Four Survival Tips | Kent State University

What are four Freshman-year survival tactics?

  1. Be yourself.

  2. Be studious.

  3. Be happy.

  4. Be excellent to each other, and party on, dudes! (Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure, anyone?)

-Meghan Caprez
  1. DO NOT be afraid to ask questions! If there is something you need to know or if you need to know where a building is, just ask someone.

  2. You don’t have to go to EVERY party! Believe me, you will not be missing out on anything if you miss parties to study!

  3. If you are living on campus, use your meal plan sparingly! If you do not use your meal plan sparingly, the last month of the semester will be the STRUGGLE!

  4. Remember you are here at Kent State to receive an education! Have fun, but always remember what you are here for!

-Daria Gaither
  1. SERIOUSLY, don’t procrastinate and your life will be so much easier.

  2. Plan your time to balance studying with time for friends and a job and other activities.

  3. Don’t forget to have fun!

  4. Finding the right group of friends makes everything worthwhile.

-Hanna Moore, JMC sophomore
  1. Bring snacks. Trust me. When your schedule puts your least favorite class at dinnertime and you don’t have any quarters for the vending machine, you’ll thank me.

  2. Make friends with your RA. Being nice to your RA is a good way to make your first year in a dorm smooth and easy. As with everyone, if you make things easy for them, they’ll make things easy for you.

  3. Get involved. Studies show that engaged students are more likely to stay and complete their degree. Residence services offers you a butt-load of chances to get involved. At the very least make friends and get involved with your tiny circle.

  4. Make sure you know that your degree/field will get you a job. Search statistics for your chosen program and see what the projected growth statistics is. You really don’t want to blow $80,000 and four years of your life to end up unemployed.

-Rachel Purget, JMC senior
  1. Use that meal plan to your advantage. Don't overuse it and be left with nothing at the end of the semester, but don't let the money go to waste either.

  2. Find a good balance between academics and having a social life.

  3. Know your professor's policy on skipping classes. Sometimes it's necessary, but you don't have anyone here forcing you to go. Your grade may be affected if you miss too many.

  4. Have fun and realize this is the beginning of some of the best years of your life.

-Bryan Webb
  1. If you work, insist on fewer hours during the last two weeks of classes. Having time to deal with the crunch of late-semester papers and projects is actually more important than having your Finals Week clear. Tell the boss now, and remind him or her before those work schedules are posted.

  2. If the prof accepts questions via email, include a subject line and salutation ("Hi Professor Smith") and put your full name at the end. Get used to making your communications courteous and professional.

  3. Reviewing PowerPoint slides is no substitute for being there. They're good as a reminder of what went on in class, but they’re not much of a learning tool absent a presenter. Keep this in mind when you’re tempted to tell any professor, after missing class, "I'll just look at the slides."

  4. Note the relative weight of assignments. One of my students stayed up late to catch up on simple homework questions from the reading, but blew off the more-costly writing assignment due that day -- and then compounded the error by oversleeping and missing new material in class. Focus first on what counts the most.

-Mitch McKenny, Associate Professor