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Senior Advice to Upcoming Freshmen

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Posted on May 28, 2015 by Delaware Valley University .

As an incoming college freshman at Delaware Valley University, you should be excited about beginning a whole new chapter of your life. Throughout your college career at DelVal, you’ll create lifelong friendships and be poised for a fulfilling career in a field of study you’re passionate about. However, transitioning to the college lifestyle takes some adjustment, since living at school is a different experience.

To help incoming freshman adjust to life at DelVal, we have some advice from students who were in your shoes just a few years ago. Read on for some tips on how you can become acclimated to life as a college freshman at DelVal.

• Become accustomed to the DelVal campus and surrounding area. Incoming freshman should explore their new community to familiarize themselves with the surroundings. Most freshman have trouble finding the Greenhouse classrooms, for example, so one of your first expeditions should be locating them so you’ll know where to go when you have a class scheduled there.

It’s just as important to explore the DelVal campus as it is to explore the surrounding community. As a freshman, there will definitely be times when you want to get off campus for a little bit, whether it’s for shopping, food or just to experience a change in scenery. Seniors recommend LA Taco as one of the premier off-campus restaurants.

If you’re looking for a classroom or somewhere fun to go over the weekend, don’t hesitate to contact Dr. Reed for assistance. Seniors testify that she is one of the nicest people here at DelVal and is a great mentor for incoming freshman. And, don’t be afraid to take her Anatomy and Physics class either. 

• Keep your residence hall door open when you’re in your room. One of the biggest changes for incoming freshman is living in a residence hall. While intimidating at first, a residence hall is a great place to meet friends, but to do so, you need to be approachable. Leaving the door open when you’re in your room is a great way to show your hall mates that you’re outgoing and excited to meet the people who you’ll be spending the year with. And when you see someone else’s door open, make the effort to introduce yourself. All freshman are looking for friends with whom they can study or eat meals.

• Establish time management habits. As a college freshman, your parents won’t be around to bug you to study. But living at school unsupervised isn’t a free pass to avoid school work. To stay on top of your course work while balancing time for friends and activities, you need to establish some good study habits. Set aside two hours every Sunday through Thursday to make sure you’re on top of your assignments and ready for your exams. 

As a freshman at DelVal, you’ll be in a great place to meet new people and be successful. It’s important to put yourself out there and become familiar with your residence hall and the DelVal community without forgetting about your course work.

Future freshmen who are interested in learning more about DelVal’s community and academic offerings can schedule a campus visit.