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Advice to the Class of 2018 (From the Class of 2014)

Message to Incoming Freshmen (Class of 2018)



Below find some golden tips from the 2014 Graduating Seniors to the 2018 incoming freshmen. 

Good luck out there and it isn’t that bad here
Take your studies seriously since they are your primary reason for being at TCNJ, but don’t let it rob you of enjoying the next four years here.
Go to class  and have fun
Bond with your friends, have fun, and be happy where you are now
Fight for the classes you want to take and what you want to do, it may be frustrating, but it is worth it to build your own education.
If you are going to commit yourself to a major in the school of HSS make sure that you take advantage of all of the opportunities it has to offer. TCNJ is nothing without it’s professors and administration, you will not believe the lengths they will go to in order to make sure you are well prepared for life after TCNJ, appreciate them.
Take advantage of the many opportunities offered to you!
Take advantage of every opportunity presented to you for leadership and experience that School has to offer.  Follow up with every single internship that is posted regularly in your respective department.  Those opportunities will set a clear path to your future employment.
Make the most of your TCNJ experience on campus, but be sure to extend your experience beyond Metzger Drive! Study Abroad! Community service! Get creative, but fine some experience that you enjoy and sets you apart.
Take advantage of all of the amazing opportunities on campus, get to know faculty, don’t take a minute for granted
I would encourage them to take classes that they have never taken before and to try something new! Step outside of your comfort zone and challenge yourself to learn something new
Be yourself. Don’t be anyone else. Do not feel the need to hide who you truly are YOU are paying for this experience make the most of it and do not be afraid to raise your hand a lot, or ask a lot of questions or challenge a point of view. You paid for an education, don’t sell yourself short.
Create a schedule, follow that schedule, leave room for fun, and stick to what you love
Open your eyes to the social issues of our time and do something about it.
Study hard, but find time to enjoy college
Time flies! And you grow so much you do not even realize it. By the time you’re a senior, you’re ready to leave yet nostalgic at the same time. Four years in college are a crazy, stressful, yet awesome time.
Become close with the professors and don’t underestimate your abilities!
RENT proclaims that one year is 525,600 minutes. Your college career will encompass nearly 4 times that much time. That may seem a lot, but really think about it. That is the same amount of time it took you to graduate high school. How many times have you thought, “Wow, that went quickly! I remember when the first day of class was!”? That is the same for me as well. Right now, I am remembering my first day of class, Chinese 151 with Dr. Mi and Professor Liu. These four years will go by quickly, no question about it. Every minute counts during this time. You cannot get them back, so this is your chance to EXPERIENCE. When life throws you something unique, something different, a one in a lifetime opportunity, take it. Don’t over-think your choices and options. Always be cautious, but LIVE LIFE. Live, laugh, learn. Carpe Diem, seize the day.
Carpe Diem.
Transferable skills are a real thing.  HSS classes teach you something that sitting in a lecture based science or math class never will: to speak up, to think outside the box, and to see things from all sides.  I thought this was “poppycock” or something like that when I first heard the term, but as I prepare to graduate I see that I have really benefitted from my English classes and that they have prepared me for the healthcare profession I am pursuing indirectly.
Be your authentic self. It’s scary to put yourself out there, but try to be honest with people that you meet. You’ll feel good about it at the end of the day because putting on a facade is tiring.
I would tell the incoming class to take advantage of EVERY opportunity and always try new things. College is a time to explore, push your boundaries and develop yourself. Do not ever stop challenging yourself to change and grow.
- Get to know your professors, they are here to help you on your individual journey / – Think outside of the box; the skills you develop as part of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences are broadly applicable to so many jobs and career sectors. / – Apply for internships as early as possible! Try to have more than one before you graduate. /
Don’t be afraid about getting a job with an HSS major.  These majors train your mind to think in unique ways and it will help you gain the edge at internships and interviews.  Also, a minor (or two!) in a major that teaches you a specific skill would be a good addition.
