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Seniors leave advice for incoming freshmen 

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Hailey RoyContributor

Graduation for the class of 2023 is coming up on May 19.

Seniors gave advice to Crescent magazine editors Hailey Roy and Sarah Shelton for incoming freshmen.

Here is their advice:

Siddhi Suresh:

College is an incredible opportunity to learn, grow, and explore new passions. As someone who has been through it, I would like to share some advice to keep in mind as you enter this new chapter in your life.  

My first piece of advice would be to get involved. Whether it be a club or a job, make sure to explore the diverse community at Southern. Getting involved at any point during your college career can help you expand your network and build valuable relationships. Additionally, don’t be scared to step out of your comfort zone or skillset when you are looking to get involved! 

Secondly, stay open-minded, college is a time to learn and grow, both academically and personally. Be open to new ideas, perspectives, and experiences. Challenge yourself to think critically and expand your worldview. 

My last and most important piece of advice would be to utilize all the resources available on-campus. From academic support to mental health support, Southern has a lot of free resources for students, and it can get overwhelming! Just make sure to assess your current needs and seek help where you need it. Asking for help has always been something I have struggled with, but college has helped me understand that getting some external help only makes you better.  

With that, I wish you the best of luck on your journey at Southern!  

Giana Cardonita:

My advice is to get involved! Southern has so many clubs and organizations that are waiting to welcome you in! Visit the involvement fair, go on Owl Connect, and reach out. You never know where your connections will take you! 

Tavares Chamble:

My advice would be to get to know as many people as you can and introduce yourself to new faces. If you are coming to college with friends from high school, try to explore and meet people that you don’t know so you can make connections and new friendships. I would also advise to stay focused in your classes, make enough time for yourself to get your work done, and to make time to have fun since you’re in college. Keep your GPA high throughout all 4+ years of university and maintain a proper school life and outside school life balance. Make sure you have time to yourself to decompress and replenish your energy. Go to school clubs and events and make new experiences because this is the perfect time to do so. 

Carol Fragoso:

My advice would be to make professional connections, make new friends and the most important, make new memories. It’s corny, but it is true. 

Roma Rositani:

Hi freshmen, I’m Roma! To kick this senior advice off, I’m going to tell you the first thing that you need to do is just shake it all off, all that worry and stress and all those things you’re feeling they’re going to dissipate. Also do not, I repeat, do not procrastinate. It will stress you out and you don’t need that added stress. Don’t be afraid to do things and meet people, at the end of the day this is your college experience, you might as well get the best out of it and enjoy it while you can. It truly fly’s by so fast. I was just where you were and now, I’m graduating in three weeks. Do the things you want to do before you graduate and be yourself, find the people who like the same things you do, go out when you need to, take breaks while doing homework- if you need. Genuinely at the end of the day do what’s good for you. And one final thing, learn how to write good emails to your professors, don’t use acronyms, you aren’t texting them so be as professional as you can. You got this. 

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