If you are like I was my senior year of high school, you are now worrying about: paying for college, what you want to major in, how you will make friends, how to get good grades, and ultimately what you should do to prep for the rest of your life! Hopefully you aren’t worrying quite as much as I was, but in case you are, here is some stuff I learned about common college worries that should help to put you at ease.
CHOOSING YOUR FUTURE – Most high school seniors don’t know what they want to do for the rest of their life… and that’s okay!
At UW Oshkosh, you have got general education classes to find your interests, many professionals ready to answer your questions, and so many resources to explore. We even have career counselors who are here to help us on this journey.
CHOOSING A MAJOR – I came to school declared as “Undecided” and was congratulated for choosing the most popular major at UWO for freshmen! That’s awesome! On average students change their major three times anyway.
Don’t stress, but actively try to identify what you like to do and what you want to learn in school. The Undergraduate Advising Resource Center is full of advisors who help us along the way.
PAYING TUITION – It’s so much money, right? No worries, we have a Financial Aid Office full of people ready to answer all of your questions about paying for school.
They have loads of information on loans, grants, and scholarships. Make an appointment with them and you’ll see how painless of an issue this is. We also have many on-campus jobs and summer opportunities to make some cash.
GETTING GOOD GRADES – You may think that in college you are “on your own” and never receive help. False! We have so many opportunities for help that it’s possible to get an “A” in every class.
Our professors give us their email addresses, phone numbers and office hours so we can ask them questions or just stop in to chat. There are also free tutors available for any class from the Center for Academic Resources. Another great way to boost your learning is to attend study groups with your classmates. Many larger classes offer study sessions once a week or around exams.
5. PREPPING FOR LIFE – You can start gaining experience that prepares you for life after college as soon as you get here.
- Join student clubs or organizations to develop leadership skills, work with others, and work towards a common goal shared by your peers.
- Next, obtain an internship that will give you firsthand experience in your field. Our academic departments and Career Services Office work together to help us obtain these positions.
- Finally, network with students, faculty, and alumni. This does wonders in helping us find great opportunities that will benefit us. You will be amazed at how many people are interested in you and want to see you succeed.
MAKING FRIENDS – No matter if you are shy or outgoing, you can make friends at UWO. As a freshman I was astounded by the eagerness of students to welcome me in whatever I wanted to do.
Don’t be afraid to say “hi” to people in your classes, or residence halls. And if you aren’t comfortable initiating conversation, that’s fine. It will only take a moment before someone is doing the honor of starting it for you. If you want to hear about some great places to meet people, look out for my future blog: “Top Places to Make Friends.”
Hopefully you’re feeling a little less worried about coming to college! If you’re still feeling a little off, just remember: you don’t have to know everything right now, just know how to ask.