Starting college can be stressful enough, let alone in the midst of a pandemic. Some upperclassmen have decided to help by sharing their words of advice and encouragement for this semester’s incoming freshmen. 


Junior mathematics major Ronald Ruch

“Go to classes, don’t put off your work and make sure to go out and find things you want to do. There are lots of people on campus and lots of different clubs and activities to do. It’s not worth it to stay in your dorm doing nothing.”


Junior social work major Tailynn Maldonado

“You are entering a time in your life filled with unknowns. There will be growing pains, abnormalities and struggles, but through this, you will come out a stronger, wiser and better person than when you first entered. With this in mind, take care of yourself. There won’t be growth without self-preservation. You have plenty of resources and people to reach out to, even if you feel like you’re alone. Take time to go easy on yourself and appreciate the assets you already have that contribute to so much more than just yourself.”


Senior elementary education and special education major Cierra Brown

“My advice to incoming freshmen is that it’s OK to fail in and out of the classroom. I have had my fair share of failures with friendships, assignments and exams. In the moment, it may feel like your world is ending, but by next semester, you won’t even remember it. You are not going to be good at everything and that’s the joy of college. You can take different classes, join clubs, meet new people and find things that you can really enjoy.”


Senior elementary education and special education major Bianca Salinas

“Don’t be afraid to get involved and try new things, because you never know who you’re going to meet or where it might lead you. College is also a great way to get to know yourself better.”


Senior hotel and restaurant management major Willie Gerkensmeyer

“In times of great struggle, we struggle together. When things seem difficult and you feel at your worst, there is always someone you can reach out to and someone or something that can keep you on your feet. For me, it is knowing that someone has to provide for my fish family. Maybe for you, it is joining a club and creating that life support everyone needs. Just know that times may be tough, but you are stronger than anything some professor or some bats can throw at you. Above all, enjoy yourself. Life is too fun to be serious all the time.”