Monthly Archives: June 2014

A Letter To A First Year Student

Orientation 2014

Orientation 2014

Dear Incoming Freshmen,

Can you believe it’s that time already? Freshmen Orientation is here! Pretty soon you’ll be walking around campus, meeting your future classmates, and preparing a new life for yourself. This can all seem kind of scary, but don’t worry; it’s actually a lot of fun!

A year ago I, too was an incoming freshman. I remember being nervous to travel the two hours away from my tiny hometown to come to the city of Salem for my orientation. Despite my nerves, I ended up having a fabulous time! Most of the friends I made my first year here are people I met during orientation. It is a time not only to get to know your university, but also to get to know your peers as well. Don’t be afraid to introduce yourself, ask questions, or even just get to know your Orientation Navigators. We can be a good resource on campus.

Before you know it, you’ll be moving in for the fall semester! My advice for you is to:

  • Ask Questions: There are tons of resources and offices on campus and we all want to help you succeed. If you have any questions, don’t be afraid to seek answers.
  • Get Involved: A surefire way to really become part of the Salem State community is to simply get involved! There are tons of awesome student organizations on campus. If you’re a resident, think about helping out your Community Council. If you’re into planning events, consider joining Program Council! If you’re thinking about joining a fraternity or sorority, talk to any of the Greek members on campus! Studies have proven that getting involved boosts your esteem, and elevates your grades!
  • Study, Study, Study: While yes, the social aspect of college is often exhilarating, it is important to remember that you’re here to learn. College is different from high school and you’ll find that you’ll actually have to study more. Bring your books to the new library and get some studying done! It’s the perfect place to learn all about the French Revolution, the subjunctive tense in Spanish, or whatever you find yourself exploring in your studies!

Finally, just remember to breathe. Many people say that college was the best four years of their life! Prepare to have a good time while you accomplish your goals. You can do anything you set your mind to! I can’t wait to meet you and introduce you to SSU during orientation! Don’t be afraid to say hi, and good luck with your first year here at Salem State!

Ruthie Sterling

Orientation Navigator

Spanish Major

(Ruthie Sterling is a guest blogger for the Student Involvement & Activities office)