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Student Advice: What do You Wish You’d Known Before Freshman Year?

Want the inside scoop on Meredith College? Hear it from our students. Meredith’s Office of Admissions asked a group of rising sophomores, juniors and seniors to share some advice that they believe would benefit an incoming freshman.

We asked students “What’s the one thing you wish you’d known the summer before your freshman year?”

Students offered the following advice for Meredith’s Class of 2016.

•“It's okay to feel nervous! There are so many others who feel and have felt the same way you do. The important thing to remember is that you have so many resources to help make your transition to college a smooth one! You will never feel alone at Meredith. When you start to feel nervous, replace that feeling with excitement! You are about to begin a very exciting journey in your life!”—Brittany Murray, ’13

•“I wish I had known how busy I was going to be during orientation. I had plans to arrange my residence hall room, get organized before classes, and get acquainted with the area. But honestly it’s hard to do with all Meredith has planned for you to learn before the learning starts.”—Angel Jackson, ’13

•“It’s a cliché, but I wish I had known how different high school and college are. College gives you a lot freedom, and as students people need to find a balance. A successful first semester depends on finding your own balance.”—Shelby Wilson, ’14,

•“I didn’t need as many clothes as I brought, and I should have brought more leggings. I thought I’d be looking cute for class, but that lasted a whole two days.”—Sara Owens, ’15

•“Make sure that you enjoy your summer, and spend a little extra time with your family and friends, because believe it or not, you will miss them, and it really is a lot more difficult to keep in contact with your high school friends!”—Amanda Hall, ’15

• “I wish I'd known more about my roommate! Try to get to know her a bit before you start rooming together.”– Kristen Gallagher, ’13

•“I wish someone had given me advice on how to balance work and fun. I came into college with the conclusion that I was never going to go to graduate school, so I didn’t focus too seriously on my studies my first year. My junior year, though, I decided graduate school may actually be an option, so now I have to work harder for my GPA to be ideal. I still have fun with friends, but if I had found a balance sooner, I may have been able to balance my time more wisely. With that said, however, alumnae often tell me that they wish they had allowed themselves to have more fun in college. The best advice I can give is to find a way to balance your social and academic lives, but don’t ever let one take over the other!” —Chloë Williams, ’13

•“Not to stress out. Meredith is so good at getting you involved if you want to be. It's so easy to make friends and find people with similar interests.” – Rebecca Jernigan, ’13

Next question: What are you doing (research, travel, internship, etc.) this summer?

Contact the Office of Admissions at 1-800-MEREDITH.

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