9/4/18 | You’re moved in. Your dining card is loaded up. You’ve got change for approximately 1,000 loads of laundry (give or take). Your academic schedule is committed to memory. You’ve explored Downtown Providence and you’re getting the hang of where everything is. You think you’re ready for anything the academic year can throw at you. Mostly.
No matter how organized you are, your first year is going to be a whirlwind — a good whirlwind, but one that’s inevitably going to throw a lot of new information, new challenges and new opportunities your way.
Amidst all the change, growth and even uncertainty, never forget that you are part of a community that has your back. We asked some of your fellow Wildcats (they were in your shoes not so long ago) to share their best advice for making the most of your first year. (A few parents offered their 2¢ in between goodbye hugs.)
Not surprisingly, advice from upperclassmen focused on getting to know Providence, getting involved on campus and making tons of friends — all crucial for getting acclimated and starting to feel like you’re part of the rhythm of campus life.
“Network and get out of your comfort zone!”
“Definitely explore Providence. It’s a beautiful city — it’s got so many things to offer.”
“There are so many clubs and organizations on campus. You’ll find your place in one of them for sure.”
“Get good grades and have a great time!”
Gearing himself up to say goodbye, one dad gave his son a big hug and the following parting advice: “I love you. I hate to see you leave. Please study!”