November 14, 2012 in Advice
Dear Future Drury Freshman,
I’m here again to impart some wisdom about your future here at Drury University. Freshman year is a pretty overwhelming and I think it’s best to know a little bit of what you’re going to get yourself into in just a few more months. In my last letter, I told you a little about what to do before coming to Drury (you can check it out here).
Participate in Orientation
Even though (in my honest opinion) some of the activities that happen your first week can be a little bit cheesy, they can be pretty fun if you’re involved and social. It’s a great way to meet new people and get free stuff! I remember for my first week of school here I was a little bit iffy on whether or not I wanted to go to the skating rink and some of the other stuff that was happening.
Luckily, I did it anyway and really ended up enjoying it plus I didn’t have to pay for food for a majority of that week! One of my favorite parts of orientation was the free Pineapple Whip at semester kick off party. Those of you who don’t know what Pineapple Whip is yet, you’re in for quite a pineappley treat.
Get to Know the People in Your Hall
For students living in the dorms, the people in the hall will be your neighbors for rest of your year. Why not get to know them a little bit? It makes dorm life a lot easier if you’re surrounded by people you know and enjoy to be around and it’s much easier to be living with friends than a group of strangers.
Now I understand that it’s not always like this and you may not be able to be best friends with your suitemates or the guys that live across the hall, but at least you can be on friendly speaking terms with them. It makes freshman year a little less overwhelming, believe me.
Get Involved in Clubs and Extracurriculars
Drury has a huge number of different clubs or organizations to choose from and I’m sure you could find the right one for you. One bit of advice I would give to you is to give clubs a chance that aren’t just specific to your major. Political science major? Try some of the different art clubs on campus! English major? Why not the running club? Follow your passions, not just your academic pursuits.
And of course, time for the shameless plug for Greek life…RUSH! You’re in no way obligated to join a fraternity or sorority by rushing and it’s a great way to get to know all of the different folks involved in it (plus MORE FREE STUFF).
Rush is a great way to get to know a surprisingly diverse group of people and be able to hang out and eat pizza or play laser tag (depending on which Greek organization’s event you decide to go to).
Well future freshman, I hope this information was helpful! Be sure to shoot me a message in my Ask tab if you have any more questions or would like me to cover other topics that are on your mind!
Good luck next year!