1. Never let someone invalidate you or your profession. Be unapologetically you.
2. Accept everything and all things free that are offered at school events. Free things include but are not limited to candy, food, t-shirts, etc.
3. Equality is a beautiful thing. Safe spaces and symbols (like safety pins and pink triangles) that lets groups of people know they are loved and accepted is something I’m proud to have been a part of at SSU.
4. It’s okay not to be friends with everyone. You should be cordial, but you shouldn’t feel like you need to go out of your way to please everyone. It’s exhausting and will give you some extra time to get close to some really cool people.
5. Make sure your friends now how much you appreciate them.
6. Remember to put your health first. There’s only so much you can push yourself to do your homework to reach for your GPA until you have to relax and take a break
7. If you can work during your winter break, do it. As much as you might complain, it’s really nice to earn some money that you’ll need at the beginning of the Spring semester.
8. Buy. Winter. Boots. Yes, they’re expensive but you’ll be grateful when you’re not slipping on ice and arriving to your class covered in snow.
9. Having an on-campus job is really convenient, especially when it gives you experience in your field, knowledge about resources that can help you and other people throughout your college career, and amazing recommendations for future job applications.
10. It’s easy to get caught up in your life at school, especially if you live on campus. But remember to make time for your family, otherwise, you might regret it.