Before actually starting college, many incoming students are told myths and stories about what college life is all about. I heard it a million times as a SOAR Leader last summer. The problem is that each and every single person will have their own findings and experiences throughout their time at college.
There are some things that I feel are vital to know before starting here at MSU (which I feel to not be myths!)
1. Involvement is key. It doesn’t matter what you join, rather just that being involved in something outside of the class room is essential to enjoying your time and being successful at Missouri State.
2. Professors want to help. Getting to know your professors sets you up for help inside and outside the class. They are always willing to give additional help on class materials and they serve as great references as your progress in school.
3. It’s time to be responsible. I came into college thinking everything was going to be simple. Whether it was homework, financial matters or times management, I quickly learned that I had to be more disciplined and on top of my actions.
4. Changing your major and class exploration isn’t a bad thing. A majority of students change their major throughout college and going out of your way to truly find what you love is worth it. Being undeclared is never a disadvantage.
5. You’re not alone. Even if you know zero people coming into your freshman year, you’re not the only one in that boat. Don’t be afraid to go out of your way to meet new people.
Justin Roberts, a junior year with a double major in Philosophy and Organizational Communication, is from Frisco, Texas. He is the Family Orientation Coordinator for SOAR 2015, the first to hold this student position in the office. Throughout his time at Missouri State, he has been a SOAR Leader, involved in the Missouri State Disc Golf Club, Student Government Association, and a social fraternity where he served as the chapter president.