Before You Get Here | Kent State University

What are the four things you wished you had known about college before you started?

  1. You don't have to buy all of the text books.  Some professors never touch the book, even though it's officially listed for the course.  Wait one or two weeks to see if you really need to buy it.
  2. If you want to do a special project or program that doesn’t have anything to do with your major, do it. Don’t listen to anyone who gives you grief about it. It’s your education.
  3. Making friends in college takes a little more effort than it does in high school, especially if you’re a commuter. Put in some extra effort to meet the people who sit next to you in class, and join an on-campus student organization.
  4. Don’t trust Rate My Professor. You don’t know what kind of student the reviewer is. You could love a professor someone else hated.
-Meghan Caprez, JMC senior
  1. You’ll be incredibly stressed out, but you will somehow survive and be a better person for it.

  2. It’s really important to put yourself out there and make friends, and it’s easier than you would think.

  3. It goes by fast, so try not to miss any opportunities.

  4. You and your roommate(s) don’t have to be best friends, but you do have to act civil with each other.

-Hanna Moore, JMC sophomore
  1. Tutoring is when you have trouble with a hard class. It doesn’t make you stupid to go to tutoring. Most professors and tutors will bend over backwards to help you. Take advantage of it before the final!

  2. Career services is the best way to get an internship. Not enough people take advantage of the help they offer. Cruise on over to and see what they offer.

  3. Networking is half of what college is all about. If you build your professional network, it will make it much easier to find a job when you graduate.

  4. Save some easy courses for the end. This will make your life easier if you save an elective or two towards the end and have a class where you can be creative and enjoy a class in the middle of all your tough senior coursework.

-Rachel Purget, JMC senior
  1. I wish I would've known how much I'd miss the work load of high school.  College isn't just one big celebration of moving away from home.  It's serious stuff.
-Bryan Webb, JMC senior