Plan ahead! Take lots of internships and classes that interest you
If you think that anyone around you knows what they’re doing… they don’t. Find what you love and love it with all you have. Yes, you will have to deal with the “well what are you doing to do with that degree?” question and you can respond, “Do what I love and love what I do.” Because I can tell you now, I’m living it. Money doesn’t define your character and it never will. There’s a Cree saying that goes, “Only after the last tree has been cut down, only after the last river has been poisoned, only after the last fish has been caught will you realize that you cannot eat money.” /  / The ultimate currency is passion. The ultimate currency is love. If you have an infinite supply of both, your soul will never hunger.
College is hard, so work hard! We’re lucky at TCNJ to have some really great professors, so utilize them. Seek experiences that are at your disposal as a TCNJ student, such as getting involved in research, studying abroad, and doing community service.
College is hard, so work hard! We’re lucky at TCNJ to have some really great professors, so utilize them. Seek experiences that are at your disposal as a TCNJ student, such as getting involved in research, studying abroad, and doing community service.
College is hard, so work hard! We’re lucky at TCNJ to have some really great professors, so utilize them. Seek experiences that are at your disposal as a TCNJ student, such as getting involved in research, studying abroad, and doing community service.
Do not pigeon-hole yourself and place all your eggs in one basket: explore disciplines you never dreamed of studying, because they can really change your life in ways you never saw coming.
Don’t be afriad of trying new things. In fact, attend as many events, trips, and club meetings as you can because that’s the only way to really know what your true interests are.
Study…and study hard. Pull all nighters, drink a lot of coffee, and drill the books. More importantly, remember to take care of yourself. Exercise, relax, and have an outlet to blow off stress. It will all be worth it when you graduate with a high-paying career offer, can engage in intelligent conversation, or successfully challenge someone’s ignorance.
Take advantage of every experience and do not be afraid to explore. Some of the best and most interesting classes and professors were those outside of my major so be open minded about classes, people and opportunities.
Explore first, then decide what you want to do! Don’t feel as if you have to jump into your future field immediately. And study abroad!
get involved on campus
Try to take every opportunity that comes your way (or at least consider it before writing it off) whether the opportunity fits perfectly into your 4-year plan or is way off in left field. Give it a shot. You never know what kind of amazing people you’ll meet or illuminating topics you’ll learn about.
It is very important to take classes outside of your major. For instance, if you are a Psychology major, take Philsophy and Sociology classes. This is what a college education should consist of. It is not beneficial to take classes only relating to your major, but to learn as much as possible in a range of departments.
It will all be okay in the end. Do what makes you happy, but stay efficient, diligent, and on task
Have an open mind and take a variety of classes because you NEVER know what may spark your interest. It only takes one class to change your career path and goals. Also, always attend classes because it only hurts you if you don’t. Make the most of your college experience and become a well rounded student by joining clubs, sports, and honor societies. You will make mistakes, but learn from them. Mistakes will only make you stronger. Finally, utilize HSS professors! They are the best.
get to know your professors
Take advantage of the opportunity you have to try new things, whether it’s a class in a different discipline or studying abroad in a country you’ve never been to. Don’t worry if you’re not sure what you “calling” is, or if you can’t pick a major just yet. You’ve got plenty of time for that, and the exploration can be very fun. Also, try going bingo; it sounds like something old ladies play in church basements, but here it’s intense with hundreds of dollars in gift cards on the line! Take advantage of all of the opportunities you have to get free food, and get to know your professors, a lot of them are cool people that do lots of interesting things when they’re not teaching.
Do not be afraid of the dark. Learn to be comfortable with who you are and know that there are so many possibilities for YOU out there. The world is literally what you make of it. You will learn so much and not even realize it until the very end.
Even when you fall, try try again, because the reward is worth it!
Be open to new ideas and people. Explore everything if you’re in doubt
These four years are going to go by quickly. The college will provide you with options, so why not take them. It is better to have tried and failed than have never tried at all, as it is how we learn, through experience.
Have fun — don’t take social relationships so seriously in the beginning, because the people that are meant to be in your life will be along for the ride as you morph into adulthood.
Don’t be afraid to dream big and learn that it’s okay if you don’t succeed. You’re here cause you want to be- and it’s your job to make it the most enjoyable four years of your life.
take advantage of all the events the school offers and make as many connections as possible, especially with your professors because they helped me both personally and professionally
Take advantage of every opportunity that comes your way.  Be passionate about everything you do and enjoy the people you meet as well as the things you experience.
