What I Wish I Knew When I Was a Freshmen

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What I Wish I Knew When I Was a Freshmen

This blog is written by SUNY Plattsburgh campus ambassador and Intern Queen intern Alyssa, who will graduate this December with a Bachelor&s in Business Management!

As I get prepared to graduate this fall there are a few things I look back on during my college career. A little background on my college career. I was a Culinary Student at SUNY Cobleskill and graduated with an AOS in 2009. Decided that I did not want to do that after two years of school, so I transferred to SUNY Plattsburgh where I switched my major to Business Management.

First off when I got on campus and settled into the new lifestyle as a college student, I wish someone, anyone would of told me how important it is was to join a club, organization or have been involved in on campus activities. Looking back now as a senior, it&s a total regret and something I want every Freshmen to know. It&s not nerdy, nor uncool to be apart of something.

I was a transfer student going into my Junior year only knowing one person on the entire campus of over 6,000 people. You quickly realized most people that far into their college career had their established friends from the two previous years. It was hard to adapt to a new area and campus where you barely knew anyone, had no involvement with anything, and always heard the latest scoop during classes.

Make sure you take your class work serious. Getting a C or D in that basic psychology class as a Freshmen, may come back to haunt you. Not realizing that one day down the road as a senior or even graduate student that either it&s hurting your GPA or you have to retake the class because you either can&t graduate or not get accepted into a Masters program.

Lastly, the importance of an internship. There was not a single person my Freshmen or Sophomore year that mentioned one thing about an internship to me. At this point in time in your college career you should have at least one or working on a second internship. Even if you are unsure what you want to do, do things that interest you. After getting hands on experience from actually doing what you think you like you will soon realize you either one love it or hate it. Best way to help you figure out what you might want to be when you grow up.

Just remember these 3 things:

1- Stay involved on campus
2- Take school seriously
3- Get an Internship or several