gordy


Mary Roe
“Be open to organizations and friendships, even if it doesn't seem like something you'd be interested in coming into school. Basically, I saw a lot of people that were surprised by how big an impact the clubs they joined and the people in them made on them. I think it's good for anyone coming into college just to be open to a lot of different things because college is different than high school and you'd be surprised by what ends up interesting you.”

Mary Roe


Zach Tabor
“Make sure to study and try not to procrastinate.”
Zach Tabor


Gabriela Morales is a Freshman English for Corporate Communications Major at CBU and a staff writer at the Galleon
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