Be open-minded! Take a class in something new. Experience new things!
Enjoy your time here. Take classes that make you have intense debates about topics that interest you and be proud of your ability to write crazy long academic papers. Be passionate, whether about research, academics, or extracurriculars. Always talk to and become friends with people in your classes. Open up to your professors. Respect your education and the privilege it is to be able to pursue your undergraduate degree.
Take your classes seriously, but NEVER be afraid to go to a professor’s office hours and ask for assistance!  It shows you are dedicated and willing to learn!
open your mind!
Stick around, it only gets better. Your peers are friendly and helpful. Your professors are friendly and helpful. Even people you don’t know are friendly and helpful. The resources are there, you just have to put in a little effort and you’ll have the time of your life.
Never have tunnel-vision, because just a little bit of venturing outside your comfort zone can help you discover your true calling.
Always try your best. You’ll never get to live again like you do in college. Enjoy it.
Embrace every moment, because in the blink of an eye it’ll all be over. Growing up isn’t all it’s chalked up to be; stay young.
Take advantage of every networking opportunity, start trying to get internships as early as possible, and talk to your professors!
Go to your professors office hours!
Get involved in something. Get to know professors, they want to help you.
Listen to your gut, don’t freak out if people tell you your major is “useless” (it most certainly is not), find a club or two your freshman year that makes you happy and stick with it. Don’t wait too long to look for internships. Take advantage of free lectures, professors’ office hours, and events where there are free food! Do not stay in the TCNJ bubble- try to make connections in the Trenton community
Life is not always defined as you enter college, but through time you will ultimately find yourself and possibly figure out what you would like to do with your life. Life is full of possibilities, it is spontaneous, and one must brace their selves for whatever may come on this long journey.
make the effort to make meaningful friendships, get involved on and off campus.. find volunteer work you actually enjoy and stick with it-volunteerism looks great to employers/grad schools (plus you will be a happier person b/c of it). take the initiative with professors-get involved with their projects and don’t be afraid to ask for help.
My advice would be to try new things in college.  One of the only regrets I have from high school is not trying certain sports/clubs because I thought I wouldn’t be good enough for them.  Instead of putting these roadblocks up in your mind, be open to new experiences.  The same goes for being friends with people.  Be open to new friendships, even if the people are not the types of people you think you would ever want to be friends with.  Some of my best friends from college are people that I didn’t necessarily think I would end up being friends with.  Give people a chance – they could be your best friends for life!  I would encourage freshmen to talk to people in their classes.  As a senior, there are so many people I am friendly with, people whom I say hi to on campus.
I would tell them to look into the self-designed program, or to mix it up with their studies. Take advantage of the fact that you’re going to a liberal arts college. Go abroad in the summer. Have more than one major or minor. Do it all.
Get involved: with your friends, classes, professors, clubs, everything. Do not be afraid to ask for help and be willing to admit weakness.
Take that risk
Take everything that you can! If it sounds fun take it! The best classes are ones that you are passionate about as soon as you put them into your shopping cart.
Take advantage of every opportunity our school and campus has to offer. Also get to know our Dean, because he truly takes the time to know us as students and build relationships with us to make our school the best it can be.
Don’t settle. Go after what you want. You’ll have plenty of time to settle later.
I would suggest that they take advantage of all of the clubs, classes, and honor societies that our department has to offer. If they are a world language major or minor, I would highly recommend them to study abroad.
Never be afraid to get involved or talk to a professor outside of class. Professors are not people to be scared of or intimated by, they will be the ones to help you excel and to help you find what your true passion is. Never give up even if you have a hard semester, there is always time to improve and do better next time.
You can have all sides of the triangle, sleep, social life, and academics.
I regret not studying abroad. If you have the opportunity to go, plan ahead! Even if it is a Maymester or in the summer, it is something I definitely missed out on.
a B average with many campus activities will give you a million more memories than an A average with no other involvement. Make friends, take chances, and remember that the grades are only part of your experience.

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